Franklin agrees to new contract

Dec. 2, 2012

Franklin, Williams Press Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt has reconfirmed its commitment to head football coach James Franklin by rewarding him with a new contract.

Franklin led the Commodores to an 8-4 record in 2012 and a second consecutive bowl game for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt's eight wins are the most since 1982 and the team's five Southeastern Conference wins matched the school record set in 1935. Franklin's 14 wins in his first two seasons on West End are the second-most in Vanderbilt history behind only Dan McGugin's 16 wins in 1904-05.

The new contract will include facility enhancements to McGugin Center and Vanderbilt Stadium as a sign of the university's desire to move the football program forward.

"We have a commitment to excellence and we have a commitment to James Franklin as our head coach," Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams said. "He has done a tremendous job and we want to be sure that he has all the tools he needs to continue moving our football program forward. We are committed to having first class facilities and we both look forward to a bright future for Commodore football."

The Commodores will play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on December 31 at LP Field in downtown in Nashville.



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