David Climer: Tennessee-Vanderbilt is a rivalry because of James Franklin

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin talks with quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin talks with quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels (6) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Gotta disagree with James Franklin on this one.

Of course, Vanderbilt-Tennessee is a rivalry.

Why? Because of James Franklin.

Yes, you can argue that one team has to beat another more than twice in 30 years to maintain a rivalry. Point taken.

Cue Franklin: “People call it a rivalry. I don’t think it’s at that point yet. It hasn’t been as competitive as it needs to be to be considered a rivalry at this point.”

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OrangePride writes:

First, most Vol fans don't dislike Franklin because of last year's win. It's because he can often act like a thin-skinned jerk and has this sense of arrogance that, in spite of his better than average record, he has not yet earned the right to. But we will see how the VOLS do this time. Based on the last three performances, this looks more like a Dooley team than the one that beat USC and played Georgia to a standoff. As a result, Vandy will come in here fully believing it's got a very winnable game. But which Tennessee team will we see? The one who showed up for Auburn or the one who showed up for Georgia and USC? The jury is out, but if it's the former then close down the hot dog stand. However,my own opinion is that if we can avoid turnovers (Vandy has feasted on those to win at least three games) and keep Matthews from having another career day, we have a good chance to put that anchor right down on Franklin's foot! So let's suit up and get it on!! GO VOLS!

UTANDNOBAMA writes:

Hide the women and children when Vandy comes to town. Literally.

Volborn writes:

Lets be truthful David. Tennessee and Vandy's rivalry was not awakened because Vandy hired Franklin, it was because Hamilton hired Dooley. It isn't like Vandy jumped up to the top of the East to challenge Tennessee, but Tennessee dropped to the cellar to anchor down with Vandy.

FWBVol writes:

The two previous coaches UT has hired had no history with Tennessee and really couldn't emphasize how much winning the Vandy game was important. Vanderbilt's only note to Kiffin or Dooley was it was a conference game. I think they lost the edge in the state dominance we as fans expect of the Vols.

I believe Butch Jones gets it and we will see a better team against Vandy on Saturday. Yes, the last three games have been brutal, but this schedule is the most daunting I've seen is my 45 years of following the Vols. Having a freshman quarterback without the right pieces around him has made things difficult, but I still think good things are ahead for the program.

OrangePride writes:

in response to FWBVol:

The two previous coaches UT has hired had no history with Tennessee and really couldn't emphasize how much winning the Vandy game was important. Vanderbilt's only note to Kiffin or Dooley was it was a conference game. I think they lost the edge in the state dominance we as fans expect of the Vols.

I believe Butch Jones gets it and we will see a better team against Vandy on Saturday. Yes, the last three games have been brutal, but this schedule is the most daunting I've seen is my 45 years of following the Vols. Having a freshman quarterback without the right pieces around him has made things difficult, but I still think good things are ahead for the program.

Good post FWB. I remember reading the book about General Neyland some years back and it suggested that the one big charge given him by the UT administration was "to go beat Vanderbilt." Previously, Vanderbilt had owned the series and it was unacceptable! That's how important it has been to win this game historically. Kiffen disrespected our traditions and only cared about USC. He was a horrible fit and total loser as his performance at USC underscores. Dooley....well, a good man, but he just plain didn't get it. Last year the fire was out and he was totally out of gas by the Vandy game, hence the result. I also agree that CBJ does get it, and he embraces all of our traditions. He is truly a breath of fresh air in that regard. I see some big time receivers and linemen coming in this next class, so we should be better offensively next year. Hurd alone will add the power running back which we haven't had in some time. So, I'm with you.....let's restore order and show Vanderbilt WE'RE TENNESSEE! (And just BTW, don't come waltzing in here all high and mighty because you won one game.) GO VOLS!

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