Franklin era at Vanderbilt will begin in prime time

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 3:20pm
Staff reports

For the fifth straight year, Vanderbilt will kick off its football season in primetime.

On Wednesday, the Southeastern Conference announced start times for the first three weeks of the season.

The Commodores and first-year coach James Franklin will begin the 2011 campaign with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff,  Sept. 3 against Elon. Their second game, against Connecticut on Sept. 10, also will be at 6:30 p.m.

Their SEC opener, however, against Ole Miss will be at 11:21 a.m. on Sept. 17. 
All three — each at home — will be televised, with the first two contests on Comcast Sports South. The matchup against Ole Miss will be aired on the SEC Network.

The University of Tennessee's first three football games will also be televised The Volunteers will host Montana at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 on pay-per-view. They will face Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 (ESPN2) and begin SEC play at Florida, 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 (CBS).

The announcement came at the start of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. The three-day event continues on Thursday.

Franklin and Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith, cornerback Casey Hayward and linebacker Chris Marve will talk to reporters on Friday morning. Franklin will take the podium at 8:30 a.m. and the interviews may be watched live on

Vanderbilt has won four of its last six season openers but fell to Northwestern 23-21 last year. Prior to the opener against Elon, the nine new members of Vanderbilt’s Hall of Fame will be honored. The class, which is the school’s fourth, will be enshrined the night before.

1 Comment on this post:

By: richgoose on 7/20/11 at 3:16

I think Elon should be a regualr opponent for Vanderbilt along with Sewanee and Rhodes.

I understand that there was talk of this a couple of years ago but Sewanee and Rhodes wanted a home and home agreement. This did not digest well with the Vanderbilt people who felt that the stadium capacity of 5,000 at both schools was undesirable.