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Vandy Disses Army Alma Mater, Apologizes

James Franklin has quickly turned around the in-game fortunes of the Vanderbilt football team.  Now he needs to do something about VU’s postgame reputation.

Last week, Franklin himself took offense to a Georgia player’s taunts and wound up in a heated postgame exchange with UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.  On Saturday, Vanderbilt dissed the US Military Academy with its postgame behavior.  Today the school issued an apology that read in part:


“We at Vanderbilt University would like to publicly offer our sincere apology for the events that occurred at the conclusion of our recent football game.  While our football team performed our alma mater with our fans and band, the Black Knights, their band and cheerleaders, as well as their fans, stood at attention and honored us as would a worthy foe.  However, after we were finished and the Black Knights began to perform their alma mater, our football team left the field and our loud speaker blasted music that had the result of drowning out the performing of your alma mater.

While there was no intention to be disrespectful, this was wrong and was a huge mistake on our part.  There is no excuse for this oversight; we were just wrong and we are truly sorry.”


A nice touch by the Commodore brass to offer a public mea culpa.

 


13 comments
Ninety Sir!
Ninety Sir!

You're right of course... because in addition to his coaching duties, Franklin controls the P.A. system. No wonder he ran to midfield so quickly to shake the Army coaches hand -- he had to sprint up to the P.A. booth to hit play on "Who let the dogs out." I'm a service academy graduate and while we love it when this postgame tradition is honored, by no means do we feel that it is necessary.

Anyway, whining about how the post game tradition was handled after that beatdown is a little like Ghadafi's family complaining about the way his burial was handled by the people who off'd him....

Vandy Dad
Vandy Dad

My daughter is a Vandy athlete. This was not inadvertent.....it was classless and a poor reflection on Franklin....where is his apology as the Coach....he is classless.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

I used to cheer for Vandy as the SEC's lovable underdog, but as hard as Vanderbilt has worked to shred that rep with James Franklin and all, I'm letting it go, just as they want. They're no longer a "lovable underdog," now they're just a team that sucks at football. I hope Arkansas curbstomps them by 70.

Vol and USMA fan
Vol and USMA fan

I am a Tennessean by birth and Volunteer fan by the grace of God, but I was at Dudley Field as an Army fan on Saturday, as my son graduated from West Point. It was a classless move, and to say it was inadvertent is just not accurate. It wasn't hard to see what was going on. Somebody could have easily turned down the tacky music.

scsteve
scsteve

The same thing happened at the SC Navy game. Maybe your average joe does not know proper etiquette towards the service academies. They certainly wouldn't stop for a non academy school.

Vandy and Army Fan
Vandy and Army Fan

It was inadvertent. The Vandy fans were outraged and had expected the apology to be given.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If you are going to diss anyone then it doesn't need to be one of the military academies. That's not going to win you any friends.

Vol and USMA fan
Vol and USMA fan

Were you there to see/hear what happened?

The Army team stood at attention while the Vandy band played their alma mater, then went directly to where the Army fans were seated. It was pretty obvious that they were there for a reason. The band actually waited for a couple of minutes for the music to be turned off, but it wasn't.

And about that logic finger - you know the old saying about what happens when one points a finger at others? I didn't say it was originally done on purpose, but they had an opportunity to fix the problem before it escalated and didn't.

Jonathan
Jonathan

70.. lol

no chance you beat Vandy by more than 2 TDs.. most likely it will be close, you may even lose the game....

btw nobody wants to be the "lovable underdog"...

go cry some more about Vanderbilt's classless reputation.. Everyone knows they are the classiest in the SEC. (Cue the thumbs down from all the SEC fans lol)

Jonathan
Jonathan

lol, "to say it was inadvertent is just not accurate"??? Seriously??

It was most definitely inadvertent.. Just because somebody could have easily turned down the music does not imply that something was done on purpose.. Wow, did u take a logic class at UT?

They were unaware of Army's postgame tradition, which makes sense since it is something exclusive to the service academies..

Everyone is acting like Vandy is classless for whatever reason (fear? envy?), when all they did was make an honest mistake and apologize for it

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

If you're going to be the underdog then you might as well stay lovable. Bragging about things you haven't done in 70 years doesn't exactly make you a big dog.

Maybe Franklin should try winning a few games first before he tries to change Vandy's reputation. And when I say "win a few games," I'm talking about someone a little stronger than the Ole Miss' and Army's of the world.

Vol and USMA fan
Vol and USMA fan

And by the way, they were not unaware of the tradition. The West Point Society of Middle Tennessee had made Vandy well aware of the post game tradition, and that's a stone cold fact. Vandy made their choice, and then have had to fall on their sword becasue of the backlash they received from their own supporters.

That's an example of really solid leadership right there.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I can assure you that no one "fears" or "envies" Vandy. I never thought I'd see a smack-talking Vandy fan, but everything else in the world is upside down these days so hey...........why not?

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