Something tells me the Vandy fans would not be upset if their new coach brings a few good recruits with him.
Yesterday, James Franklin appeared on Dan Patrick’s national radio show. He was asked about his decision to try and lure a number of Vanderbilt commits into following him to Penn State. His response?
“I don’t know what the rules are, there. I know that I’ve been sitting in living rooms with families and kids and selling them on a dream and selling them on a vision and our relationship. A lot of people say that the kids should commit to a school, not a coach, but the reality is, they do (commit to coaches). Families and kids want to make sure their kids is being taken care of. It’s about the relationship aspect.
My responsibility is to do everything in my power to make sure I put a team together that can help Penn State be successful. The people I’ve been recruiting for the last two years that I know inside and out, know the type of men they are, type of families they come from, that’s going to happen. My job right now is to everything I possibly can to help Penn State be successful.”
In other words, “Thanks for the millions; now kiss off, Vandy.” Hey, at least he’s honest.
Those comments remind this writer of all the times Vanderbilt fans defended Franklin against our charges that he was a loudmouth and that he could be jerkish, even Kiffinesque at times. I remember the many times an email or comment came in this site’s direction claiming that we “must be fans of some school that’s scared of Franklin.”
Uh, no, we just thought Franklin — a great recruiter and a good coach — was all about Franklin and not Vanderbilt. Now those who defended him so vociferously simply because he was wearing their school colors at the time are beginning to understand what we saw from an objective point of view. Great recruiter, good coach, jerkish.