The decision isn't ours to make, but the Commodores will be playing in either the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville on December 30th, or the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on December 31st.
We will have time over the next few weeks to contemplate just how huge this is for Coach James Franklin, his team, and the program we love. I think VC David Williams should be given a tremendous amount of credit for finding Franklin. There will be a lot of talk over the next few days about how Vanderbilt will inevitably lose Franklin given his success with the Commodores in his first season. I would caution everyone to remember that, in his tenure as overseer of Vanderbilt Athletics, David Williams has only lost 1 coach he wanted to keep (Jim Foster, Women's Basketball who left for Ohio State). Football is only "different," if it is allowed to be different. There is no doubt the university will have to continue to improve facilities and give Coach Franklin and his staff all the resources they need, but it is not a fait acompli that CJF's tenure in Nashville will be brief.. Finally, if you want to help keep James Franklin and his staff, join the National Commodore Club's Gridiron Club.