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VU’s Franklin Defends Actions In Maryland Transfer Case

Maryland coach Randy Edsall isn’t going to allow three ex-players to transfer to Vanderbilt because — he’s hinted — ex-Maryland assistant James Franklin has been in contact with the players.  Franklin says that’s not the case, sort of:

 

“I don’t like innuendos and comments being made about tampering and things like that.  You guys know me. I’m the type of guy, I’m going to have relationships with my players. I hope to have relationships with the guys that play for me for the rest of my life.

But the fact that people would make accusations that we tampered or did this or did that, again, I’m just going to defend our program and defend our character and how we do things. But I think it’s ridiculous to think that I’m not going to have relationships with these kids after I leave places.”

 

So Franklin, speaking to Nashville radio station WGFX-FM, said that he doesn’t like innuendos and that he defends his program.  He did not say that he hadn’t been in contact with the players, including quarterback Danny O’Brien.  In fact, Franklin suggested that he talks to a lot of ex-players:

 

“When I left (Kansas) State for Maryland I talked to (quarterback) Josh Freeman every week.  I still talk to Josh. Josh flew in for (Franklin’s 40th) birthday party. I’m the type of guy, I’m going to have relationships with my players.”

 

Vanderbilt de facto AD David Williams cited NCAA rules and said that he is “pretty certain that our coaching staff has not reached out and had that type of (recruiting) contact” with the Maryland players looking to transfer.

Now, let’s face facts.  If Franklin admits that he talks to ex-players and did not specifically deny speaking to O’Brien or others this time around, it’s no wonder Edsall believes he tampered.  Heck, he probably did.  And that’s no knock on Franklin for that kind of stuff happens.

However, after popping off about kids not being “men of honor” and “men of integrity” for decommitting from Vanderbilt, Franklin hardly holds the moral high ground on this front.  And having seen his temper and his willingness to shoot from the hip this past year — a trait Commodore fans love him for — it’s safe to assume Franklin would be the one complaining if some other school’s coach had maintained communication with one of his Vandy players.

And for the record, O’Brien’s high school coach has said that he expects the quarterback’s family will appeal Edsall’s ruling so their son can indeed transfer to Vanderbilt to play for his old Maryland coordinator.  The one who continues to have relationships with his ex-players.

 


9 comments
DOOLEYFORPRESIDENT
DOOLEYFORPRESIDENT

hysterical, Franklin is the best coach in the SEC and the country's top recruiter and all the rest of the red-neck schools that feel threatened try to attack him. You should be scared, VU is tearing it up on the recruiting path.

Signal Mtn Dawg
Signal Mtn Dawg

"You guys know me. I’m the type of guy, I’m going to have relationships with my players".

But I think it’s ridiculous to think that I’m not going to have relationships with these kids after I leave places."

”I’m just going to defend our program and defend our character and how we do things."

O’Brien’s high school coach has said that he expects the quarterback’s family will appeal Edsall’s ruling so their son can indeed transfer to Vanderbilt to play for his old Maryland coordinator.

Wow - does he also keep in touch with players he recruits that commit to other schools like Alabama or Georgia?

If Coach Franklin was a man of integrity, he recuse Vanderbilt from accepting transfer players that he coached at Maryland due to appearance of tampering.

The only problem with Kwame Geathers throwing a punch at the Vanderbilt player that committed the cheap shot blow to the knees from behind away for the play - is that he threw the punch at the wrong PUNK! Vandy players did the same cheap shot in the Tennessee game - Integrity and character ???

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

This site would not be the same without the "I Hate" Franklin articles. How many times does a assistant coach leave a school and players follow?? Answer: All the time but because James Franklin's name is involved it's suddenly wrong according to MrSEC!!! When Urban Meyer left Utah a few players transferred to Florida. Danny O’Brien was ACC Freshman of the year and a Freshman all-american under Franklin, now he's not on anyone's radar. Maryland was 2-10 last year.

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

@Signal Mtn Dawg

John P is that you????

I'm 100% sure Coach Franklin told his player to go after the UT guy's knees and take get a15 yard penalty and take away a huge play that went to thae UT's 1 yard line. He was by far more interested in hurting Vol players than winning the game

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Dynamite fan...

