Vandy coach: No need to see video of Vols boasting

Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear (39) receives congratulatory helmet slaps from his teammates, including Chase White (73), after kicking the winning extra point in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Vanderbilt won 27-26. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear (39) receives congratulatory helmet slaps from his teammates, including Chase White (73), after kicking the winning extra point in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Vanderbilt won 27-26. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin reacts to a call during an NCAA college football game against Mississippi on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) NO SALES  MANDATORY CREDIT

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin reacts to a call during an NCAA college football game against Mississippi on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin carries the team's mascot, Commodore, to the locker room following Vanderbilt's 27-26 win over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin carries the team's mascot, Commodore, to the locker room following Vanderbilt's 27-26 win over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Apparently time does heal, even in college football. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin insists he's matured dramatically from a year ago.

That's when Franklin promised to keep video of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley boasting how the Vols always beat the Commodores as an open wound until they met again. Now the Commodores are bowl eligible for a second straight year for the first time in Vanderbilt history, while Dooley's job status at Tennessee is precarious at best.

So Franklin said Monday he won't be showing the video.

"We shouldn't need any other motivational techniques or sources," Franklin said.

The video taken inside Tennessee's locker room got out hours after the Commodores lost a game had four turnovers and were upset that Eric Gordon returned an interception 90 yards for the winning touchdown despite a whistle Vanderbilt thought should have stopped the play.

"I don't think Vanderbilt needs a lot of motivation to want to come whip us," Dooley said. "I'm sure they have plenty of motivation, they don't need that. I can't take that back."

The Volunteers (4-6, 0-6) do believe Vanderbilt has more incentive to beat them Saturday night.

Vanderbilt has not beaten the Vols in Nashville since 1982 — also the last season the Commodores posted a winning record in the regular season. Now the Commodores are favored to do both at the expense of the team that has dominated this instate rivalry while also improving their bowl prospects.

"They were kind of mad about the little video they saw on YouTube and stuff like that," Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James said. "It's going to be a pretty good game."

Vanderbilt is coming off a 27-26 road win at Mississippi after rallying from 17 down in the second half. The Commodores now have three SEC road wins and a victory Saturday night would be their first five-game winning streak since a 5-0 start to 2008. It also would be their first five-game winning streak into November since 1982.

That may be why Franklin said his Commodores need to focus on themselves, doing their job and getting better. Franklin said he respects Tennessee, their tradition, history and fan base.

"Our focus is on Vanderbilt and getting better. We've been trying to get better ever since the day we arrived on campus. If we need any other type of motivation or things like that, then our focus isn't where it needs to be," Franklin said.

The Commodores are busy following their coach's lead. Jordan Rodgers did discuss the last play of that loss to Tennessee and said he feels his performance dictated the end, which will not happen again.

"I've grown a lot from last season with my decision-making with the ball," Rodgers said. "So whenever you put your team in a situation with four turnovers and still have a chance to win in overtime that speaks a lot to the defense. And I think we've shown this year we can come back from adversity. I'm excited about our opportunity."

Franklin took time out of celebrating the win at Ole Miss to send a tweet imploring Vandy students to change their Thanksgiving plans and be in the stadium for the final home game. School officials emailed a note to students reminding them that dormitories will stay open until Sunday so they can stick around for the game.

The coach said he may go around campus using a bullhorn and toss rocks at windows to alert students they need their support in one of the hurtles they're still working on since he arrived. Franklin said he told many people unsure if they could attend Vandy's bowl game that they shouldn't be making plans anymore.

"Same thing with Thanksgiving. You shouldn't be going home for Thanksgiving. We have a game ...," Franklin said. "That's going to be very, very important. I want people to make that a part of their plans and if they already have plans to go home, change them. Change your plans to be here instead."

The Commodores hope to give their fans something worth recording.

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AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tenn., contributed to this report.

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stevefrommemphis writes:

At least the weather will be better than it was when Vanderbilt won in 1982. It rained most of the game that day.

stevefrommemphis writes:

If I remember correctly, Vandy asked for the weeks of the Kentucky and Vandy vs Tennessee games to be switched a few years ago so that the game wouldn't be played on Thanksgiving weekend and more students would attend. Now it sounds like Vandy is giving students at least a full week of Thanksgiving vacation, so what was the point of switching the dates?

If I were in charge of the SEC, Auburn & Alabama would move to the SEC East, Missouri & Vandy would move to the SEC West, and Tennessee and Vandy would play each other every year in a game which would not count in the conference standings most years.

wazzya69vol writes:

Things have sure changed. Last year we won in OT and this year Vandy's favored. I never recall us being the underdogs. It's really sad when Vandy is our big game, and chance for our first SEC victory. Last year I thought Coach Franklin was a joke, threatening to "get us" next year in Nashville. Now I have to admit he's earned my respect. VFL, Wazzy

volfan1202 writes:

Goodbye Dooley... the sooner the better.

fullspectrumvol writes:

I really cannot believe what kind of sorry state our beloved Vols have shrunk to. Beating Vandy and Kentucky were never a question of if we would, but by how much we'd win. I read an email recently boasting of UT moving in on KY, Vandy, and assorted rejects from any major collegiate football program's recruits. We used to boast of taking Florida and Bama's recruits, only bring this up because this is the gravity of our fall from greatness. I'll never say I could do a better job than CDD, but there are a plethora of coaches out there who could. But honestly if we don't get a HUGE name to come to Knoxville, I think the damage by Mike Hamilton's boys Lame Kiffin and Clown pants Dooley has done to this program, we'll likely not see a return to greatness for at least 15 to 20 years. If not Gruden or someone similar, Vandy and Kentucky games will continue to be "if" we win games.

CrankE writes:

Franklin got torqued at last year's video. I wonder how mad he'll be if this underachieving UT team can come in and deny them a win at home?

MidTennVol writes:

"Hurtles?" Has American illiteracy among news organizations - for whom the English language is supposed to be the coin of the realm -- fallen so low that "hurtles" can now be used by a writer so shamelessly illiterate than he/she mistakes it for the word "hurdles?"

Oh my.

fearthehound writes:

in response to CrankE:

Franklin got torqued at last year's video. I wonder how mad he'll be if this underachieving UT team can come in and deny them a win at home?

Franklin did get torqued last year, but now he is showing a lot of maturity and respect for Tennessee's great tradition, etc. Wonder if the change in rhetoric indicates any possibilities of conversations with Hart? Hmm.

BigOrangeRock writes:

Flashback, he should had been fired for having the team lift him up in the air after a Vandy win.

Dave Hart is turning out to be a real Forest Gump.

ZMODS writes:

Very sad. Vandy has 4 conference wins this season. It's taken us 3 years to get 4 conference wins.
Vandy hasn't had a winning season in conference play since 82!!! Well, along with all of the other records Dooley has set, why not help Vandy break this one.

bigorangebolt writes:

What happens after the Vandy game, if we loose?Hart has not made a decision yet! If Hart, screws up this head coaching position, he should leave TN! We are UT! Go Vols!

BigOrangeRock writes:

Dooleave.

Pipe_Down_Otis writes:

If Bray is on, we'll win by 10-14 points. Vandy's secondary is weaker than last year.

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