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Twitter mea culpa from Vandy HC for hot wife imbroglio

James Franklin

This is the kind of story that makes one long for a Notre Dame-to-the-WAC rumor to surface.  Or another mindless “controversy” about a rich man’s son getting an athletic scholarship.

During a radio interview earlier this week from the SEC meetings with 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Vanderbilt’s James Franklinnot exactly a stranger to controversy — was asked about the host’s, ahem, “philosophy” that “the best recruiters have good-looking wives, they outkick their coverage.”  In response to the “buy in, don’t buy in” aspect of the question, the head coach, well, went here…

“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife. If she looks the part and she’s a D1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal. There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”

As the father of three girls, and as a man whose wife, mother and grandmother are all women, I cringed at the black & white starkness of the words, but then…

Hearing the audio of the interview (right around the 10:30 mark for the relevant part), it appeared that an always-hyped Franklin was nothing more than knee-deep in tried-and-true radio schtick — damn you Clay Travis!  Damn you!!! — and the conversation was (shocking development ahead!) in no way indicative of any staff-selection process the coach actually employs, an opinion on my part that may or may not be valid.

That, however, didn’t stop the ensuing brouhaha for the married father of two young daughters (pictured).  So much so, in fact, that Franklin felt compelled to take to Twitter to offer a five-tweet mea culpa, one that began with a self-diagnosis of temporary Nike-in-mouth disease; continued with an explanation; and ended with an APOLOGY:

Don’t know that Franklin needed to say he was sorry, and with all-caps no less.  Also don’t know whether he actually helped or hurt his cause with the social media apology, either.

That’s for those who took issue with it in the first place to decide, I guess.

(Photo credit: Vanderbilt athletics)

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10 Responses to “Twitter mea culpa from Vandy HC for hot wife imbroglio”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 1, 2012 7:54 AM

    Respect what Coach Franklin has done and is doing to restore Vanderbilt to football respectability after an abysmal number of years. This just shows that “foot and mouth disease” spreads rapidly and to places one would not readily expect. If I were Franklin, I would get off social media, make an apology to the media that originally broadcast his unfortunate and ill fated attempt at humor, and spend the rest of his time recruiting. No more twits and don’t be a twit either! Live and learn, Coach!

  2. msudog says: Jun 1, 2012 7:57 AM

    So if your interviewing a really good looking guy, then how do you know he is a good recruiter?

  3. dawglb says: Jun 1, 2012 8:23 AM

    After reading that article, I’ve come to one conclusion, and one conclusion only. The dude’s wife is HOT!

  4. cubano76 says: Jun 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    May not have come out the right way, but I get his point. He wants coaches who weren’t afraid to out kick their coverage on the dating trail, using that same mentality on the recruiting trail.

  5. quitcrying says: Jun 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    not sure what alligatorsnapper means by “restore Vanderbilt to football respectability after an abysmal number of years”. Bobby Johnson had some pretty good years with Vandy (by Vandy standards). Most of the praise & optimism around Franklin right now has more to do with recruiting than wins. He did have a decent inaugural season but I will not be surprised to see him fizzle out…

  6. whitdog23 says: Jun 1, 2012 10:15 AM

    sure he’s like tressel and just saying stuff to cover right now. he’ll still do what he actually says. Franklin needs his eyes checked BTW

  7. florida727 says: Jun 1, 2012 10:29 AM

    Both “dawg” and “cubano” got it right. a) the man married “up”, and b) when you’re recruiting the best athletes, YOU have to be one that everyone’s paying attention to. I have to believe the best recruiters are the ones that dominate the room with their presence. That “I-want-the-hot-girl-on-my-arm-not-someone-else’s” mentality is what you can’t teach. Some people say they’re competitors; the real competitors don’t ever say it, they just are.

  8. wabbitslayer says: Jun 1, 2012 1:33 PM

    So now we know if the USC gig doesn’t work out, Lane Kiffin still has a job back in Tennessee…

  9. Deb says: Jun 1, 2012 1:37 PM

    I agree with Taylor that the guy was just BSing his way through a radio interview and don’t believe he’s ever asked to see a job candidate’s wife before making a hire. Yes, it’s difficult for men to approach women. But his comment implied the quality of the woman he’s “acquired” boosts his status like the quality of the car he drives, casting his wife in the role of just another trophy. It was a boneheaded comment that he probably regretted after he thought about it–and surely regretted after his wife, mother, grandmother, sisters, etc., heard it. Thus, the many apologies.

    Oh yeah … the Alpha Dogs want the hot girl on their arm as just another accessory. But real Alpha Dogs aspire to bigger things than being college recruiters.

  10. inconsonance says: Jun 1, 2012 11:01 PM

    Anyone that got offended or otherwise butthurt by his comments is obviously too sheltered and/or mentally feeble to continue living in a world where things much worse by far are graphically depicted and described on the nightly news. Thus, for the sake of the select few members of the human race that are more than just oxygen thieves, those people must be culled. They’re a blight on humanity, a drain on the planet, and a threat to the gene pool.

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