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04:19 PM ET 12.03 | Despite being a hot coaching candidate around the college football world, James Franklin will be returning to Nashville, Tenn. The university announced today that they have agreed to a contract extension with Franklin. Under Franklin's direction, Vanderbilt had their first consecutive six-win seasons since 1950-51 and they reached a bowl game in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. It is safe to say Franklin has made his impact on the program. "We have a commitment to excellence and we have a commitment to James Franklin as our head coach," Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams said. "He has done a tremendous job and we want to be sure that he has all the tools he needs to continue moving our football program forward. We are committed to having first-class facilities and we both look forward to a bright future for Commodore football."

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December 4, 2012  12:14 AM ET

Nice guys finish . . .

December 4, 2012  05:56 AM ET

...Upper Middle of the Pack

December 4, 2012  08:41 AM ET

They're finally excited about football down there in Vandy.

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December 4, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Thought Franklin would be leaving Vandy for a school giving him a chance to show what he could do with more talent and facilities. Good for him for staying.

Hopefully by staying, he will get a lot of top tier talent to Music City.....what a fresh change....Vandy will no longer be looked at as a guaranteed win on the opponents schedule...cannot beat the education the prospects will receive....do wish we had gotten a better bowl game, but it is what it is.....GO DORES............

December 4, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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They're finally excited about football down there in Vandy.

most excitement we have had in my lifetime......we love it.......

December 4, 2012  11:50 AM ET
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most excitement we have had in my lifetime......we love it.......

Surprised....$3 mill is a big number to pay him, but IMO he could have gotten more on the open market.

Congrats to Vandy...outkicked your coverage

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December 4, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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Now if Vandy could lower their academic standards for athletes so they can compete better?

that will never happen......

December 4, 2012  02:34 PM ET
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Hopefully by staying, he will get a lot of top tier talent to Music City.....what a fresh change....Vandy will no longer be looked at as a guaranteed win on the opponents schedule...cannot beat the education the prospects will receive....do wish we had gotten a better bowl game, but it is what it is.....GO DORES............

Sucks for your guys that NW got the Gator, or Vandy would have been there.

December 4, 2012  03:16 PM ET

"You're wanting your son to accept offers from Stanford or Duke. I'm here to tell you he'll gain just as valuable a degree from Vanderbilt, and Nashville is a city where he can make the right kind of connections to propel his future after graduation."

December 4, 2012  03:19 PM ET
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Sucks for your guys that NW got the Gator, or Vandy would have been there.

The Gator selected Miss. State from among the available SEC schools because they have a fan base proven to travel, even to Jax.

December 4, 2012  03:24 PM ET

Vandy gets the Music City because they are a home-town feel good story. Alumni may return to Nashville for the Bowl game plus a stroll down memory lane, and the NCSU fans will travel to the burg for the game. A few grumbles may be heard from hoteliers and merchants, but in these times, they should be happy for what does come from the event in town.

December 4, 2012  03:54 PM ET
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Vandy gets the Music City because they are a home-town feel good story. Alumni may return to Nashville for the Bowl game plus a stroll down memory lane, and the NCSU fans will travel to the burg for the game. A few grumbles may be heard from hoteliers and merchants, but in these times, they should be happy for what does come from the event in town.

Vandy will have a strong showing at Music City Bowl........going to be fun...maybe another year with winning record will get them to the next level......nice to not be a cellar dweller in the east...

December 4, 2012  03:58 PM ET
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"You're wanting your son to accept offers from Stanford or Duke. I'm here to tell you he'll gain just as valuable a degree from Vanderbilt, and Nashville is a city where he can make the right kind of connections to propel his future after graduation."

excellent and correct.....plenty of connections to be made in Nashville....the atmoshpere just feels good now that James Franklin has arrived...not used to this...but he has created some excitement.....

December 4, 2012  04:26 PM ET

I love Nash Vegas. I'd live there now, if work and the wife would let me (She loves Nashburg, too, but feels it's too far from the grand babies.).

 
December 4, 2012  04:33 PM ET
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I love Nash Vegas. I'd live there now, if work and the wife would let me (She loves Nashburg, too, but feels it's too far from the grand babies.).

Nashville has developed into a great. progressive , fun city over the last 20 years...NFL...NHL(if they ever play again)...SEC sports...and plenty of music(more than country too)...love to travel, but always enjoy coming back to Music City.......GO DORES.....Vandy has really created excitement......better than Rocky Top to the east.........

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