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Franklin ‘takes issue’ with Dooley’s postgame comments

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In the locker room after Tennessee dropped Vanderbilt in a somewhat controversial finish Saturday, Vols head coach Derek Dooley was, shall we say, exuberant in addressing his team.  So exuberant, in fact, that he decided to make note of the fact that UT has utterly owned its in-state divisional “rival”.

“The one thing that Tennessee always does is kick the s— out of Vandy,” Dooley said in a video that can be seen by clicking HERE.

Technically, Dooley is correct; the Commodores’ only win in the past 29 years came in 2005, and the Vols own a 73-27-5 advantage in the series overall.  Those numbers, though, weren’t enough to keep Dooley’s counterpart from feeling disrespected.

By way of The Tennessean, James Franklin told the media Monday that while he had not seen Dooley’s speech, he did hear about it.  And, suffice to say, it was something he neither appreciated nor will forget between now and next year’s game.

“We’ll talk about it next year – a lot,” Franklin said. “We’ll talk about it as much as you guys want to talk about it next year. We’ll watch it as many times as we’ve got to watch it next year. That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal. We’ll leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year.

“I look at it as respect. Some people act like they won the Super Bowl and they beat a team that the two previous years had won four games total. Obviously, we are closing the gap and threatening some people and making some people uncomfortable. We’ll see. We’ll leave it at that. We’ll move on. But we’ll have a lot of discussion about this next year when the time is right.”

Dooley’s reaction was somewhat understandable.  He’s already under fire less than two seasons on the job, plus he sees what Franklin’s building at a school that has served as a perennial doormat for the Vols specifically and the SEC in general.  And these aren’t the Vols of years gone by, either, the talented kind that could just show up and beat teams like pre-Franklin Vandy.

But Franklin also has every right to take offense to Dooley’s giddiness, and every right to to slap it up on the bulletin board in the week leading up to the UT game.  Something tells me, given what Franklin’s doing with that football program, he may not need any external incentive to help him beat a team like the Vols in the coming years.

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18 Responses to “Franklin ‘takes issue’ with Dooley’s postgame comments”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 21, 2011 7:45 PM

    Franklin takes issue with everything, except his own players doing something wrong. Good with the X’s and O’s an lousy with his mouth going faster than his brain should allow it. He needs to wait until his team earns some respect on the field before he acts like he is the next Bear, or even Phil. I couldn’t remember a decent Vanderbilt coach to name for that sentence.

  2. smokymtnvol says: Nov 21, 2011 7:46 PM

    First I bet if there was video in the locker room after a big game a lot of losing coaches would be upset. Second where are all the Franklin homers coming from. Third I don’t care what this guy say he is classless, not shaking the hands of assistant cached and dropping the f bomb on fans as he left. I don’t know why Dooley would be worried about Vandy, it’s Vandy. History shows they always have years like this where they almost make one year and then drop off into the oblivion the next no matter who the coach is.

  3. kdpickett says: Nov 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    I wonder if Franklin would mind if his post-game locker-room comments were made public? Fact is, Dooley is right. Vandy had a real good opportunity to beat a very bad Tennessee football team. If you can’t beat the Vols while they’re down, then don’t be upset when a winning coach is talking up his players in his own locker room after he beats you. Good grief, what a whiney cry baby.

  4. choicess says: Nov 21, 2011 8:55 PM

    Yes, this is the worst Vol team in memory.
    Yes, our best player was dismissed before the season.
    Yes, the next best player on our team popped his ACL early.
    Yes, our QB had to come back early from his broken thumb injury in order to get us bowl eligible.
    Franklin can pump sunshine up your ass all you want, the bottom line is that our talent level is (even at a trough) and always will be superior to Vandy’s. Don’t buy into this guy’s nonsense, nothing is changing at Vandy.

  5. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:20 PM

    Franklin cn be upset but he shouldnt be telling everyone he is. He should quit crying and beat UT. Thats the only thing any team can do to get back at a rival.

  6. tg1896 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:22 PM

    It appears that only UT fans have bothered to comment. From their tone it’s also clear they have the head coach they deserve. Low class – no class.

  7. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 21, 2011 9:36 PM

    That’s a pretty stupid comment.

  8. artbyshan says: Nov 21, 2011 9:48 PM

    Vandy typically loses, but UT should be nice to their future employers.

  9. chitownjeff says: Nov 21, 2011 11:10 PM

    Dooleys last name got him his gig. He needs to shut his trap until he gets something done.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:13 PM

    Does anyone outside the state of Tennessee care about these universities? I don’t!!

  11. smits9q says: Nov 21, 2011 11:38 PM

    How is he being a cry baby? They ASKED him what he thought about the video- and he responded, it a very respectable way considering what he could have said! Talk about whiney- all TN ever does is whine about how they are always ‘treated so unfairly’ and even Dooley said they ‘finally caught a break- and the black cloud moved away from Knoxville’. That black cloud is called a lack of talent this year. Yes, TN is usually good- but why can the fans not admit that they are just plain not good this year! Vandy always realizes they are not good- why can’t you admit it?

  12. dee6634 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:59 PM

    People shouldn’t be so hard on Dooley for acting like he hasn’t won much in his head coaching career – he hasn’t.

    I’m sure he’ll have the vols back up in the middle of the SEC in no time.

  13. stropcity says: Nov 22, 2011 12:13 AM

    Franklin is a fiery guy.He has the right to say what he wants, just as Dooley has the right to say what he wants. Both coaches are young, emotional guys full of piss and vinegar. Let’em talk – it may actually make the game next year interesting for a change.

  14. blueglaze says: Nov 22, 2011 6:53 AM

    I am a fan of neither team, just a huge football fan and I must say that Vandy has a better shot in the few years to come than ever and if I were any team in the SEC I wouldn’t take the commodores lightly… Has anyone mentioned the young Jordan Rogers? … Yes, Aaron’s little bro? Don’t sleep or they will get ya, maybe while your wide awake in coming years. Franklins is a great coach… Dooley has my respect just over shadowed by who his daddy was… Dooley has much more to prove than Franklin win or lose to vandy… Just an opinion

  15. vols84 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:59 AM

    James Franklin will be former Vandy coach James Franklin soon enough. After all, Vandy is still Vandy. I can’t believe they couldn’t beat us this year. If it didn’t happen this year, it won’t be happening anytime soon.

  16. dhnation21 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:18 AM

    If you need a youtube video to get your players up for an SEC Rivalry Game then Franklin has bigger issues.

  17. ff125 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:34 PM

    um….GO GATORS!! it doesnt matter about UT or Vandy. In Floridas bad years they still pull of wins!!

  18. ghengy says: Nov 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    Franklin is such a puss. Who hasnt he started some shit with this year with his whiney ACC ass. Congrats to Vandy for a great game and a surprising season. Now tell your coach to STFU!

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