Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams told Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean that the university has not been contacted by USC regarding any interest in current head coach James Franklin, despite reports that Franklin is the Trojans top remaining candidate to fill their head coaching vacancy.
“All I’ve heard about James and USC has come from the media,” Williams was quoted. “I have not been contacted by USC. James has not mentioned it. His agent, with whom I have a good relationship, has not mentioned it. I don’t know where all this comes from. We have no knowledge of it whatsoever.”
Williams went on to say that he doesn’t believe Pat Haden, USC’s athletic director, would engage Franklin in talks or an interview without first asking permission.
That sounds plausible, as Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reasons:
It would be surprising if Haden went behind Vanderbilt’s back, re: Franklin. He got Broncos’ permission to talk to Del Rio
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) December 2, 2013
The doubt surround Franklin’s status in USC’s coaching search comes as Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has reportedly taken his name out of the running and Washington’s Steve Sarkisian admitted that he has been in contact with the Trojans.