James Franklin on Tennessee’s Celebration: They’re Acting Like They Won the Super Bowl
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin heard about Tennessee’s locker room celebration Saturday, and he’s not happy about it. The Vols beat state rival Vandy 27-21 in overtime, and coach Derek Dooley celebrated by saying the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the **** out of Vandy. Franklin said on Monday that he had heard about the video, but that he hadn’t seen it. He also said it reflected poorly on Tennessee rather than Vanderbilt.
“We’ll talk about it next year – a lot,” Franklin said. “We’ll talk about it as much as you guys want to talk about it next year. We’ll watch it as many times as we’ve got to watch it next year. That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal. We’ll leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year.
“I look at it as respect. Some people act like they won the Super Bowl and they beat a team that the two previous years had won four games total. Obviously, we are closing the gap and threatening some people and making some people uncomfortable. We’ll see. We’ll leave it at that. We’ll move on. But we’ll have a lot of discussion about this next year when the time is right.”
It’s a great response from Franklin who obviously is upset with the video. Dooley’s speech wasn’t intended to reach the public, but it did. Now he has to realize that Vandy will have extra motivation for their game next season.
Here is a video of Franklin’s response via Outkick the Coverage: