James Franklin: If she looks the part, you got a chance to get hired.

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday May 30, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on May 30, 2012

UPDATE: Franklin tweeted today, "My foot doesn't taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget 2 #AnchorDown"

Franklin has also issued an apology today by stating, "I hope I did not offend anyone," he said. "I enjoy my family, my job, interviews with the media, meeting new people, learning & getting better and not taking myself or my job too serious!"

Just my opinion, but nobody should have been offended by Franklin's statement.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Breaking: Do not apply for a job on James Franklin's staff if your wife is not a smoke show.

While in Destin on Wednesday afternoon, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin told Clay Travis on 104.5 The Zone that he evaluates the appearance of coaches' wives during the interview process.

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."

Heading into his second year as head coach, Franklin is pumped about the future of the Vanderbilt football program.

He's enjoying the challenge of recruiting and marketing his program.

Franklin recently found inspiration from the movie, "Moneyball."

He said, "Moneyball was talking directly to me."

"I had my staff, all of them, watch it.  It's the same deal.  I mean, for us to think that we're going to be able to do it exactly like school 'X', that doesn't make sense.  We're going to have to find create ways, think outside the box, to overcome some of the challenges.  But we can also embrace some of the strength and positive that we have that maybe other people don't.   I think one of the greatest things about Vanderbilt is the academics, other people have used that as an excuse."

"To me, if you're one of the top three schools in this conference, then yeah, you've differentiated yourself.  But the rest of them, they are all fighting for the same.  And the academics for us and Nashville for us, give us a way to differentiate from everyone else."

Vandy opens the 2012 season against South Carolina on Thursday night primetime.

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