Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Vandy may see another coach plucked by the big boys
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Vanderbilt's James Franklin is 18-13 with the Commodores, which makes him the school's first football coach with a winning record since Steve Sloan, who was 12-9-2 in 1973-74. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Vanderbilt's James Franklin is 18-13 with the Commodores, which makes him the school's first football coach with a winning record since Steve Sloan, who was 12-9-2 in 1973-74. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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The Southern California job is open, and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is one of many whose names are in the hat as possible replacements for Lane Kiffin.

If somehow USC wants Franklin, and Franklin accepts the position, it would mark a well-worn path in which a Vanderbilt coach has a decent year and almost immediately parleys it into a job with a better program. It’s like the sun following the well-worn path of rising in the East and setting in the West.

Well, actually, the Vandy path isn’t that well-worn because not many of the Commodores’ coaches have had half-way decent years.

Gerry DiNardo won 18 games, including two wins over a down Georgia program, in 1991-94 and landed at LSU, where he eventually was replaced by Nick Saban.

Steve Sloan, who was 12-9-2 in 1973-74, went to Texas Tech and won the Southwest Conference in 1976. He’s the last Vanderbilt coach with a winning record at the school before Franklin, who is 18-13. Sloan’s final head coaching job was at Duke, where he was replaced by Steve Spurrier.

Red Sanders coached at Vandy during 1940-48, with an assistant coach named Bear Bryant on his staff for the first two seasons. Sanders went to UCLA in 1949 and won the school’s only national football championship in 1954.

J. Ray Morrison left Vanderbilt in 1940 for Temple ... after leaving SMU four years earlier for Vanderbilt.

But Vanderbilt wasn't always a farm system for every other school. Art Guepe left what was then a good Virginia program in 1953 for the Commodores. Also, Billy Watkins left Auburn in 1901 for Vandy. Imagine that happening today.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.

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