Closely followed by:
Not surprised that someone actually looked into this. We are Big Brother.
No flyover smoke signals?
Cable channels can say/do anything. The FCC only deals with over-the-air broadcasts for both TV and radio. The only limitations are self-imposed in order to attract and maintain advertising revenue.
According to the Internetz, this ran in Nashville's paper and after key recruits followed Franklin to Penn State, so I have an inkling that today's paper is going to be used largely as kindling to start some fireplace fires when the next blast of cold air comes to the Eastern US in the middle of next week. One commenter on SI had this to say:
"Maybe he can get Penn State to schedule temas like Elon, Presbyterian and Austin Peay like he did at Vanderbilt so he can rack up meaningless wins there too."
Yeah, the Vandy "miracle" turnaround doesn't look quite as incredible when you look at how soft their schedules were.
He got Vandy to play harder than I've ever seen and have the confidence, even arrogance, of a winner. This is Vanderbilt we are talking about. I call the turnaround a real feat. Franklin is a great coach and will make trips to the Happy Valley that much harder.
If the SEC East weren't down and he weren't playing the likes of Elon out of conference, he'd still be in Vandy right now, probably with a .500 or so record. He went something like 2-11 against winning SEC teams.
I think he was a decent hire but I'm not convinced he's an upgrade over Bill O'Brien, which you seem to be implying.
wins are wins...not sure how you can try and take the fact that the guy won at freaking Vanderbilt away
There is validity to both sides here. Winning at Vandy has proven historically very difficult. At the same time, to have both Florida and Tennessee down (when was the last time both posted losing records in the same season?) was certainly helpful to their cause. I don't see a lot of signature wins on his résumé. Maybe they'll come - we'll see.
To be fair, If I coached Vady, I'd do the same thing.
"I have an inkling that today's paper is going to be used largely as kindling to start some fireplace fires"
This is literally the only reason I get the Sunday paper.
I figured that you did it to check frozen orange juice futures.
I get those from the gorilla.
You assume that anyone in Nashville cares about Vanderbilt.
It's pretty common for pro players/coaches or anyone with a connection to a city and a lot of money to do this when they take a new job. I see it as a nice gesture
If he would've paid for it by himself. That's sort of the point of the outrage, that PSU paid for it; a point that is made in the title.
Also, Franklin just raided the crap out of Vandy's recruiting class. That's not unusual for a coach changing jobs, of course, but makes this gesture rather dickish - "Yeah, it's been swell, but now I have ALL OF THE RECRUITS! Good for me! Sucks for you!"
It does make it obvious that it's purely a cheesy pr move. If he had paid for it himself, it at least could have appeared as sincere.
"Anchor down, except for me. I'm pulling anchor and out of here!"
Seriously. Stay there. Forever.
By (barely) beating two down teams in the SEC in Tennessee and Georgia and pwning Muschamp's Florida I am now a hot commodity in coaching. I'm off to replace the replacement of a now tarnished legend.
Suck it Vanderbilt; but know that as a fanbase your generalized malaise is far preferable to these blindly faithful revisionist sycophants here in State College.
blindly faithful revisionist sycophants... that about covers it.
It was an awesome few months.
I know I talked often about settling down, but I didn't mean with you personally.
I wish nothing but the best for you in the future. Good luck finding another guy who will tolerate your friends.
With love, Me
*this ad paid for by new, hotter girlfriend from a rich family
Dick move to have PSU pay for the ad, but Vandy is not a poor family. With less than a third of the number of students, their endowment is double PSU's endowment.
It's an analogy...their football history is poor compared to Penn State's
I get it.
I travel to Nashville often and stay by the campus, a veritable botanical garden in the heart of a modern southern city.
Vandy has just built a very nice new field house partially due to Franklin's success. Their stadium is a joke...just not what you would expect in most major colleges. On every other level, except for their history in football, the school has a lot to offer. Great academics, drop dead gorgeous campus located in a fun city (a hell of a lot more going on in Nashville than the cow pasture that is State College) and a member of a top notch football conference. Then there are all those southern hotties sipping mint juleps under those magnolia trees.
If they can get the right coach and want to spend some money, there is really no reason why they couldn't be competiive with at least mid-level SEC teams.
No school deserves such a douche coach quite like a program that thinks it was the scorned party after repeated child molestations. Looking forward to him falling on his face. BOB left at the best time possible.
What is the problem? It was obviously Franklin who got PSU to pay for this. He may have even included it in the job negotiations. I am not a Franklin fan, but my guess is that he is actually grateful to the Vanderbuilt community, and props to him for getting his new employer to pay the cost of letting them know.
Playing devil's advocate, I don't understand all the outrage at PSU. Why isn't Notre Dame sanctioned for killing a kid? Why isn't USC sanctioned for OJ Simpson's life decisions? If you're going to do it for one school, then you should do it for all the other schools. I hate PSU with a passion too.
The USC analogy is a huge reach - OJ's crimes happened decades after he left school. Should we be vilified for the Unabomber?
The ND thing is closer, but still, it seems pretty clear that it was a horrible accident.
PSU knew about Sandusky and continued to give him access to the program, which is unbelievable. They deserve every bit of the criticism headed their way. I don't think they've gotten enough. Their fanbase certainly isn't very remorseful.
That is kinda unfair...a half dozen people at PSU knew about Sandusky and they are either dead, in jail, being sued or awaiting trial.
We know about more than a half dozen who knew. Two janitors, their supervisor, McQueary. If they were afraid to speak up, why should we think they were the only ones who didn't? They witnessed or were aware of incidents from 1998-2002. Sandusky was there his entire adult life. I'd be shocked if there weren't more witnesses, plus many more people who had some idea of what he was doing, including more than just the four who were above him.
Did USC give OJ unfettered access to a knife collection after a GA caught him stabbing someone in the shower?
The guys above me explained why Fuck Penn St. pretty well, so here's this:
You're not playing 'devil's advocate' you're just dumber than rocks.
that is almost as bad as "bear down" (arizona) -- and both sound like euphemisms for crapping.
So I know that this is something Vanderbilt fans say, but doesn't he realize how ridiculous that sounds in this context? Does he understand why ships use anchors?
You mean it's not so they can set sail to the next port?
What about the numerous rapes that occur accross college football every year? Why isn't Notre Dame sanctioned for covering up their rape. What about Ohio State?
Our past not squeaky clean either. I think many people know what I'm referring to, so I'll leave at that.
Rape culture in college football and how it is sometimes covered up to protect talented players is indeed shameful. Penn State, though, knowingly allowed the systematic molestation of children to continue for years. We should not allow our unforgivable tolerance of the former to blind us to the horror of the latter and prevent us from punishing the perpretrators and I am truly sorry if you do not understand this.