Vanderbilt coach James Franklin gets new contract


Vanderbilt has rewarded coach James Franklin with another new contract after he led the Commodores to their best record in 30 years and to consecutive bowls for the first time in school history.


The Commodores (8-4) will be playing in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 a few miles away from campus. Since Franklin was hired two years ago, Vanderbilt now has gone from only four bowls in the program’s history to six. Franklin also helped post three sellouts on campus for the first time since 1996.

Vanderbilt finished the regular season with six wins in a row.

VIRGINIA: Coach Mike London fired four assistant coaches and reassigned another Sunday as part of sweeping changes to his coaching staff after the Cavaliers finished a disappointing 4-8 this season.

Defensive coordinator and associate head coach Jim Reid, defensive line coach Jeff Hanson, running backs coach Mike Faragalli and tight ends coach Shawn Moore were dismissed.

Anthony Poindexter was also relieved of his duties as special teams coach but will remain on staff.

• Virginia’s Michael Rocco will transfer, removing himself from the revolving door at quarterback.

Rocco shared time this season with Alabama transfer Phillip Sims.

SOUTH FLORIDA: Skip Holtz was fired as coach following the worst season in the program’s 16-year history.

The son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went 16-21 at the Big East school, concluding a three-year run by losing nine of 10 to finish a school-worst 3-9, 1-6 in the conference, following a 2-0 start.


KENTUCKY: Mark Stoops was introduced as the program’s new coach and got everyone’s attention, saying he believes the Wildcats are capable of winning the Southeastern Conference title.

He didn’t say it would be easy, but it’s not impossible.

“There are no magic wands,” Stoops said at a news conference.

But Kentucky is confident Stoops can rebuild a program that just finished their third consecutive losing season and 0-8 in the SEC.


OKLAHOMA: Authorities say two Sooner players were arrested on possession of marijuana complaints.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said deputies arrested wide receiver Jalen Saunders and defensive back Cortez Johnson around 2 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop in Norman.

McCormick says both Saunders and Johnson were booked into the Cleveland County jail and were released between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday.

APPALACHIAN STATE: Jerry Moore, won’t return to the Mountaineers as coach next season, athletic director Charlie Cobb said.

Cobb said he and Moore – the winningest coach in school and Southern Conference history – agreed following last season that that this year would be his last.

Moore was 215-87 in 24 seasons with the Mountaineers and won national titles from 2005-07. He was 242-135-2 in 31 seasons as a college head coach, ranking him 15th on the Division I all-time list.


IDAHO: Paul Petrino, the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, was hired as head coach at the Western Athletic Conference school, sources told ESPN on Sunday.

Petrino, brother of former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino, was offensive coordinator for one season at Arkansas after two seasons in the same position at Illinois.