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VU’s Franklin Vows To Outwork “Nicky Satan”

gfx - they said itSEC 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 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.



Apparently when James Franklin phoned Coach Saban, Saban asked "why is the Missouri QB phoning me?"

SEC fan
SEC fan

Vandy fans?  Don't worry John there isn't many of them and they don't tend to follow sports websites.  Of course, Franklin is a jerk.  Nothing new here.


"Don't worry John there isn't many of them and they don't tend to follow sports websites."


We may not be as numerous as other fanbases, but I can assure you we are just as passionate. Plus we tend to have a better grasp of subject-verb agreement.

SEC fan
SEC fan


 So sorry for the grammatical error.  Got my degree at Peabody.  In fact, most Vandy athletes were in my classes.


 @SEC fan  @NickandRudys No. Not true. Don't spread lies and falsehoods. BTW, your comedy attempts are as lame as Franklin's.

SEC fan
SEC fan

 @dee6634  @NickandRudys

 wasn't intended to be funny but it is true that Vandy athletes take classes that are remedial at best at Peabody which flies in the face of their so-called "academic" reputation.


 @SEC fan  @NickandRudys        You're a little late to the party. That was funny 30 years ago.


Go check the standings of "your" school in the U.S. News and World Report. See where Peabody ranks on the list of best Education and Human Development programs in the country. Maybe you could return to "your" school in a meaningful capacity. I'm sure they could use you as a lab rat in a Human Development class.                                                                                                                                    


"We know then that Vanderbilt fans will rip into us for taking the Dores’ brash, mouthy coach to task…"


Ehh, no. I guess telling you that Vanderbilt fans are embarrassed, too, wouldn't make your writing any easier. I think this group of people - the smallest of all SEC fanbases  and used to sucking in perpetuam - are a little different. Maybe that's self-exceptionalism (the good ol' Lake Wobegon effect)... but I think it's certainly true we have fewer crazies than most groups. We at least try to be rational!


The dude sticks his foot in his mouth - it's embarassing. But if he gives us nine wins while doing it... whatever. He's apologized, as he should have. He'll take his lashes, we'll take ours, and then something else shiny will grab our attention. At least he didn't comment on the attractiveness of Mrs. Saban.


Love your site.

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He's already called Saban and apologized. FYI: Nicky Satan was Adam Sandler's character in Little Nicky. People have no sense of humor anymore.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator



And quoting Adam Sandler's movie "Little Nicky" (seen by dozens!) is supposed to show a sense of humor?


I'm glad to know it was all in fun.  Kinda makes one wonder why he had to call to apologize, though.


I wonder if I could refer to Coach Franklin as "Chrome Dome" on this site and tell anyone complaining that they have no sense of humor?  Probably not.  


Franklin's mouth once again led him someplace he shouldn't have gone.  Admit it, move on.  No one called for his imprisonment, but that was a silly thing to say.  Heck, he wasn't even saying it to a Vandy booster club... he was saying it at a high school banquet in Georgia.  Dumb decision.  End of story.  (Until the next time he pipes up and says something goofy.)


Thanks for reading the site,


The regular guy
The regular guy

Coach Franklin needs to go to charm school, tonight.  Or perhaps read (re-read?) "How to Win Friends and Influence Enemies".  I think we all understand that high school level humor often and necessarily relies on  'pie in the face' stunts, but really, at a talk in the gym? The smirking kids will forget the comment within a week, but parents, administrators and the entire Crimson Tide nation will remember when it counts. 


 @The regular guy Parents, administrators and Crimson Tide Nation? Oh my!


No, the only ones who'll remember are people like you who take this stuff way too seriously. Now go play with your James Franklin Voodoo doll


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