During his time in Nashville, James Franklin has led the Vanderbilt Commodores to unprecidented success. Before Franklin’s arrival, Vandy had never been to back-to-back bowl games. Now, the ‘Dores will be playing in their third straight bowl, all under Franklin.
While Franklin has professed his love for Vanderbilt and for the Music City, many think he has done all that he can do with the Commodores. It’s not likely that Vanderbilt is ever going to compete for the Southeastern Conference title, with their academic restrictions and smaller budget.
At some point, Franklin is likely to make the move to another school, and that time might be now. With Mack Brown resigning as head coach of the Texas Longhorns, one of the top jobs in the nation is now open. And Franklin would seem to be a candidate that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson should at least consider.
Franklin would bring an energy to the Texas program that has been lacking the last few years. While Brown was a consistent winner in Austin, there was very little buzz about Texas nationally in recent seasons, and Franklin, who is great with media and boosters, could help the Longhorns’ program get its swagger back.
Texas should consider what Franklin has done with his limitations at Vanderbilt and imagine what he could do with the budget and recruiting base that exists in Austin.
Some in the Burnt Orange Nation will clammer for a bigger name, but if Patterson and the powers that be in Austin want to hire a coach who is a proven winner (and under much tougher circumstances), Franklin should be on the short list of candidates.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.