James Franklin's confidence rubbing off on Vandy

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin directs his players during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Franklin has 19 starters, including all 11 on offense, from a team that went 2-10 in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin directs his players during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Franklin has 19 starters, including all 11 on offense, from a team that went 2-10 in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, throws during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, throws during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith throws during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith throws during NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — James Franklin is young and exuberant, and his confidence is rubbing off on the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Senior linebacker Chris Marve says their third head coach in as many seasons is younger than what the Commodores have been used to in recent years with first Bobby Johnson, then Robbie Caldwell last season. That age difference is helping Franklin connect with the Commodores as he pitches his plan to turn the Southeastern Conference's worst team into winners.

Franklin says he and his assistants know exactly what they've signed up for in choosing to come to Vanderbilt.

The SEC's only private school has one bowl victory since 1955 and only one winning record since 1982, and the Commodores had to win the 2008 Music City Bowl to do that.

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OrangePride writes:

Well, I wish Vandy well in all their games but one. That said, confidence and feeling good about yourself generally runs high this time of year. Let's see if it is maintained once they start their SEC schedule. And OBTW? No one here in Knoxville would object if they beat Florida! GO VOLS!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say good! Witch Doctor say it more fun when they REAAAALLLLLY disappointed afterward. Witch Doctor drink their preppy tears.
Bones never lie.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Nothing like youthful optimism. Remember the coming (and sad departure) of Watson Brown?

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

Little brother needs to be put in his place.

drgreear writes:

Vandy and James Franklin need to remember their place in the SEC and realize that they're terrible, they've always been terrible, and they always will be terrible! That being said Cantstandsaban needs to shut the heck up

chattavfl86 writes:

Im leaving nashville right now and headed home to chattanooga and couldn't be happier. Funny thing is that while up here I never heard one local talk about vandy ball but several discussing the vols. Must still just be something within the program, and I doubt it will spread bc vandy will always be vandy and no coach will ever change that.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

Im leaving nashville right now and headed home to chattanooga and couldn't be happier. Funny thing is that while up here I never heard one local talk about vandy ball but several discussing the vols. Must still just be something within the program, and I doubt it will spread bc vandy will always be vandy and no coach will ever change that.

I think until Vandy starts winning, the attitude will always remain the same around here. What's funny - even if he does do well here, he'll only get recruited to coach elsewhere. Vandy is either a coaching stepping stone or a coaching graveyard.

OrangePride writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say good! Witch Doctor say it more fun when they REAAAALLLLLY disappointed afterward. Witch Doctor drink their preppy tears.
Bones never lie.

LOLOL!! You're killing me Witchy! Killin me.

Prostar writes:

When we were on our third coach in as many years there was nothing but doom and gloom in the local (KNS) paper. But for Vandy there is optimism. Vandy will win some games, they will be in some games early but will eventually lose because they haven't learned how to win. To have a killer instinct. We didn't have that during some of the Fulmer years but we're getting that back. We've got better athletes, better coaches and better facilities. We're just plain better.

thetrollhunter writes:

I'm confident they're stuck as cellar dwellers.

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

Vandy v.:

Elon: Win
Uconn: Loss
Ole Miss: Loss
South Carolina: Loss
Alabama: Loss
Army: Loss
Florida: Loss
Kentucky: Loss
Tennessee: Loss
Wake Forest: Loss

By my count that's 1-10. 2-9 would be surprising. Don't see this changing any time soon unless they are willing to dumb down their academic standards.

VOLliven2it writes:

No problem with a young enthusiastic coach bringing it at this time of year. But...football is yet to be played. Even if they lose but go and play their hearts out, that's all that can be asked. But for Vandy to be a contender, well that is entirely another level that no one before Coach Frank has been able to deliver. The jury is out deliberating what he will do. We don't know but this we do know, history is not on his side in support. Wait and see. Personally, I am glad to see them get a few quality players. But until they whip the Vols on a regular basis, it will be same old. Looking forward to SEC and College football in general. GO BIG ORANGE!

keepitreal4vols writes:

The media has a love fest with Vandy, never seen so much press for a 1-10 team. Reality is all these commitments won't have the grades or test scores to get into Vandy.

givehim6 writes:

Well a least they have hope. look up guys UK may have a better season then Vandy but you guys have a better record aginst us, I mean Vandy did beat us in the 2000's, once, under Phil, in a down year. That's something positive right? Well no it is not, never mind.

