Feb. 14, 2013
L-R: Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin; Sen. Thelma Harper, D-Nashville; Coach James Franklin; Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville; and Sen. Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville. (photo by Matt Russell)
Vanderbilt's James Franklin was honored Feb. 13 by the Tennessee Senate as lawmakers recognized his accomplishments as the Commodores' head football coach.
The Senate's Davidson County delegation presented Franklin with a copy of Senate Joint Resolution 62, sponsored by Sen. Steven Dickerson, R-Nashville, and Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville.The resolution praises Franklin for tying Vanderbilt's single-season record with nine wins, a record that has stood since 1915. It's also the most wins compiled by Vanderbilt since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1933.
"In just two seasons, James Franklin of Vanderbilt University has changed the culture of Vanderbilt Commodore Football by taking the program to new heights of success, resulting in huge wins on the field and unparalleled enthusiasm among the Commodore fan base," the resolution reads.