James Franklin has been named a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.
Vanderbilt’s second-year coach is one of six finalists. The others are Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Bill O’Brien of Penn State, Stanford’s David Shaw, Bill Snyder of Kansas State and SEC co-Coach of the Year Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 17 at an awards ceremony in Houston.
Franklin, 40, has guided the Commodores to consecutive bowls for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt went 8-4 this season for its most wins since 1982. The Commodores ended the regular season on a six-game winning streak — the program’s longest since 1955 — and play North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl on New Year’s Eve at LP Field.
With a career record of 14-11 Franklin has won more games in his first two years at Vanderbilt than any Commodores coach since World War I.