I love when we have double-dose content days in May. Thank you James Franklin. Just recently we caught up with noted Vandy blog Anchor of Gold to preview the ‘Cats-Vandy 2012 home season opener at Ryan Field. I’ve been a big fan of the work James Franklin has been doing to turnaround the program and have the Commodores poised for the breakthrough season in 2012 – until today. Several of you emailed me and since then have commented on this very story about James Franklin appearing on a local radio show and unabashedly talking about the need to see how attractive potential coach’s wives are. Apparently he sees unattractive wives as a sign of insecurity. Huh? Thank you for the recruiting trail fodder.
Several sites have posted the following quote from the radio interview from the 104.5 The Zone which occurred at the SEC media days in lovely Destin, Florida:
“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.” – James Franklin, 5/30/12
Wow. In fairness, the rest of the interview focused on the Moneyball approach to Vandy and taking perceived negatives/challenges like rigorous academics and turning them in to positives (sound familiar?). But, considering this is a “smart school” that was a pretty dumb thing to say. Isn’t the enlighted educated approach pulling from the cliche book of beauty being skin deep or being in the eye of the beholder? Wouldn’t an unattractive wife be something to show more confidence because it’s not just about looks? Damn, I’m getting sucked in to this nonsense.
In this day and age of every move and word being analyzed the shocking part of this story is the lack of apology. Franklin tweeted the following non-apology/apology 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
Northwestern’s recruiting strategy is in large part to standout by not engaging in negative recruiting. I’ve talked to several former and current players and this element, by Fitz in particular played a role in them committing to him and NU. Many schools use negative recruiting (ahem, Jim Harbaugh) tactics that are directed squarely at Northwestern when we are in the hunt. Fitz doesn’t “go there”. I can tell you that even the less than scrupulous SEC schools will be playing this up about the mom factor when they go head to head with Vandy, which has actually started to happen this year. And, let’s hope any Vandy/NU potential commits take pause and look at this as an eyebrow raising moment at the very least.
Jeremy Ebert is already getting quite the coverage in New England considering he was signed as a seventh round pick. You see stories like this and it just makes you so happy for Jeremy and the program. My east coast relatives have been feeding me this type of stuff regularly. Check out the glowing review of Jeremy here on WEEI, the megasports radio station in Beantown.
MJ, The Great One & KAH
Lots of folks in Chicago were emailing this David Haugh feature on Kelly Amonte Hiller around today. Haugh, a recent NU bandwagoner (love it) wrote that Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Eddie Vedder all reached out to KAH to wish her and the ‘Cats good luck at the Final Four. More importantly, Haugh updated coverage on Friends of Jaclyn inspirer, Jaclyn, the adopted former brain tumor patient who spurred a foundation that has inspired hundreds of college teams to adopt a child in need. Check out the piece here.
Hot Wives Or Not Club
Attractive wife? Unattractive wife? We don’t discriminate! We just want NEW Northwestern fans to buy season tickets. Today has been a great day as we have crossed the 20% mark thanks to “anonymous” from the class of ’94 who bought two season tickets and to Amber and Rob Z of get this…Nashville (good timing with the Franklin/Vandy piece) who bought four tickets and are donating them. Rob assures me his wife is very attractive, though. Got a fan conversion story to NEW season tickets? First time buyer? Adding to your allotment. Email me and tell me about it at email@example.com .
Purple Mafia Profiles…
IT’S BACK! Tomorrow we get back to a fan favorite feature with a prominent broadcaster who will offer up a chuckle or two with his interview. We’ve also got two more in the cue. Keep the connections rollin’….