“We have had some other opportunities… but we believe in what we’re doing. We believe in the commitment that the kids have made. You walk into that home and you talk to that kid and you talk to their parents about the opportunity you’re presenting their son at a place like Vanderbilt. The fact that they have a chance to come and get a world class education and play in the greatest football conference in America. We believe in the difference we’re making in kids’ lives.”
Franklin also credited the administration for backing his program in a way that the VU program has never been backed previously.