Commodore recruiting has soared to new heights. Vandy won nine games last year for the first time since the Earth cooled. The Dores have been to back-to-back bowl games. But as Frankling said last week, he’s also having to worry about creating traditions:
“We’re trying to build a program, we’re trying to build a fan base and we’re trying to build traditions. At a lot of other schools in the SEC the head coach doesn’t have to focus on that because those things have been going on at those institutions for 80 years.”
While that may sound like extra work, there’s actually a positive flipside to the start-from-scratch situation. Franklin doesn’t have to worry about doing things as a legendary predecessor might have done them. And how many coaches get to build a program completely as they see fit?
If Franklin continues to have success at Vanderbilt, one might actually begin to wonder why he would ever leave. The man can literally be the “father” of a major college football program in the SEC. (Sorry, old timers, but Dan McGugin’s last championship at Vandy came in 1923.)
Anchor Down, anyone?