Or, he could simply be full of shit. Yeah, I suppose that’s possible.
Category Archives: James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble
The Vanderbilt Rivals site is reporting that whether James Franklin stays at Vanderbilt or goes to Penn State, his new contract will pay him more than $4 million per year.
I predict Greg McGarity has another sleepless night tonight.
UPDATE: This is even better.
That’s right – Bobby Petrino is making more than Mark Richt. I guess nice guys do finish last sometimes.
Shit’s gettin’ real in Nashville, where Chris Boyd entered into a plea deal that will him keep out of jail and perhaps lead to him being reinstated on the football team. However, there’s a catch.
Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, of Roswell, Ga., pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of trying to help cover up the June 23 rape of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt student in a dorm room. The plea deal allows Boyd to escape a felony conviction, any time spent in jail and a permanent mark on his record — so long as he testifies against four teammates charged with rape and stays out of trouble for a year.
It sounds like he’s ready to testify against more than just the four who’ve been charged. And that may have some significant repercussions.
The plea also opened the door to new, disturbing details about the early morning hours of June 23, when prosecutors say four of Boyd’s former teammates raped the student while she was unconscious. Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman said in court that Boyd, Vanderbilt tight end Dillon van der Wal and starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels carried the partially nude woman from a hallway where she had been dumped back into the room of one of the men prosecutors say sexually assaulted her.
Those details drew Vanderbilt University even deeper into the rape case, prompting officials there to address prosecutors’ allegations that their tight end and star quarterback not only had information about the rape, but were actually in the dorm shortly after it happened.
“As of this date, no additional players have been suspended or dismissed from the football team. Vanderbilt is monitoring the criminal process,” wrote Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, when asked about the inclusion of van der Wal and Carta-Samuels in prosecutors’ account of the rape.
At a minimum, you’ve got to figure there are more suspensions and plea deals coming down the turnpike. If Franklin can hold things together throughout this, he’s really a helluva coach. Which is why I sort of have to laugh when I hear the media asking Saban if the Fluker matter is a distraction to his team this week. You want a distraction? This is a distraction.
He’s not exactly pulling any punches here.
For years and years, Vanderbilt didn’t have the talent to compete — much less beat — other SEC teams. Nicknamed the Harvard of the South, the university has long prided itself on stringent academic requirements.
On Tuesday, Spurrier wondered if that had begun to change.
“I don’t know all the academic requirements they have there at Vanderbilt, but if you’re going to play in the SEC you’ve got to recruit very closely to the standards everybody else has,” Spurrier said. “I would think they’ve relaxed them a little bit, but I don’t know exactly.”
“They want to play,” Spurrier said. “They want to play football, and they want to be competitive, and to do that you almost have to have the requirements pretty close to the other schools. Pretty close.”
It’s interesting that Spurrier doesn’t mind giving James Franklin some obvious bulletin board material for this week’s game. At least he didn’t bring up the suspensions from the rape charges.
Pre-game nourishment, baby.
- If you’re not shilling for the WWL, and you’re interested in what might work against Clowney, check out Andy Staples’ piece.
- Along the same lines, Marc Weiszer talks to the last two offensive tackles who had to handle Clowney in a game.
- Tony Casillas responds to his former coach’s criticism of Johnny Football by noting that Brian Bosworth “was a bigger jerk than Johnny Manziel”.
- Wow, the NCAA is looking at giving student-athletes more control over the transfer process? Expect the pushback on that to be ferocious.
- It seems like every day I learn something that makes me even madder about A.J. Green’s suspension.
- Vanderbilt has scored at least 35 points in four straight games, the first time the Commodores have done that since 1948.
- Some comments of interest about Clowney and Murray after week one.
- According to ESPN Stats & Information, Clemson ran 36 times on designed runs inside the tackles for 158 yards (4.4 YPC) and a touchdown last Saturday against the Dawg defense.
- According to Ramik Wilson, Todd Grantham’s biggest complaint to the players about the Clemson game was a lack of turnovers.
Football is coming. Eat.
- Mark Richt, on those starting freshmen: “So you’ve gotta play them.”
- Jonathan Chait says you can’t pay Manziel for his name because boosters. Scott Lemieux thinks Chait is a misguided sentimental fool. I think Lemieux gets the better part of the argument.
- Bill Connelly puts on his Missouri hat to analyze the Tigers’ game with Georgia this year.
- “Are no-huddle offenses about coaching ego?” Any coach who operates on that basis won’t be in his job for long.
- James Franklin is already working the refs for the Ole Miss game.
- Some Clemson self-scouting at Shakin the Southland. Make sure you read the four questions in the middle of the post.
- Because you haven’t read enough of them, here’s another ranking the SEC quarterbacks article.
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.