Some of his best friends are players.

So, who said this?  (No fair peeking!)

“You guys know me. I’m the type of guy, I’m going to have relationships with my players. I hope to have relationships with the guys that play for me for the rest of my life.

“But the fact that people would make accusations that we tampered or did this or did that, again, I’m just going to defend our program and defend our character and how we do things. But I think it’s ridiculous to think that I’m not going to have relationships with these kids after I leave places.”

Answer here.

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42 responses to “Some of his best friends are players.

  1. ClassicCityDawg

    It honestly sounds like a Kiffin quote. Given the similar manner in which both coaches conduct themselves, I think my guess was a pretty good one.

  2. ETennDawg

    First thought was trooper. Not surprised by this though.

  3. dubyadee

    How do you think he would react if one of his players did the same thing? He”d go ballistic of course.

    I guess he doesn’t dig so much on the categorical imperatives. Truly a man of honor.

  4. The Lone Stranger

    This goofy character may keep us all entertained until Fall Camp rolls around.

  5. Zdawg

    NAILED IT. Then I started second guessing myself and thinking it could be Kiffykins or even Meyer.

  6. Faulkner

    I went with Kiffin first and Meyer second. Funny how we all had the same coaches in mind. Franklin is really gunning for the top spot.

  7. Irishdawg

    My first thought was Kiffy. I am Jack’s total lack of surprise that it was that whiny gash Franklin.

  8. stoopnagle

    Duh.

    So, young O’Brien? Be he a “man of honor”?

    • The Lone Stranger

      Nay — the door to Honour swings only one way, toward the West End of Nashville. So decreed Sir Franklin.

  9. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Be careful to whom you compare this guy. Kiffin beat us in his only attempt and won more than 10 games last year. Corch won the BCSNC twice at Florida. Might be better to compare him to Paul Johnson for disingenuousness.

  10. 202dawg

    Without looking in the comments (or the article), i’d surmise that to be one James Franklin; douche-bag extraordinaire!

  11. 202dawg

    “But I think it’s ridiculous to think that I’m not going to have relationships with these kids after I leave places.”

    Guilty

  12. bob greasy

    My first thought?

    Sandusky.

  13. TomReagan

    I guessed Meyer.

    The thing that jumped out at me was “after I LEAVE places”. I’d be much more comfortable with a coach who said “after I LEFT somewhere”.

  14. Dog in Fla

    The fact that people would make accusations that James Franklin tampered or did this or did that “wasn’t right. It was a bad deal. It will forever be in the mind of James Franklin and in the mind of our football team. We’ll handle it, and it’s going to be a big deal.”

  15. dawgohol

    Franklin is unreal. A total hypocrite.

  16. Longshot

    “relationships” is another word for “contact”, and I have a feeling he is under investigation, odd that Maryland banned transfer to Vanderbilt, who they don’t even play. Becoming obvious as folks look closer at Franklin’s past, he does tend to jump schools a lot over his history too. Franklin and the words “character” or “integrity” arn’t what come to mind. Especially in Maryland where Franklin lied about his coach n waiting commitment and left them for Vanderbilt.

    • Cojones

      Retreat to the Maryland/Edsall articles and you will understand why Sally Jenkins labeled him “Chief Petty Officer”.

  17. OKDawg

    Josh Dawson would like to have a word here regarding the valuable relationships Franklin builds with young men.

  18. Ten years ago, who would have thought we’d all be sitting here saying, “Man that Vandy coach is a real d-bag”.

  19. AusDawg85

    If you didn’t guess Franklin correctly, you’re not paying attention to how the Senator does things. Stay current, my friends!

  20. Trbodawg

    Guess I’m old… I guessed Donnan. I found another article on the Tennessean I thought interesting… http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120207/SPORTS0602/302070027/Vanderbilt-doubles-football-recruiting-budget

  21. Lanka

    Franklin COULD have DENIED all contact with previous players SUCH AS DANNY O BRIEN, unfortuntely, Franklin has now admitted he contacted former players, he’s trying to downplay the contact as “casual”, but since Danny O Brien wants to lift the transfer block to Vanderbilt, it obviously was not a “causal’ contact.

    Looks like an open and shut tampering case.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120217/SPORTS0602/302170104/2082?tw_p=twt

  22. UGLYDAWG

    Franklin seems to adhere to the old Hollywood belief that “any publicity is good publicity”. So make a “splash”, Frankie! You’ve arrived!
    “After I leave places” , is very telling. Just substitute “here” for places and you can see that he pictures himself moving on to bigger and better things, (as in a continuation of Vandy coaches being hired away to the NFL..or something).

  23. I never imagined that The Commodes can one day be under NCAA investigation. With Franklin around, it seem to be coming sooner.