Vanderbilt appears to have made a smart hire in James Franklin, who guided the Commodores to a 6-7 record in his first season as coach. Franklin wasn't Vanderbilt's' first choice. The team originally made a run at Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. But Malzahn, in an 11th-hour decision, decided to stay with the Tigers. Franklin was set take over for Ralph Friedgen at Maryland in one of those coach-in-waiting deals. However, that deal fell apart when the Terrapins opted for Randy Edsel. So after all the drama and trauma, Franklin and Vanderbilt finally hooked up. It couldn't have turned out better for the Commodores.
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