Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee
By STEVE EUBANKS  |  Last updated 8/16/13
The facts are well known but Vanderbilt fans love to repeatthem anyway. Yes, last January the Commodores played in their second-consecutive bowl game for the first time in school history. And, indeed, coach JamesFranklins team won that bowl to give Vanderbilt its first nine-win seasonsince 1915, a time when the Ottomans still had an empire and the worldsbiggest movie star was Charlie Chaplin. The Dores set other milestones in 2012, too: they beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time in 30 years, theywon five SEC games for the first time since 1935 and they were nationally ranked atseasons end for the first since Harry Truman was president. These are heady times for the once-perennialdoormats of the SEC. Not too many schools are scheduling Vanderbilt as theirhomecoming game anymore. But just how good can the Commodores become? And what doesCoach Franklin have to do to elevate his team beyond second-tier bowl games andalso-ran status in college footballs toughest conference? ...
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