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.