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All I know is: If you gonna out work CNS, you gonna be one busy sumbitch.
I'd be upset if it were someone else, but it's Vanderbilt. We fire coaches for having seasons like their best seasons. Two straight BCS Titles vs. two straight bowl seasons. I don't think they're that important so it bothers me none.
That may be the fastest turnaround I've ever had. I came to BOL as a huge fan of James Franklin and rooting for Vandy to be competitive in the SEC. In the span of a few seconds, I grew to dislike him. They can go winless now for all I care. Overreaction? Probably, but there is no excuse for what he said.
Had he said he was going to out work Nick Saban that's one thing, but the "nicky satan" thing is a big slice of cheese.
And as I've heard it said many times: work smarter...not harder.
Urban Meyer almost worked himself into the grave. How'd that work out for him against Saban?
This is a common misconception. In reality, it was nick Saban who almost worked Urban Meyer into the grave.
According to the Tennessean, he called him.
“He’s got a lot on his plate right now with recruiting. I have a lot on my plate right now with recruiting,” Franklin said. “We spoke briefly. He said, ‘Coach, I have a lot of respect for what you guys are doing up there at Vanderbilt.’ I said, ‘Coach, I’ve got tremendous respect for what you’re doing.’ And that was it. Got off the phone and that was it.”
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
At least he respects Coach Saban. (g)
More from the story ...
Franklin, who made the reference Monday at a Macon (Ga.) Central High sports banquet, said it was meant strictly as a joke. Video of the speech has since gone viral.
“Obviously, tremendous respect for Coach Saban,” Franklin said. “I just got off the phone with him. Tremendous respect for them. I’ve got tremendous respect for what they’ve done. Everybody is chasing them. The guy has won three or four national championships.
“(I was) really talking about the work ethic that he has a reputation for, and that we’re going to outwork them. I made a joke. And in today’s society with all the media and social media and people with tape recorders and things like that, that doesn’t come off that way. I know people have tremendous pride in Alabama, and their fans are fanatical. So I understand. But it was a joke and I didn’t mean to offend anybody.”
Franklin said that Saban was “good” with the situation.
So how does that apology go? "Hey Nick, sorry I called you the great evil overlord of college football"
CNS will remember this when Franklin is coaching the Barn in a few years.
man I like Franklin, but you can't bash my coach like that. Saban could retire tomorrow and Franklin would still never come close to what he's done
Can you imagine what kind of media firestorm would ensue if Nick Saban had name called a minority coach "Brotha Frankie" or something similar?
Don't stoop to a 3rd grade level.
Give the same amount of respect that you want to be given to you.
"The (All In) Family"
So let me see if I understand this: BOL posters are getting their panties in a wad because James Franklin called Nick Satan this guy:
I'll tell you what...I have a lot more respect for James Franklin having a bit of a sense of humor than I do for alleged Christians who seek to impose their view of Christianity on someone else. The notion that calling Nick Saban "Nicky Satan" in jest is somehow anti-Christian or sinful is just wrong headed and, quite frankly, gives real Christianity a bad name.
This post was edited by airharper 18 months ago
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