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James Franklin Ignores Questions About USC Job

With Lane Kifin out of the picture at USC, there’s been plenty of chatter as to who will replacement at Troy. One of the most likely hires is that of James Franklin, who is responsible for taking Vanderbilt from the depths of the SEC to a historical 2012 season that saw the Commodores win nine games for the first time since World War I.

Franklin, 41, met with the Nashville media today for his weekly press conference and was bombarded with questions about the speculation of his interest from USC.

That doesn’t exactly mean that the third-year Vandy coach was up for the talk however, as Franklin repeatedly ignored the questions, opting to discuss a win over UAB this past weekend and the upcoming game against Missouri, on Saturday.

My response is that I’m excited about talking about UAB, our last game, and I’m really excited about talking about Missouri this week. For once, I’d like to sit in this press conference and talk about either the game before or the game we’re playing this week. Anything outside of that is outside of our control. This is something we’ve been going through for three years here. That’s wonderful. But we’re focused on Missouri this week and any questions you guys have about UAB, I’m more than happy about it. (coachingsearch.com)

When pressed about USC or asked about if the speculation was a compliment to Vandy, Franklin repeatedly punted, and talked about UAB and Mizzou on his own.

Here’s video of the presser:

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