Penn State paid for James Franklin’s farewell ad to Vandy fans in The Tennessean.
UPDATE: This is the way to do a farewell. Best of luck to you and your family, Coach O.
Filed under James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble
He’s so grateful that, not only did he not even pay for the ad, he’s now trying to raid Vandy’s upcoming recruiting class and get them to switch to Penn St. In fact, I believe he’s already gotten 3-4 to switch with more to follow.
Between him and Grantham’s antics, it just goes to show the egos involved in coaching and how powerful they’ve become. Total lack of self awareness, though you sorta can’t blame them given the money they’re making combined with their overall leverage.
It’s 5 so far.
And honestly, of all the blogs on all the internets, this is the one I expected to actually think that was a good thing. The alternative here is that players, recruited under the pretense that JF would be at Vandy, be forced to honor a verbal commitment (not even a signed on) to the school instead of step back and take into account changing circumstances and entertain a new offer, which they could have done at any time anyway.
This is the place I go to read about the (good!) movement to allow the players to share in all of this wealth creation, and give them more rights as parties in what is essentially a cartel, and yet JF is all kinds of dirty things because 5 football players thought playing for him at Penn State was a better life opportunity than playing for someone they’ve never met at one of the 3 worst BCS football programs of the last 50 years.
I get that this community doesn’t like JF as a person because of a comment he made at a fundraising dinner about a Georgia recruit, and I agree completely with the community about how poor taste that was, but let’s all pull out heads out of places and think about (1) reality, and (2) what’s best for the players. JF is a recruiter first and foremost, like just about every other college football coach (especially the successful ones), and we all are smart enough to know exactly what that means in terms of what coaches say as means to those ends.
What a douche. Here’s a 1/4 page color picture of me for you to remember me by.
Stay classy, Franklin. What a douche.
Cannot understand why the sports media is giving him a pass on this. Franklin is elevating his game to Petrino douchery level.
At least Chris Wilson won’t have to deal with him
You oughta just hear the mewling media sycophants here in Pittsburgh slobbering over the genius move that they perceive this to be by Ped St. There is absolutely no sense of scale in the jabbering. It’s a coach who quite simply skated by with puff pastry easy OOC scheduling and a strange down cycle for traditional troublemakers (UF/UT and a shaken OMiss).
Truthfully, he’s walking into a place that has those same ingredients in play in B1G country. Hope he falls on his face (w/ those goggles on).
Does Nashville have a new unnamed sewage treatment plant ready to be named?
Someone in Nashville should send a photo of horse dung with a pair of glasses on it that accompanies the PSU ad.
Jus’ trying to help.
Coach O sounds like a classy guy. Best of luck to him and his family.
Coach O, thanks for what you did in Athens. Good luck in Washington.
I will remember this the next time someone whines about the Georgia Way, even if it is me.
+1 Bulldog Class is gonna’ be rewarded.
Coach Olivadotti and family will always be loved and respected by “Georgia”. What a man and his family! It would be hard to get up every day, go to work, to be focused while your daugher is the fight for her life. Best to them.
Coach Olivadotti was clearly a “Georgia way” guy and will be missed.
I also note that the first words out of Coach Pruitt’s mouth at this week’s presser were of thanks to Jimbo Fisher.
I even note that Chris Wilson, say what you will, left the program with gracious comments.
On the other hand, our former hero (let’s fess up, now) Todd Grantham showed that he made the right choice of alliances by his own choice of remarks (and tweets) earlier this week. Mr. Grantham, have you never heard the old saw about burning your bridges? Just stay the Hell out of our town from now on, y’hear?
+1 I am sorry to see Coach O gone.
Todd Grantham tweeted about once every 3 months, if that when he was at UGA. Now he has so much to say it’s nauseating. Coach Wilson was very active, and one can understand coach O’s struggles and never mind about all that. But, Grantham’s recent discovery of the tweet is abominable. Just goes to show how he really felt about UGA, our players, recruits and fanbase. We were personna non grata in his book.
“But, Grantham’s recent discovery of the tweet is abominable.”
He’s the snowman of social media unawareness.
When it’s time for Kasyn to go to college, remember us.
Good luck in Washington, Coach O. That letter was very touching. Your old boss could learn a few things from you.
Franklin has the big head. He was doing allright at Vandy…what with all the luck he had and blessings from the refs, etc….But he’s probably about to re-affirm The Peter Priciple. Expectations are a little dif at Vandy and PSU.
These people are looking for something good to finally come their way.
This will be like Sheriff Taylor finally letting Barney put the bullet in his gun.
The BIG winner in this deal is Tennessee because the in-state humiliation for them will finally end.
“in-state humiliation for them will finally end.”
Unless Vanderbilt hits us with a flanking manuever Schwerpunkt and steals Bobo :)
Stanford choked up their DC…so it’s not yet Bobo’s time
Wow! Great for Vanderbilt.
I never, ever thought I’d say this, but I actually feel kinda sorry for the Voles. Maybe the statute of limitations at taking grim satisfaction at all their troubles is starting to run out. Perhaps I’ll actually root for them against Bama’s Kiffy led offense next year instead of pulling for a sick satisfaction out of that offense laying a 4 or 5 TD win on UT. God, could you imagine the coonskin cap rending, spit-your-last-tooth out agony of that?
Geez, Slaw, I know I can’t be the only one to hold a grudge but purge yourself forever of that thought
“We’ll be recruiting from tomorrow for the whole week. We’ll have our maximum guys out. We’ll be everywhere and we’re going to find the best players in the country.” The bye week following a 45-19 thumping of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Kiffin pointed to the Georgia game as crucial for recruiting. The state of Georgia leads the conference in number of recruits committed to SEC schools. Love the energy and attitude.”
Sure didn’t want to read that fan-depressing statement again. You just inserted another bamboo sliver under the fingernail of our vengeful hand aimed at Bama.
+1 – as long as that jerk Junior walks this planet, we should never allow ourselves to feel sorry for the Vowels.
“Mason, 44, met with Vanderbilt officials Thursday and again Friday. He is known in the Pac-12 for excellence in defending spread offenses and also as a good recruiter with a likable personality — two traits held by former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who left to become coach at Penn State.”
does ESPN have a sarcasm font?
James Franklin was a defensive coach — who knew? I thought he was this up-and-coming offensive genius. I hope he falls flat on his face at PSU. I just hope Mason doesn’t bring Stanford’s commitment to winning to Nashville. He needs to understand the Dores’ tradition of SEC doormat.
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