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.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble

15 responses to “For once, it’s the other school in Tennessee.

  1. timphd

    Wow, a little discretion on the part of the police force. Don’t name anyone until the investigation is over. Novel.


  2. AlphaDawg

    Gives new meaning to Childers old song.


  3. John Denver is full of shit

    R word, R word, R word…

    I mean, can you imagine, if the R word was even uttered on campus in Athens?…Atlanta would send news teams to cover and break the story and players names guilty or not would be splashed all over TV…


    • DawgPhan

      we know what would happen if this happened on campus in athens…it did happen with harrick’s dawgs and a certain mr. cole.


  4. Comin' Down The Track

    Soooo… what kind of wormhole opens if Vanderbilt wins the Fulmer Cup?


    • The 984

      The not fun kind. All the past Fulmer Cups have been won on stupid stuff that ultimately can be laughed at (see Georgia’s traffic violations riddled Fulmer Cup) or sheer criminal mastermindedness that it borders on the absurd (see Auburn’s Fulmer Cup). But to win one on sex crimes? And not just groping in the bar sex crimes? That puts a whole damper on the tongue-in-cheek mocking of criminal activity.


  5. Bulldawg165

    So Franklin is actually going to check out your wife and then give you the yes/no decision on hiring you? How long before he gets punched in the face by an angry assistant coach because he just dissed the guy’s wife?


    • Cojones

      If he was someone that Franklin wanted, “putting lipstick on a pig” would become an anachronistic term at Vandy.


  6. Cojones

    What some of us forget is that the players have not been dismissed from the team and, after an investigation, may be held unaccountable for something that is not a sex crime. Since there have been no arrests I view them as sitting on the sidelines until Vandy can readmit them. If arrested, Vandy can say they aren’t students or student athletes enrolled there.

    Can Fulmer Cup points be invalidated if they aren’t enrolled? Think that Vandy may play the Fulmer Cup game better than any SEC school thus far.


  7. Dog in Fla

    “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.”

    As soon as they overthrow Bret in Fayetteville, he automatically qualifies for the deal of a position as an assistant on James Franklin’s staff


  8. shane#1

    Kiffin, and Layla may be available soon, Son, that there, Ah say, that there is an assistant coach!