James Franklin expected to interview for Redskins job [updated]


Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, is doused by linebacker Chase Garnham after a bowl win on Jan. 4. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)

Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin is expected to interview for the Washington Redskins’ head coaching job, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The interview is expected to occur this week, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Redskins have not publicly confirmed interviews with any college coaches.

One of those people said that Franklin’s interview with the Redskins is not yet firmly scheduled but he has told associates that he expects to speak to the team. Franklin also could be a candidate for the Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy, that person said.

Franklin would be the first college coach known to be a candidate for the Redskins. He is the former offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland and is considered a possible candidate for the Penn State coaching job in addition his prospective candidacy with several NFL teams.

Update, 12:18 p.m.

Franklin was not available to comment.

He has been at Vanderbilt for three seasons and widely is regarded as a rising star in coaching. He was at Maryland for three seasons prior to that and was named the Terrapins’ head coach-in-waiting under former coach Ralph Friedgen. But he left College Park for Vanderbilt in December 2010.

When Franklin took the Vanderbilt job, it was reported that the other finalist was Greg Roman, then the offensive coordinator at Stanford and now the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. Roman also is expected to interview for the Redskins’ head coaching job.

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