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Vandy Doubles Its Recruiting Budget

Back in December of 2010 when Vanderbilt made the hire of James Franklin official, chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos made the following statement:

“I told James if he needs a rocket to go to the moon to get a player — get the rocket.”

Fourteen months later, it looks like Franklin has talked Vandy officials into getting him the rocket they promised.  And private planes.  And helicopter rides. 

In all, the Commodores claim to have doubled their football recruiting budget in Franklin’s first season.

VU’s de facto AD — vice chancellor of athletics David Williams — recently told Nashville’s The Tennessean that the school put “a lot” more money into the recruiting fund this year:

“I really won’t know the number until we get all the bills.  We increased the budget for recruiting by probably 100%.  Any time James decides to fly on a private plane or a helicopter — in this case a lot — it has to be approved.  I think I got requests almost on a daily basis (the week before signing day).  I would expect when the bill is paid, it will be a lot.  It will be within the budget, but we’ve increased recruiting a lot.”

Good for Vanderbilt.  The school invested in Franklin and Franklin delivered three four-star prospects, a bundle of three-star recruits, and what’s being called VU’s best-ever signing class.

Can Franklin keep the positive momentum rolling after a six-win season that led to a bowl bid?  That remains to be seen.  But credit him for creating some Commodore moment in the first place.  And for convincing Vandy officials to pull out the school’s thick checkbook.



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