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VU’s Franklin Gigs UT’s Dooley On Nashville Radio Show

When it comes to throwing barbs at other coaches, the SEC has a new bad boy in its ranks.  In the ’90s, Florida’s Steve Spurrier famously tagged Georgia’s Ray Goff with the moniker “Ray Goof.”  In 2009, Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin suggested that Florida’s Urban Meyer was a cheater.

While not going to those lengths, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin took a little swipe at Tennessee’s Derek Dooley yesterday.  And he knew exactly what he was doing.  The second-year coach called into Nashville radio station WGFX-FM 104.5 to gently steer the conversation away from UT and towards VU.

According to show host Chad Withrow on Twitter, he drew a comparison between the SEC’s two Tennessee-based head football coaches.  Franklin didn’t exactly agree with the host’s assessment.

Here’s Withrow’s “paraphrasing” of the exchange via Twitter:

“Me: ‘Both you and Coach Dooley have to hire coaches and recruit.’  Franklin: ‘We aren’t similar.  How many coaches does he have to replace?’”


Franklin has made it clear that Vandy football no longer intends to be the punching bag of the SEC.  Getting to six wins and a bowl in his first season — when most pundits expected a two- or three-win season — was a positive first step.

Of course, Tennessee fans angered by Franklin’s dig at their coach’s struggles have already lit up Twitter by pointing out that even in a “good” season for Vandy, the Dores still lost to Tennessee and still finished with a losing record.

Ah, but here’s the thing — when was the last time Vol football fans were angered by Vandy or its coach? 

Like his methods or not, Franklin has changed the attitude in Nashville and that’s a pretty big accomplishment in a single year.

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