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Vanderbilt Begins New Era

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- It was the first full Saturday of the College Football Season and with it comes a new era at Vanderbilt.

James Franklin's been on a mission since taking over at Vanderbilt last December.  He's gone out to win over boosters, to win over recruits, and to win in the media. Saturday his plan was to start winning on the field.  The James Franklin era at Vanderbilt kicked off at 6:30 with the season opener against Elon.

Franklin is the third Commodores coach in three seasons, and he begins with a team that's gone 2-and-10 each of the past two seasons. Franklin comes from Maryland, where he was the coach-in-waiting and offensive coordinator of the Terps before taking the job in Nashville.

John Donovan called plays for the Commodores Saturday as Franklin made his debut. The new coach says he wants to be involved in every aspect of the game, just as he's been in the program in the off season.

Fifth-year Senior Larry Smith started the game at Quarterback Saturday for the 'Dores. The Commodores beat Elon 45 to 14.




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