NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Whenever James Franklin officially accepts the head-coaching job at Penn State, as expected, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams must pivot quickly to replace one of the programâs most successful leaders.
Franklin took Vanderbilt to bowl games in each of his three seasons (winning two), along with nine victories apiece over the past two seasons -- all program firsts. His 24-15 overall record also included 2013 wins over Tennessee, Florida and Georgia, an unprecedented feat in the same year.
Former Commodores coach Gerry DiNardo knows exactly the kind of coach Vanderbilt must hire to maintain the forward momentum generated by Franklin.
"It takes someone young and brash and someone who isn't afraid to make as many enemies as friends," said DiNardo, who went 19-25 at Vanderbilt from 1991-94, before departing to become coach at LSU in 1995.
Excluding Franklin's expected departure, DiNardo and Steve Sloan, who went 12-9 as Commodores coach from 1973-74 befor...