Posted December 02, 2012

James Franklin signs Vanderbilt extension

James Franklin

James Franklin has signed an extension to his contract at Vanderbilt. (Frederick Breedon, Getty Images)

James Franklin will continue his program-building project at Vanderbilt. Outkickthe reports that the Commodores’ head football coach will sign an extension to his current contract at the SEC school he has molded into a respectable program.

Though the report does not state how long the extension is for, it does cite sources that claim the deal comes with a promise of major upgrades to the school’s football facilities, includion stadium renovations, new locker rooms, and raises for assistant coaches.

Franklin has been one of the most-targeted coaches by schools with vacancies at the position, mainly due to his success at a school where many have failed. Franklin led the perennial SEC cellar dweller to a 6-6 record and a bowl appearance last season – a campaign he improved upon this year with an 8-4 record and a second consecutive bowl game.

Franklin was reportedly on the radar for the vacant head coaching positions at Arkansas, Tennessee, and Auburn.