Vanderbilt coach James Franklin can teach a good backpedal.
Speaking on a Nashville radio station Thursday, Franklin said that he takes the attractiveness of a man’s wife into consideration before hiring him as an assistant coach.
Franklin likely was trying to provide good radio, but it wasn’t a laughing matter for everyone. That’s why Franklin – who will enter his second year as Vandy’s coach – offered his apologies on Twitter. Here are his five consecutive tweets from later Thursday in the order in which they were tweeted.
“My foot doesn’t taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don’t forget 2 #AnchorDown”
“Attempt at humor obviously fell a few yds short. Was speaking to the courage it takes 4 men 2 approach the women who become their wives!!!!!”
“If a man can convince the women of his dreams 2 marry him,he can probably do just about anything,that type of confidence along w/ coaching”
“Skills is what I am looking 4.As a husband & father of 2 daughters I regret the way I conveyed my message!”
“I clearly used language that doesn’t reflect my views on women and I am SORRY!”
It looks like Franklin has admitted that he still correlates a hot wife with a coach who is good at recruiting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he actually uses that criteria as a hiring practice.
We didn’t think so. Franklin probably was just having some fun on the radio with the comments, which seem as if they were said in jest.