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Maryland Terps

James Franklin

Position in 2011: Vanderbilt head coach

Vanderbilt's previous five seasons: 2006: 4-8; 2007: 5-7; 2008: 7-6; 2009: 2-10; 2010: 2-10 (20-41, .328 combined)

Vanderbilt's past three seasons: 2011: 6-7; 2012: 9-4; 2013: 9-4 (24-15, .615 combined)

Rivals.com recruiting rankings: 2012: No. 29; 2013: No. 19; 2014: No. 25

Attendance: 2011: 32,873 (82.65 percent); 2012; 37,860 (93.37 percent); 2013: 35,675 (88.46 percent)

Skinny: A staunch critic of the NCAA's head-coach-in-waiting rules, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson never seemed all that committed to the one he had under his own roof. Torn between the $1 million he was due if he was not named head coach by January 2012 and the public grumblings from Ralph Friedgen about wanting to stay in charge longer than that, Franklin left for Vanderbilt in December 2010. What people said couldn't be done in Nashville, he has. It took the eight prior Commodores coaches a span of nearly 40 years to reach three bowls; Saturday's BBVA Compass Bowl was Franklin's third in as many seasons in black and gold. And you wonder why Penn State and the NFL seem to want him.

Eve Edelheit / MCT
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