James Franklin is a wild and crazy guy.

Well, this is one way to pick a staff.

Franklin, in a relaxed mood near the beach, explained, “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 women, 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.”

You’ve got to love this response from one of the Vandy assistant coaches.

I haven’t figured out yet how this gets used on the recruiting trail, but I’m sure somebody will come up with something.

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UPDATE:  Oops.

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UPDATE #2:  Travis goes there.

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34 responses to “James Franklin is a wild and crazy guy.

  1. ScoutDawg

    Todd, will you please just kick his ass?

  2. reipar

    Is Franklin saying that if you can pick up a woman you can pick up a 17 year old boy?

    I feel dirty just having read this.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      I wonder if there is a little Petrino in Franklin? Want to snake your assistant coaches’ wives James?

    • Darrron Rovelll

      Again I refer to the code of the street, Franklin keeps forgetting to add the qualifying statement:

  3. Spike

    Let’s have a pic of his old lady and check her out.

  4. Fonzie

    I guess an unmarried coach interviewing with Franklin has to convince him that he’s going home with a different hottie every night.

  5. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    So we knew Franklin was a douche, but I’ll file this in the I don’t think I would’ve said that file …

  6. X-Dawg

    Well, if the USC gig doesn’t work out, at least Kiffin will have a job waiting for him in Nashville.

  7. Uglydawg

    I have to wonder if “in a relaxed mood by the beach” is a euphemism for “one toke over the line”, “stoned” or “feeling no pain”.
    If Franklin was cold stone sober and pensive when he made these remarks, we are getting a disgusting picture of how he thinks and how he expresses his musings…”shallow” and “impulsively”.

  8. Go Dawgs!

    Gee, prospective Vanderbilt assistant coach, how’s that make you feel? “Bring your wife by. If I want to bang her, I’ll give you an interview.”

  9. Jim from Duluth

    Maybe Franklin is taking lessons from the HBC on how to get attention?

  10. Macallanlover

    Don’t know if it is directly relevant but in my corporate life we always took management candidates, and their spouses, to dinner. Purpose was to see how they handled themselves in an environment they would be in when entertaining customers at higher levels. It would surprise you how “imbalanced” many relationships are. Your employee may be very sharp, the souse can be a total “clunker” in terms of dress, social/conversation skills, grammar, judgement, etc.

    • Cojones

      On the other hand, she could be very vivacious, practically woo the customer’s clothes off and prove to be a mental giant next to your sharp employee. She then becomes your management candidate.

      Thank goodness my wife came along for househunting after I got the job. Everyone got to see what a good person she was early on and how she would fit into the corporate family. I looked forward to the first corporate get-together in order that her personality and manners could reflect on me. Since she came from a position as an administrative asst for 2 Directors and a VP in a major microchip corporation (Kyocera), she was always an asset to our shared corporate life and consulting.

      While Franklin’s comments were probably headed toward that corporate family objective, if I ever heard any such comment that he made, I would not be there. If he talks that way around recruits (without thinking first) then I’m amazed he has recruited well at all.
      I, on the other hand, only carry on this way in the anonymity of a blog. Smoke’em if you got’em.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      On the other hand, the wife may lack brains and social graces but be absolutely dynamite in the sack. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors–and what things in life are more important to someone than others? Supposedly that is how Wallis Simpson landed the Duke of Windsor.

  11. HVL Dawg

    I’ve got to think the 3 female members of the Vanderbilt Board of Trustees’ Athletic Committee are very impressed.

  12. Comin' Down The Track

    “Smoke show.” Nice.
    Mine is… but I don’t wanna work at Vanderbilt.

  13. Mike The Knight

    Pretty sure what Franklin said is very much a violation of EEOC law. What a dumb phuck. He’s essentially opened the door for a lawsuit from anyone that didn’t get the job after they met the spouse. On another note, do you think Friedgen (sp?) has a good looking wife?

    • Scott

      Agreed. Sexist and discriminatory against women, gays, single people and probably the disabled as well. I have tried to defend this guy, but I have to concede he is a jerk.

  14. stoopnagle

    And the d-baggery continues…

  15. BMan

    So if Pam Ward showed up to interview and Suzy Kolber was her wife, would she get the job?

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Suzy’s cute enough to fit Franklin’s guidelines. Joe Namath seemed to like her.

  16. adam

    ” There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, 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.”

    This quote… Either the guy quoting him is an idiot or Franklin can’t form a coherent sentence.

    Could be a little of both. Whatever the problem is, I’ve read this “sentence” several times and, while I get what he’s trying to say, this is one of the worst attempts at a sentence I’ve seen in a long time. Awful.

  17. Skeeter

    So at least Kiffin knows he can always get a fall back assistant job at Vandy.