Where does it say "I Hate Franklin?" In fact, it says everyone does this kind of thing. My only point -- and it's a valid one -- is that Franklin -- like Edsall -- would be squawking if the shoe were on the other foot."

Sorry facts make you cry.

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Dynamite fan...

Huh? You really are a child. Where have I ever said anything like that? Especially in this post?

Let me guess. You're still in junior high. If not, your high school and college failed to "grow you up."

Putting words in other people's mouths so you can argue with a point the other guy DIDN'T make? That's Playground 101.

Glad you read the site though. Your every click makes me money.

John

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

@John at MrSEC

When have you ever praised him????? You once suggested he quit Vandy and take the Ole Miss job which at this time is a lateral move at best. If he goes 6-6 and 5-7 at Vandy 1 in every 3 years VU fans will love him. At Ole Miss and most other SEC schools the fans would demand his head on a platter.

So your "dregs" comment was taken out of context, sort of like Franklin's "men of honor" comments. Quit quoting that then and give him a benefit of a doubt. Also if he does the same thing every other coach does why does it warrant an article every week??

I googled Clay Travis he's a UT grad and huge Vol fan hardly the voice of Vandy football.

What does Franklin have to do to get praise?? Winning the National Title is impossible at VU, a SEC title is impossible, winning the east is almost impossible. He's at a job where the best he could realistically do is finish 3rd in his division, and damn near did that in his 1st season. His job is hard enough without people claiming he's lying to recruits (one player's father that wanted his boy to be given the starting job is NOT a source), He's running off players (when most participated in senior day at VU and have degrees) and now is a hypocrite because he made one comment which he said was not reported correctly. He also said that he regrets the comment yet no articles praising him for trying to set the record straight on the contrary it drew another hate article.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

Dynamite fan...

I've never heard from you when I have praised Franklin -- check the archives and you'll see where I've credited him many times. Big shock.

And if I ever referred to Vandy as the "dregs of the SEC," it was most assuredly related to their traditional place in the league's football standings. That's not a comment about the school, it's people or it's future... that's just historical fact. No different than saying Alabama is the "upper echelon" (whether they're up at the moment or not).

Tip: Stick to your Vandy messageboards and Clay Travis' site. We call it like we see it... when Franklin does something we like, we praise him. When he does something that we think makes him look like he uses a double-standard -- as is the clear case here -- we also say that.

Many is the time I've been ripped for writing on this site that Vandy CAN improve in football. Ditto when I've said it would be good for the conference.

We call it like we see it. And Franklin would scream if Edsall or another coach had kept up "relationships" with his current players.

John

Dynamite fan
Dynamite fan

@John at MrSEC

It's called sarcasm!!!! The Vol fan called Franklin a "Punk". Coach was angry at his player and called that a stupid penalty. But according to Vol fans he's a punk for the actions of one of his players that basically lost the game for him.

Your TV show. You once called Vanderbilt the "dregs of the SEC". Which is funny since it's the only SEC "school" that actually graduates it's players, and you hardly ever hear of a VU players getting arrested, or ever hear of the NCAA investigating them. I wonder why they lose??? If one school actually doing the right thing for it's kids and not breaking the rules is the Dregs of the SEC we need more Dregs.

In the past month, You have acussed him of running off players, lying to recruits, now your questioning his integrity. It's a weekly thing here anymore. No other coach is being written about every week.

Like you said this stuff happens all the time, how do you know Franklin would do the same thing Edsall did???

Considering the other cheap shots that you take at Coach Franklin and VU in general this was actually a some what insult free article. But you con't resist the slap at the end. I only come on here to read the VU hate articles and I'm interested in the 2 new SEC teams. I know VU has the right guy to get under UT's fans and media skins like he does. I have yet to see you write or say anything good about the man or the University. Please don't start now, he's doing his job.

FYI: If he did break the rules and tamper like you are insisting. I hope the NCAA nails VU and prevents the Players from transferring to VU. I would rather continue to lose than cheat, but that's just me.

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