TommyJack writes:

The seasoned fan has heard all this before.

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

I think until Vandy starts winning, the attitude will always remain the same around here. What's funny - even if he does do well here, he'll only get recruited to coach elsewhere. Vandy is either a coaching stepping stone or a coaching graveyard.

I think vandy would just be better served to be in a conference they can win in. They aren't set up for success in the sec. Ut has a hard enough time recruiting, and we are a "traditional power". Vandy has to compete with that, plus their high standards academically. You don't have to be in a power conference to make the ncaa tournament in baseball or basketball but to succeed in football you can't hamstring yourself by constantly playing above your head. The only reason they stay in the sec is to cash that big tv check

CrankE writes:

"James Franklin's confidence rubbing off on Vandy."

So this year confidence is rubbing off instead of being injected like it was last year. The conference trembles in fear, I'm sure.

jimr07 writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

I think vandy would just be better served to be in a conference they can win in. They aren't set up for success in the sec. Ut has a hard enough time recruiting, and we are a "traditional power". Vandy has to compete with that, plus their high standards academically. You don't have to be in a power conference to make the ncaa tournament in baseball or basketball but to succeed in football you can't hamstring yourself by constantly playing above your head. The only reason they stay in the sec is to cash that big tv check

They need to be in the SAT conference along with Dook, Toolane, SMU, TCU, Rice, Northwestern, and one or two other privates schools. Only problem is that no one would go to the games.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

I think vandy would just be better served to be in a conference they can win in. They aren't set up for success in the sec. Ut has a hard enough time recruiting, and we are a "traditional power". Vandy has to compete with that, plus their high standards academically. You don't have to be in a power conference to make the ncaa tournament in baseball or basketball but to succeed in football you can't hamstring yourself by constantly playing above your head. The only reason they stay in the sec is to cash that big tv check

Bingo! The administration there doesn't care whether or not they win or lose in football... they just want there payday. Kind of like those receiving welfare checks while driving around in BMW's.

FWBVol writes:

I guess it's about time for CSS to come on here and tell us how Vandy won 25 more games in the big three sports last year than we did. As a preemptive strike I'm going to point out that UT and Vandy had the same number of combined wins in football and basketball, and that Vandy's advantage came thanks to baseball. And nobody should doubt that Dave Serrano will get the baseball situation back on track sooner than later.

Colliervol writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

Bingo! The administration there doesn't care whether or not they win or lose in football... they just want there payday. Kind of like those receiving welfare checks while driving around in BMW's.

Exactly. Sitting by the mailbox every spring waitin' on the check.

Colliervol writes:

in response to Damons_Facile_Runion:

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Getting the upper hand on in-state recruiting in Tennessee only makes you the tallest midget in the midget parade. (Same thing as being a "good hire" at Vandy. The bar isn't real high.) Ain't nobody making a living recruiting in this state. It's what happens outside the state that counts for UT. And that is a historical fact.

As far as any Vandy coach shortening anybody's tenure, that ain't happening either. Bama, Florida, LSU or Georgia might shorten his tenure but not the Commode Doors. Best laugh I've had today.

zman44 writes:

It's funny the level of venom against a school with "no athletic department" and that "doesn't belong in the SEC." Let's get something straight. Vandy, in overall men's sports, is superior to UT at the present time. Capital 1 standings for the last calendar year. In fact, Vandy came in around #25...and the Vols around #50. You guys act like UT is on top of the SEC. You're barely better than UK and Vandy in football. Blah blah blah. Remember who you are Vol fans...a baseball team who got beaten at Vandy by a combined score of 39-5. A basketball program that will be on reduced scholarships and possibly a post-season and television ban. A football team that hasn't been relevant in 10 years. You guys are like Colorado...a proud program 20 years ago who is now happy when they get a 2-star recruit out of their own back yard. Bottom line: "SOV" on UT boards now stands for "Scared of Vandy". Vandy may be at the bottom of the pack this year, but UT is much closer to Vandy than they are to SC or Florida.

And if Vandy left the conference and FSU came in, do you not realize that you would then be fighting UK to stay out of last place in the East? Perhaps you should think about such things. Enjoy another 6-6 season ending with a Bowl loss...

You guys are like the Nationals talking smack to the Marlins...

Howdy_Dooley writes:

Speaking of midgets, I think I just stumbled upon a convention of mental ones.

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