Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin remained in Baltimore recruiting for the Terps on Monday as reports circulated that he was a top candidate for Vanderbilt's head coaching vacancy.
He spent the day recruiting at a number of Baltimore high schools, including City, Poly and Dunbar.
A source told The Baltimore Sun that Franklin remained at a Baltimore high school into the evening. That was hours after ESPN.com reported that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn had opted to remain at Auburn rather than become Vanderbilt's new head coach. With Malzahn out, ESPN.com said Franklin is now "thought to be the front-runner for the Vanderbilt head job."
Neither Franklin — who was designated in 2009 to succeed Ralph Friedgen as Maryland head coach — nor Vanderbilt would confirm that he is a finalist at the Tennessee school. Reached by The Sun, Franklin declined to comment on whether he might be heading to Vanderbilt at a later date for negotiations or a job announcement.