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."