Franklin's contract is extended by Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt didn’t hesitate to ensure James Franklin wasn’t tempted to leave the private school.

Not even a year after hiring him, Vanderbilt officials extended the coach’s contract.

After Franklin led the Commodores to bowl eligibility for the fifth time in school history, Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said Friday the 39-year-old will receive “extended years and a substantial increase in compensation.”

Vanderbilt’s policy is to not disclose contract details.

TENNESSEE: Sophomore wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers’ status with the Volunteers is uncertain.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the Calhoun, Ga., native is not part of the active roster but has not been suspended or dismissed.

Rogers had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

TEXAS A&M: Former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is unhappy with the way he was informed of his firing and doesn’t believe his dismissal was justified.

“I don’t feel like I deserved to be terminated,” Sherman said Friday. “I feel like the program is definitely headed in the right direction and I hope the next coach appreciates the opportunity he’s going to get to work with these players.”

He was fired Thursday night after the Aggies finished the regular-season 6-6.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Coach Dan Mullen insists he hasn’t been approached by Penn State about its coaching vacancy.

Mullen released a statement through the university, saying: “Neither I, my agent nor the administration at Mississippi State University have been contacted.”

The statement also said that he is “very happy” with the progress at Mississippi State.


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