“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.
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?
Seriously, what does this guy say when the cameras aren’t on him?
This may be the first positive Coaches Poll story I’ve ever read.
… I heard plenty about that dreadful prediction on Twitter from the moment the Tide’s butt-kicking of the Irish began. Then, I get to the coaches convention in Nashville a few hours later. I run into Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. He tells me about all of the hate mail and such that he received for having voted Notre Dame No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll last month… Franklin said Vandy had played Wake Forest the week after Notre Dame did, so through film study, Franklin had become very familiar with the Irish and how good they actually were.
Give Franklin credit for not traveling with the herd there, but I think that’s little more than a case of the exception proving the rule.
James Franklin got the number of the truck that hit his team last Saturday.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now, and I thought that was as impressive of an offense as I’ve seen in terms of a veteran quarterback, physical offensive line, physical running backs and speed on the perimeter as well as size.”
Of course, I can’t help but notice he didn’t have any compliments for Georgia’s defense.
Could there be a more obvious Musical Palate Cleanser for this post than this?
Coaches gonna coach. Players gonna play. So let’s put our version of the rematch to the side for now and commence firing random bullet points.
Bottom line here is that I think Georgia shuts down Vandy’s running game and Vanderbilt can’t do the opposite. The Dawgs had best be prepared to see a heavy dose of the dink and dunk passing game with an occasional trick play tossed in to see if they’re staying awake and aware. The line is somewhere in the neighborhood of two touchdowns and that strikes me as reasonable. Stay away from mistakes, grind the Commodores down and grab that second divisional win.
Oh, and don’t forget to shake hands after the game, fellas.
Those of you who want Saturday to be just another day at the office, so to speak, are going to find themselves a little disappointed as the week progresses, I’m afraid.
Attitude and a liquored-up Sanford Stadium should make for an interesting game night atmosphere.
So James Franklin, after joking about drinking Mai Tais with Todd Grantham at Disney World, went on to note how grown up everyone is.
“I think everyone else is going to talk about it, but I know Coach Richt’s going to focus on playing the game and the fundamentals and that’s what we’re going to do,” Franklin said. “It was an emotional, passionate, great game last year. But we’re going to do what we do every single week and focus on the game, and I would think that’s what Coach Richt is going to do as well.”
Eh, he’s probably right about that. Boring, though.
Now I’m not here to advocate another Celebration moment – although that remains, and will always remain, totally worth it. But there have to be a few more subtle moves with an edge that Richt could take if he wanted to get on Franklin’s nerves.
For example, were it me, I’d name Shawn Williams and Kwame Geathers co-captains. Send a little message right from the coin flip ceremony.
Just curious: what to you figure the over/under is on the number of times Richt, Grantham and Franklin and their players get asked about the motivation factor from last year’s pissing match?
Bonus question: is that number lower or higher than the number of points Vanderbilt scores Saturday night?
UPDATE: There are motivational stones (h/t Charles Grant, forever) dropping all over the place.
But Jenkins heard about Franklin’s signing-day comments that players who decommit after accepting scholarship offers are not “men of honor” or “men of integrity” — uttered shortly after Jenkins’ signing classmate, Josh Dawson, flipped his commitment from Vandy to Georgia — and he knows how the overall succession of events has added intensity to a previously tame division rivalry.
“This might be the game of the year,” Jenkins said after making his first career start in the Bulldogs’ 56-20 rout of Florida Atlantic. “With past reputations and stuff that transpired last year, I’m definitely expecting a four-quarter game. Vandy never gives up. They fight to the death and that’s one of the games I couldn’t wait to play.”
Asked if there is an unusual buzz around the locker room about facing Vanderbilt, Dawson said that is the case for some players.
“Between a couple of us there is — me and Josh Dawson,” Jenkins said with a grin. “He committed there and I said, ‘You’d better turn up because they’re going to be after you.’ I’m just ready for that game and ready for the team to get past that landmark.”
I see that James Franklin and his team are in full excuse mode two games into the season. Generally, that’s not a good sign.
Here’s my favorite part:
“I think we were complacent,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if you could say we got entitled… We didn’t handle what little success we had last year very well.”
When you’re complacent after going 6-7, I think you’ve summed up your problem in a nutshell.