James Franklin was the Vanderbilt Commodores football coach from the 2011 season through the 2013 season.
Franklin, who took the job in December 2010 after serving as the Maryland Terrapins offensive coordinator, replaced interim Commodores coach Robbie Caldwell.
He led the Commodores to three consecutive bowl appearances for the first time in school history, including back-to-back AP Top 25 finishes in 2012 and 2013.
Franklin led the team to consecutive nine-win seasons in his final two years with the team, but left the Commodores for an opportunity to coach the storied Penn State Nittany Lions program in 2014.
While Franklin is widely considered one of the best coaches in school history, his tenure with the team did not come without controversy. In 2013, four members of his football team were connected with charges of an on-campus rape of female Vanderbilt student.
James Franklin’s Record at Vanderbilt
Franklin was 24-15 during his three-year run as the Commodores head coach. That included appearances in the Liberty Bowl, Music City Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Photo credit: Cover image of James Franklin by John Russell, Vanderbilt Athletics