Vanderbilt announces Franklin extension, stadium upgrade
James Franklin led Vandy to bowl eligibility in his first season as head coach
Vandy administrators recognized need to "up their commitment" to football
School is planning to upgrade stadium and build indoor practice complex
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vanderbilt has rewarded coach James Franklin with a contract extension after his first season with the Commodores.
Franklin led the Commodores to become bowl eligible for just the fifth time in history.
In addition to announcing the extension on Friday, Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said the university is planning to upgrade Vanderbilt Stadium and build an indoor practice complex for use by all Commodores athletic programs.
Williams would not offer specifics about Franklin's new deal, but said he would be the Commodores coach for many years to come.
The vice chancellor says university administrators recognize they needed to "up their commitment" to football.
Over the next two seasons, the university will install a new scoreboard, new turf and new lighting while considering further upgrades.
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