Posted January 16, 2014

James Franklin thanks Vanderbilt fans in Nashville newspaper ad

James Franklin, Penn State Nittany Lions, Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt fans were probably disappointed when coach James Franklin decided to leave Nashville and take over at Penn State. After all, the Commodores enjoyed unprecedented success during Franklin’s three-year tenure. Despite Franklin’s exit, it appears the coach did not completely forgot about Vanderbilt fans during the process.

According to a tweet from ESPN’s P.R.’s Keri Potts on Thursday, the coach took out an advertisement in The Tennessean in Nashville as a thank-you for Commodore fans. The ad reads:

Thank you, Vanderbilt. It was a wonderful experience. I am forever grateful. Anchor Down, James Franklin.

Pretty classy exit by the coach.

17 comments
PatrickHenry
PatrickHenry

Coach Franklin's name has officially changed to Coach Poach. He tried a line that the kids commit to the coach, not to the school, but I don't recall Franklin spending his own or Penn State's money on those recruiting trips. He spent Vanderbilt money. He was classy almost till the end but finally showed his true stripes. The kids that de-committed and went with him to Penn State will now get a second rate education in the middle of a dying rust belt state.

Wesley11
Wesley11

Classy to the end. Well played, Coach Franklin and thanks for bringing a little football magic to Nashville!

nickhoumis
nickhoumis

Penn State paid for it! Of course this piece of garbage publication fails to mention that, or anything else good about PSU.

gingot1
gingot1

Actually no. According to the Tennessean, the ad was done and paid for by Penn State. Nice of them to try to do some damage control. Oh and by the way, he is still contacting our recruits trying to get more to decommit. 

mountainbrook417
mountainbrook417

Maybe he can get Penn State to schedule temas like Elon, Presbyterian and Austin Peay like he did at Vanderbilt so he can rack up meaningless wins there too.

WilliamHorton
WilliamHorton

He ran the ad after he took their top recruits with him to Penn State.  No, not classy at all.

paactusa
paactusa

@SInow Class act! Thrilled he is at PENN ST. We are Penn State! paactusa.org for prostate cancer concerns or call 616.453.1477

Jon_Blevins
Jon_Blevins

@SInow While he simultaneously pillages their recruits.. Maybe poor timing? lol

MichaelKeville
MichaelKeville

@PatrickHenry 


PA is hardly a rustbelt state.  And Penn State is a top public University. Get your facts straight

mnvols
mnvols

@mountainbrook417 I've had Vandy season tickets for 5 years, but I'm a Memphis State Alum. Just like when John Cal left for UK, I hated to see Franklin go.  Memphis isn't in the top 10 anymore nor are they going deep in the tourney, but they are playing well enough to keep me interested.   Hopefully the Mason hire will keep Vandy on the right track.

Wesley11
Wesley11

@WilliamHortonI agree that it is somewhat unethical for coaches transferring schools to try to encourage recruits to go with them. But if the kid was going to the school for the coach and the coach leaves and the kid, of their own volition wants to follow to play for that coach at wherever it is they are going, there's nothing wrong with that. I have seen no evidence that he has tried to pilfer the Vandy class. Every decommit I've seen has said they wanted to play for him and it was their decision to switch schools.

StevePerry
StevePerry

@WilliamHorton James Franklin recruited those kids to play for James Franklin.  They aren't property of Vanderbilt University.  Why is it a surprise that they wan to follow the guy they signed up to play for?

Wesley11
Wesley11

@mnvols 

I haven't seen Vandy play in a long time, but I grew up in Nashville and my grandfather, while an LSU guy, lived nearby and was a doctor so he had a love of the SEC's best medical school and often got tickets to the game for the whole family. I saw a lot of Vanderbilt football growing up and have a special place for them in my own heart to this day. I may not get to see them much anymore, but I was certainly happy to see all that Coach Franklin did for them. It was nice to see them be something other than a 2-10 doormat for while and I hope that their success continues for some time to come!

jworsr1
jworsr1

@PatrickHenry@MichaelKevilleYou, too, have a point, PatrickHenry ~ at the top of your head!


"Coach Poach" is cute, but nothing more.....  His recruits were following his leadership and football philosophy ~ his recruits are football players, he wasn't recruiting for MENSA.....


If Vanderbilt is such an academic mecca, why isn't it #1 on the US News and World Report? 


You are suffering from a severe case of envy ~ a bitter taste that burns the tongue and dulls the senses.....


May I suggest a tablespoon of sugar???