One of the hottest coaching names on the market has a new home.
Former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin led the Commodores to three straight bowl games and back-to-back nine-win seasons, but has moved on to greener pastures in Happy Valley as the new head coach of Penn State, according to an announcement from the Nittany Lions on Saturday.
So where does that leave Vanderbilt?
The program is no longer the SEC pushover it once was, and has demonstrated not only the willingness to pay coaches what they want, but to have more of a recruiting pull than ever before.
Who can keep that momentum headed in the right direction? Here are five qualified candidates.