Scipio has penned an insightful and thought-proving post on some of the best young coaches in college football who should draw interest from BCS schools looking for a coach.
Texas isn't looking -- at the moment -- but who knows what the next two weeks, must less the next two years will bring. Therefore I would like to add another name to the hot list. James Franklin, head coach at Vanderbilt.
Franklin has all the qualifications. Young, (he is only 40) enthusiastic and driven, he has other specific qualities that should appeal to Texas.
As the recruiting coordinator for Maryland in 2003-04, Franklin helped to produce two straight top 25 classes. He also coached under Mike Sherman with the Green Bay Packers.
Perhaps most important of all, Franklin spent two years at Kansas State (he knows Texas recruiting). Franklin was the offensive coordinator in 2006-07. The period included the 45-42 beating of then #4 Texas. In 2007, under Franklin's guidance, K-State offense becomes first team in history to feature a 3,000-yard passer (Josh Freeman), 1,500-yard receiver (Jordy Nelson), and 1,000-yard rusher in a single season.
He has been the head coach at Vandy for two years and he is taking the Commodores to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt won 6 SEC games this season, the most in school history since 1935.
Between 1957 and 2010, the Commodores won a total of four games by 23 points or more.
They have accomplished that feat five times in Franklin's first two years.
Take all of that into consideration and then know that it is very hard to find anything not to like about the public James Franklin.