Vanderbilt's search is over. The Commodores have themselves a new head football coach.
James Franklin, who's been the offensive coordinator at Maryland for the last three seasons, has agreed to terms with Vanderbilt and will be announced as the Commodores' coach Friday during a press conference.
Had he remained at Maryland, Franklin would have been owed $1 million if he was not named the Terrapins' head coach by January 2012. Franklin had interviewed with Vanderbilt multiple times and was one of the names you heard from the outset. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was the Commodores' top target, but decided on Monday that he would stay put.
Franklin, 38, spent two seasons as Kansas State's offensive coordinator before returning to Maryland in 2008 as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was the receivers coach at Maryland earlier in the decade and also took on the title of recruiting coordinator. In 2009, Franklin was named by Rivals.com as one of the country's 25 best recruiters.
He becomes the third black head football coach in SEC history, joining former Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom and current Kentucky coach Joker Phillips.