Debbie Yow described Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as a "good friend" on Sunday, in the press conference to announce Tom O'Brien's dismissal.
Yow mentioned how she had hired Franklin at Maryland, she also name-dropped Franklin's wife and the cost of Vanderbilt's indoor practice facility. Yow said she had texted Franklin on Saturday but the N.C. State athletic director said the Vanderbilt coach would not be in contention for the vacant Wolfpack job.
"He's not a candidate for this job," Yow said Sunday. "He's in the midst of doing something special there."
Franklin has led the Commodores to 14 wins and back-to-back bowl games at Vanderbilt. Yow originally hired Franklin at Maryland, in 2008, to be an assistant to head coach Ralph Friedgen. A year later, Franklin was designated as the Terrapins' coach-in-waiting.
When Yow left Maryland for N.C. State in 2010, the plan was ultimately scrapped. Friedgen was fired after the 2010 season, Randy Edsall was hired from Connecticut to replace him, and Franklin landed at Vanderbilt.
The Commodores had only been to four bowl games before Franklin was hired, and none between 1982 and 2008. He went 6-7 in his first season and they are 8-4 this season.
There's a possibility Vanderbilt and N.C. State could meet Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 31.