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Vandy’s Franklin: “They Told Me I Could Never Win There”

gfx - they said itSpeaking at the Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina earlier this week, Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin opened up about the warnings he said he received before accepting the Commodores head coaching job… and his method for turning things around in Nashville:


“They told me I could never win there; it was the toughest job in all of college football.  Over and over and over again, we heard that constantly…

I’m a guy that’s got a chip on my shoulder, so I like proving people wrong.  That’s part of our message about how we were able to turn the thing around, by trying to take that negativity and flip it, by bombarding our guys with the same consistent positive message over and over and over again.”


Franklin is 15-11 in two years at Vandy.  He’s led the Commodores to their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1974 and 1975.  He’s led VU to consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.  His nine-win campaign this past season was Vanderbilt’s first nine-win season since 1915.

According to, Franklin also notched the 29th-best signing class in America in 2012 followed by the 19th-best class this year.



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