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Anchor down.

Coming off a nine-win season, back-to-back bowl game appearances for the first time in school history and Vanderbilt can’t sell as many football season tickets as last year?

For once, James Franklin is right to feel ticked off.

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For once, it’s the other school in Tennessee.

Woody Widenhofer may not work in a toll booth anymore, but you can’t say he doesn’t know what it takes to make Vanderbilt football click.

“Any time you get to a bowl, you’ve done a great job,” Widenhofer said. “By going to two bowls in two years, it shows they’ve got it going there now. I just wonder if they’ve changed the (admission) rules since (former chancellor) Gordon Gee left. They must be able to get some kids in now.”

Some kids, indeed.

Four Vanderbilt University football players were kicked off the team Saturday and banned from the campus amid a Metro police sex crimes investigation.

“The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten student safety and security,” said Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for public affairs, in a statement.

Kinda makes this James Franklin pearl of wisdom sound even worse, doesn’t it?

“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife. If she looks the part and she’s a D1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal. There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a woman, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”

Well, at least Franklin’s got a couple of weeks before SEC Media Days to practice his answer when Clay Travis raises his hand to ask a question about sex.

Speaking of the media, how about this aspect of the matter?

Police have declined to elaborate on exactly what they were investigating. None of the players has been named, and no arrests had been made by late Saturday. It’s unclear how damaging the case could be to the university or its football program, particularly as the exact nature of the investigation remains secret.

I’m not sure who’s more shocked by that, Mark Richt or the collective sports department of the AJ-C.  I have no doubt that Jimmy Williamson thinks it sets a bad example, though.

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The many sides of James Franklin

Vanderbilt’s coach may go ballistic with his peers from time to time, but when it comes to recruits, he prefers just to chillax.

“Vanderbilt. Me and Coach (James) Franklin were in the office, and he was blasting some team music. I believe it was like Tupac. He was doing a little singing along to it, and getting kind of crunk. He was basically acting like one of us.”

Here’s guessing Shaq Wiggins learns that Franklin’s personality is a little more, um, complicated before Georgia’s trip to Nashville this year.

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“That’s all I’m going to say.”

Vanderbilt takes on more of the trappings you’d expect of a big-time football program in Tennessee.

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Tuesday morning buffet

The line is open, so grab a plate.

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The difference between understanding and sympathy

James Franklin tweeted this:  “No 1 can offer combination of attributes we can,no 1,best of both worlds,if u want 2 settle in life this probably isn’t place 4 u anyway!”

Now I get that this is really little more than puffery for the product he’s selling, so I can’t say I’m offended.  But I can’t say I feel too bad about how he got treated by a radio host for the comment, either.

Host: “Do you believe if a player you are recruiting decides to go elsewhere that they are settling in life by not going to play for Vanderbilt?”

Franklin with a laugh: “You’re a beauty. What I found funny about that whole thing is that’s really been a consistent theme with us about having the ability to come to Vanderbilt and chase all your dreams at the highest level. If you look at the graduation rate, I think they speak for themselves. People can try to create this into a story. The graduation rates speak volumes when you look at what these schools are doing, other schools.”

Franklin sidestepped the question pretty well, so the host asked him again, and this was Franklin’s response:

“You’re real interesting (Franklin laughing). What I’m telling you is Vanderbilt is an unbelievable opportunity and if you look at graduation rates — people should be ashamed of themselves when they look at graduation rates what’s going on in this country. And Vanderbilt can give you an opportunity like very few places can. That’s what I’m saying. You can put words — you can say whatever you want. That’s what I’m saying.”

The subject was brought up again and Franklin got defensive again and asked the host to “relax” before saying that he “didn’t realize I was coming on this show to get jumped and try to create problems.”

I’m not sure what the version of “lie down with pigs, get up smelling like garbage” is for dickheads, but when you’re the overly aggressive type and claim your behavior is necessary in defense of your school, you shouldn’t be surprised when the audience assumes the worst about anything you put out there.

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Tweet happy thoughts.

James Franklin:

“I don’t tweet when I’m angry or upset,” he said.

Well, let’s check the tape on that.

You know, he’s right. No cell phone in sight there.

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Accentuate the negative.

There are two ways to paint a picture of an opposing program to gullible kids recruits, according to James Franklin.

“It’s all over the place. We hear it consistently from a lot of different angles. I think when you have a really good product to sell, you can focus on your product. I don’t necessarily think it’s negative recruiting when people do some research and find some facts. I don’t have any problem with that. There’s no oasis out there. There’s no perfect place. Every place has strengths and weaknesses. I have no problem with people doing research and showing it. But when it’s just negative recruiting without any facts to back it up, that’s the stuff that’s a little frustrating when you’re dealing with 17-year-old and 18-year-old kids that can be easily influenced. Or for a family that really hasn’t been through the recruiting process and they don’t understand, it can be overwhelming. That’s why the trust you have with the young man, his family and his high school coach is very, very important. Because you’re always going to get negative recruiting. Everybody is going to deal with it to a degree. That’s part of the nature of the beast of coaching and competing in the SEC.”

What do you want to bet that Franklin considers himself to be more in command of the facts than any other coach in the conference?

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