James Franklin named Vandy head coach

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has been named head coach at Vanderbilt, the Commodores announced today.

This obviously nullifies Maryland's coach-in-waiting plan, but the woman who set that up -- former AD Debbie Yow, who is now the athletic director at NC State -- said Franklin is "a terrific fit for Vanderbilt."

"He will bring with him a relentless work ethic and a staff that does the same," Yow said in a statement released by Vanderbilt. "Working hard and working smart are his trademarks, along with expectations of academic excellence."

Franklin, 38, becomes the first minority head coach to lead the Vanderbilt football program.

I'll have more thoughts on how this will affect Maryland in a bit.