Golfer Brandt Snedeker tries to keep James Franklin at Vanderbilt

Golfer Brandt Snedeker tries to keep James Franklin at Vanderbilt
January 8, 2014, 5:45 pm

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How badly do fans want James Franklin to stay at Vanderbilt? Bad enough, it seems, that they're hoping to get a bump from a notable alumnus.

Professional golfer Brandt Snedeker, a Vanderbilt alum and native of Nashville who won the 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, reached out to Franklin via Twitter on Wednesday to make a plea for the coach to stay put in Nashville.

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Is that enough to keep the much sought-after coach in the Music City? Snedeker did tie for third at the 2008 Masters and tied for third again at the 2012 Open Championship. If he's looking to improve his golf game, hey, the Commodores might be in business.

Franklin has ties to Maryland, as well, having served as the offensive coordinator under former coach Ralph Friedgen. He was tabbed as the coach-in-waiting to succeed Friedgen, who was unceremoniously fired after an appearance in the Military Bowl in 2010. Franklin bolted for Vanderbilt under a cloud of administrative uncertainty in College Park.

He has amassed an overall record of 24-15 in three seasons at Vanderbilt.