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VU’s Franklin Won’t Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?

Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin made an interesting comment about his hiring practices yesterday while speaking with folks from Nashville’s WGFX-FM yesterday:

 

“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.” 

 

I can see his point.  But I also know that beauty is often in the eye of the beholder.  In addition, I know that what the coach said could be taken as rather sexist by some female Vandy fans out there.

Here’s hoping Franklin was either a) joking or b) a little tipsy from one too many cabana drinks.  Stating that he wants to check out a guy’s wife and grade her before offering said assistant a job might not be the wisest thing he’s ever said.  (Funny or not.)

And, yes, that’s Franklin’s missus at left.

 


18 comments
BamaVol
BamaVol

Culture change, John, culture change. Being loud, obnoxious and bowing up against other coaches is probably not a path to long term success. It's a matter of time before this guys mouth or attitude will force Vandy to dismiss.

FourThinInches
FourThinInches

 There are too many questions I would like asked about this....

-How does he go about this in the hiring process?  Naked pics uploaded with your resume, Wife conducts "private" interviews with him?  Most assistants don't have pics of their wives on the internet.

-What about Divorced or Single coaches?  Can they file a discrimination suit based on this statement?  This statement sure opens up that possibility.

-How does his wife feel about his statement that he basically is checking out his coaches wives?

Jimbo Taylor
Jimbo Taylor

Looking at his wife, he has a good eye.

 

I believe this was a statement made in jest, some need to lighten up. Guys crack jokes.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Was it sexist?  I don't know if it was sexist, but it was certainly stupid.  It didn't seem to be anti-female as much as it was just insulting and brain-dead.

 

Aren't marriages supposed to be based on love?  If you marry a girl that isn't a 10 because you love her and being with her makes you a lot happier than some other girl then does that mean you aren't qualified to be a coach or that you don't have self-confidence and guts?

 

Not to mention there is also the implicit insult against women that aren't "hot."  I'm betting there are some recruits' moms, sisters, and girlfriends out there that won't take kindly to that.

Bocktean
Bocktean

Don't underestimate this. Franklin just made himself a mortal enemy of every female faculty member of every campus coast to coast. Not something to be taken lightly for a guy who wants to be a college football coach.

 

I'm a guy, a sales manager, and a someone tired of seeing so many statements taken so literally, but, having said all that...

 

...I find just about everything in those statements to be absurd. He's an idiot. He's given me a reason to root against Vandy, and that takes some doing.

Geemom
Geemom

I actually took his comments an entirely different way. Because coaching is such an intensive profession, you have to make sure the entire family can buy into the time and sacrifices needed. Plus Franklins whole thing is family at the worksite. He wants to make sure the wife is a strong, friendly type that will be a full partner in the process. The wives may end up being surrogate moms to some of these young. I admit I do get riled up sometimes about sexist stuff, but I really didn't read it that way at all. (if you recall someone's wife surely cost her husband some jobs last year)

charlottehassen
charlottehassen

@VUHawkTalk I mean, as a female listener and fan, I was offended by it. Not enough to take to internet, but it didn't sit right with me.

B Roberts
B Roberts

No problem here. Spurrier said he wouldn't hire a smoker or a coach who was "sloppy".

scottlester
scottlester

So much for being the most sophisticated and enlightened school in the SEC.

Kris
Kris

If this was Derek Dooley saying this, this site would be ripping him to no end. But because it's James Franklin and you like him, there is nothing. What a joke.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

And for the icing on the cake...

 

That article said he was talking to Clay Travis in that interview.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @AllTideUp 

 

I would think that suggesting a man be judged by the looks of his mate -- meaning a woman be judged solely on her looks -- would cause some to call Franklin sexist.

 

John

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

 @John at MrSEC  No, I understand why people would say that.  I'm not defending Franklin at all.  He's a moron.  I just tend to think that 'sexist' means you are implying some inherent difference in value from men to women rather than saying some women are better than others.

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