SEC Fan Truth #311: If the coach of my favorite team says something brash and jerkish, anyone calling him on it is an ass (and probably a fan of some other team, too). But if another school’s coach says something brash and jerkish, anyone not calling him on it is an ass (and probably a fan of that coach’s team, too).
We know then that Vanderbilt fans will rip into us for taking the Dores’ brash, mouthy coach to task… just as we have done in the past with Steve Spurrier, Dan Mullen, Lane Kiffin, Urban Meyer, etc, etc. Doesn’t mean Franklin’s a bad guy. Doesn’t mean we at MrSEC.com hate him. Just means Franklin has a history of saying things that rub everyone — everyone but Vandy fans — the wrong way. Kinda like Spurrier, Mullen, Kiffin, Meyer, etc, etc.
While speaking at a high school in Macon, Georgia — with television cameras in the room — Franklin said the following about Alabama’s coach:
“There’s this guy down at Alabama. I think his name is Nicky Satan. You guys have probably heard of him before. I’m going to outwork him. I’m gonna outwork him. And that’s kind of our plan every single day.”
Franklin’s done a tremendous job in Nashville. He’s taken the Commodores to back-to-back bowls, he’s won nine games in a season, and he’s recruiting better than Vandy’s ever recruited before. But to steal a line from the movie, “Patton,” sometimes he doesn’t know when to shut up.
Is calling “Nicky Satan” the worst insult ever tossed? No. And VU fans will be quick to say that their coach was only japing. (If you have to look up japery, you didn’t go to Vanderbilt.)
Perhaps he was just joshing, but like all those folks listed above who’ve flapped their gums in inappropriate ways at inappropriate times, we ask: “Why go there?”
And for the record, no, Alabama is not Vanderbilt’s schedule next season. So unless Franklin meets up with Satan, er, Saban in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, this was about as safe a barb as Vandy’s coach could have tossed.
Who knows? Maybe Franklin’s been following the button-pushing act of Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson and wanted to get in on the act. But to call a guy “Nicky Satan” at a high school banquet? Grow up.