James Franklin’s departure from Vanderbilt to Penn State this past weekend created a void for players who were listed as verbal pledges. Franklin has already been able to flip a few to PSU since his arrival while others are wavering, looking at new schools or at least waiting to see who will be leading Vanderbilt before possibly opening things up again. (January 16, 2014, Page 6)
Half of the teams in the Southeastern Conference are ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll. Missouri isn’t one of them. (October 3, 2013, Page 9)
Sports columnist Steven Godfrey takes a look at Vanderbilt football ticket sales and fan support and issues a warning to Ole Miss fans that they’d better take notice so that something like that doesn’t happen to them. (August 23, 2013, Page 6A)
HOOVER, Ala. — Don’t try and trip up Vanderbilt’s James Franklin. Ole Miss may be the Commodores’ opponent in the season opener on Aug. 29 but it’s still not time to talk about the Rebels just yet. (July 19, 2013, Page 6A)
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin attributed his team’s 27-26 come-from-behind win against Ole Miss on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to the hard work they have put in since he was hired to turn things around Dec. 18, 2010.
Down 16-6 at the half and 23-6 in the early stages of the third quarter, the Commodores never blinked, they never pouted or hung their head; they only got stronger as the game wore on. Franklin, who has led the Commodores to a third road win in Southeastern Conference play this year — a first in school history — gave credit to his team for the way the overcame adversity against the Rebels. (November 12, 2012, Page 1B)
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers didn’t think he was on the verge of a career performance midway through Saturday night’s game with Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. He was just 6-for-13 for 54 yards in the first half, while the Commodores totaled just 128 yards and a mere six points. (more…) (November 12, 2012, Page 1B)
One thing the Ole Miss Rebels learned for sure from last season’s 4-8 season was how getting off to a good start in Southeastern Conference play dictates how the remainder of the league schedule fares.
Last year a 1-1 Ole Miss team lost 28-14 to Vanderbilt and only won one SEC game the rest of the way. The Rebels want to avoid another bad start and having already lost the opener to BYU, winning the SEC opener would go a long way to making up for that setback. (September 16, 2011, Page 6A)
Improving the way the offense moves the ball and how the offensive line blocks is what Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is looking to fix this week as the Rebels prepare for Southeastern Conference play. Ole Miss opens SEC play at Vanderbilt and Nutt said that while the line played better last week against Southern Illinois, things would have to improve against the Commodores. (September 13, 2011, Page 6)