The Texas dominoes are beginning to fall and big changes could be in store for two teams the Cats play each year. According to Orangebloods.com:
“A source close to the Texas coaching search says Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are among the finalists to replace Mack Brown at Texas”
The article goes on to state that Franklin is also a contender for the vacant Penn State job which could also mean big things for our own Kentucky Wildcats.
First off let’s examine if Strong were to leave Louisville. You have to think the football tide would instantly switch back to the side of the Wildcats. The Cards will be losing a lot of talent this offseason with Teddy going pro and Senorise Perry graduating on the offensive side of the ball. The Cards will still be a formidable team but with such a step back at quarterback the Cats have a chance to step up. A lot would depend on who the Cards could land as coach and with such high profile jobs coming open it’s hard to see them drawing a top name. They would likely hire a top assistant which could work out like it has with Strong or completely backfire like it did with Kragthorpe. With that Cats bringing in a top 15 class it wouldn’t take long to mark the final game each season as an likely win.
Then there’s James Franklin who looks to almost certainly be departing Nashville this offseason. Franklin has lead the ‘dores to two eight win seasons and three wins over the Cats so if he moved on to greener pastures it would be a certain win for the Cats. It’s hard to imagine Vandy staying relevant without Franklin as they have been a doormat for the majority of the time in the SEC. Also with Jordan Matthews heading to the NFL they will lack a mega playmaker that has allowed them to win games they never could before. Kentucky could continue to rise and take that spot atop the mid-SEC that Vandy has settled. 2015 could shape up to be the year Kentucky could really make some noise.
What do you think about the future of football with these potential vacancies?