Franklin finishes his Vandy reign with a 24-15 record after leading the Commodores to an unprecedented three consecutive bowl games, including two bowl victories.
Franklin said recently in tweets to his players that he had not made a decision. That was probably just a smoke screen to not burn bridges with Vanderbilt, who will likely gain a significant buyout from his departure.
Thus begins another head coaching search for Vandy. Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Williams released a classy statement on Saturday morning acknowledging Franklin's departure.
I received a phone call last night from Coach Franklin saying he was going to accept a new opportunity. There is no question that James Franklin's outstanding work has helped put Vanderbilt football on the national stage. We are extremely sorry to see the Franklin family leave our university and community, and we thank them and wish them the very best. Because of James, Fumi, Shola and Addy Franklin, our program is stronger in every way than it was just a few short years ago. While I will personally miss them, I want to assure our campus community and Commodore Nation that we are prepared to begin the process that we've used in the past to identify and hire our other very successful head coaches. We have every expectation to hire an outstanding new football coach to build upon the progress that has been made in recent years.VandyMania.com's publishers and staff also wish James Franklin and his family well. However, we move on and continue to Anchor Down with a new head coach.