NASHVILLE — When James Franklin began his coaching career in 1996, he started keeping a loose-leaf notebook filled with general observations and how his mentors handled specific situations.
It has grown over the years. Some of the notebook deals with football strategy, but most of it focuses on off-field issues, everything from recruiting to assembling a coaching staff to academic oversight.
While there are references to damage control, it’s safe to say there is nothing in there to prepare Franklin for the current situation at Vanderbilt. He is in uncharted territory.
Like they say, there is no manual for this. Nothing in Franklin’s background, either as an assistant coach or in his two seasons as a head coach, has prepared him for it. Frankly, no coach is ready for this.
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