In defense (gulp) of James Franklin

Lord knows I’m no great fan of James Franklin’s behavior and there’s no question that Vanderbilt looks like crap so far this season, but I think John Pennington goes a little too far with this piece.  Sure, Franklin made good use of Bobby Johnson’s recruits, most of whom are long gone now, but it’s worth pointing out that Franklin did a better job of recruiting at Vandy than Johnson did.  Not only that, but Franklin redshirted almost the entire 2013 class.  It’s hard to see how that’s leaving somebody holding the bag.

Pennington is right that it’s too early to judge Mason.  But I’m not really sure how it’s any different for judging the talent that Mason’s been left to work with.

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9 responses to “In defense (gulp) of James Franklin

  1. Lrgk9

    Welcome to the SEC. Weakness will be exploited and you can expect to be bullied.

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  2. AthensHomerDawg

    Cojones and I have swapped opinions on Mr. Franklin here at GTP numerous times. I won’t rehash them. Franklin brought a chippy street attitude and combined it with some California swag to catch the perfect wave to make a run in the SEC. Following SOD’s work at uT, Vandy won back to back games. They feasted on a hapless Auburn in 2012. We all did. They caught Florida and Georgia during the great Injury Plague of 2013. And of course the Penn Wager Curse. Vandy beats Florida(4-8), uT(5-7)and Georgia(8-5) in the same year! ANCHOR DOWN! Interesting that these are now all referred to as his best wins as a Commodore.

    Franklin saw the money tree that Penn State has grown and decided to move his harvesting operations there. Good for him. The Red Shirts he left are great only they are also green and inexperienced. Vanderbilt returns only 10 starters, the second-fewest in the SEC, ahead of only Missouri. No team will have fewer senior contributors. No program in the SEC returns a smaller percentage of last season’s total offense; no SEC team returns a smaller slice of last year’s tackles.And welcome to the 3-4 Vandy. Maybe it will smooth out as the season progress. Spurrier hopes so!*

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  3. Mayor

    I wrote a post on this yesterday, the operative point being: Hiring a Harbaugh former assistant (Mason) is not the same as hiring Harbaugh any more than hiring a Saban former assistant (SOD) is the same as hiring Saban. The Commodes will have losing seasons each of the next 3 years and Mason will be gone after the 3rd year.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      My math looks a little different Mayor. I would project Mason’s HC potential to be a lot higher than SOD’s ever was. I think uT was hoping to catch lightening in a bottle by hiring Vince’s son. Apple and tree meme. I believe SOD is more like Barbara then his Dad.
      just sayin’

      Mason who served as associate head coach and Willie Shaw Director of Defense for the 2013 Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinal.

      Dooley Dooley was hired by Nick Saban at LSU as the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach, a capacity in which he served until 2002. Dooley then spent the 2003–04 seasons coaching the Tigers’ running backs and special teams. In 2005, Dooley left LSU with Saban to coach TE’s when the latter became head coach of the Miami Dolphins.[4]

      While one could argue that SOD did HC and AD while at La Tech. His performance there was unremarkable. Certainly not worthy of the position and cash that the Hillbillies threw at him.

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  4. 81Dog

    If trashing James Franklin is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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  5. CannonDawg

    Franklin made a perennial weakling into a competitive program in the SEC. If Drew doesn’t save us with his tackle, they beat us twice. And then Franklin lands a bigger job. Nothing wrong with that. Let him build PSU into a Big 10 power and face us in postseason where we kick his butt. Nothing wrong with that, either.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      I don’t begrudge his success anymore than I do the Urban Meyer or Harley Petrino’s successes. However slippery they may be. Therein lies the crux. Franklin is no Meyer or Petrino.I see him as more of a carnie at the SEC fairground than an innovative coach. H/T to him for getting Vandy to believe that they could win in the SEC. That was awesome. But seriously the SEC East wasn’t what it use to be during his tenure now was it? One comment my Dad made after Franklin’s confrontation on the field with Toddie. ” There is something Spurious about that man.”* Dad is in his mid 80’s and I’ve learned to respect his opinions.
      just sayin’

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  6. Will (the other one)

    I’d say, with Vandy averaging 5 points per game (aided by a non-offensive TD) Mason’s biggest hurdle right now is the fact that Karl Dorrell is still terrible at producing offense (it was true at UCLA too.)

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