May 15, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin will serve as a keynote speaker at the first Music City Sports Festival, scheduled May 31-June 1 in Nashville.
The Music City Sports Festival, presented by Delta Dental of Tennessee, is scheduled as one of the first events to take place in Nashville's spacious new Music City Center.
Franklin, preparing for his third season as head coach of the Commodores, will speak on Saturday afternoon, June 1.
During his first two years, Franklin has guided Vanderbilt to a 15-11 overall record and appearances in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl and 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. It marks the first time in program history that Vanderbilt has made consecutive bowl appearances.
The squad's 38-24 victory over N.C. State in the 2012 Music City Bowl was the ninth victory for the Commodores, tying the most in team history, and allowed Vanderbilt to finish the season among the nation's Top 25 teams for the first time since 1958. The bowl also marked Vanderbilt's seventh straight victory, the longest active win streak in the Southeastern Conference.
After the 2012 season, Franklin was named as a finalist for the Bryant Awards Coach of the Year honor. This February, Franklin also coordinated the highest ranked signing class in team history.
The sports festival, co-organized by Nashville sports radio personality George Plaster, is intended to provide an early showcase for local residents of Nashville's new downtown convention center, a massive 1.2 million square foot design located next to Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will feature a variety of events catering to all ages, including an extensive speaker series that includes Franklin, a hockey clinic, a showcase of local college athletic programs, children's activities, and a 5-kilometer run. Additional events will be announced as the festival approaches.
Weekend passes to the event are $8, with single day passes available for $5. Advance tickets can be purchased at MusicCitySportsFestival.com.