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James Franklin tells fan he will call his boss so he can attend Vanderbilt opener

James-Franklin-assistants-hot-wivesVanderbilt football coach James Franklin has a tremendous sense of humor. He is one of the funnier coaches in sports to follow on Twitter, but he clearly wasn’t joking when he offered to call a fan’s boss on Tuesday.

The Vanderbilt alum, who goes by the Twitter handle @jrdavis75, sent a tweet complaining about how he is a season ticket holder and his boss would not let him have the night off for Vandy’s home opener against Ole Miss. Franklin caught wind of the dilemma and offered to help.

This is the same James Franklin who pretended to make out with one of his own players and said he would only hire assistant coaches who met this controversial criteria, so we have no doubt he would actually do something quirky like this. The question is will the boss be star struck by Franklin’s phone call or pissed that his employee tried to manipulate him. Hopefully the former is true.

H/T Clay Travis

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players charged with raping unconscious woman

Four former Vanderbilt football players have been charged with raping an unconscious woman, police said on Friday, per The Tennesseean.

The four men — 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg, 19-year-old Brandon Eric Banks, 18-year-old JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, and 19-year-old Kevin Batey — were each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, a junior college transfer from Palm Desert, Calif., was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography, The Tennessean reports. Vandenburg held a 4.0 GPA at College of the Desert, and boasted in his Twitter bio about being an honors student.

Batey was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood draw. Police were trying to locate the other three.

Police say the four men raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room on June 23. Per The Tennesseean, police first learned of the matter after university officials checked a hallway security camera in an unrelated incident and saw suspicious behavior by the four men.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players in June and kicked them off campus after learning that police were investigating the incident.

Vanderbilt OL coach Herb Hand calls out fan who insulted his wife on Twitter

Herb-Hand-VanderbiltVanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand recently got a first-hand look at the negative side of Twitter recently when an idiotic Tennessee fan sent him a nasty tweet about his wife. The tweet has since been deleted, but Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage took note of the exchange.

“dude I think your wife is f—ing someone while you coach your pathetic football team. #slut,” a Tennessee fan named Julian who uses the handle @JulianBucio reportedly tweeted at Hand.

The Vols fan sent several derogatory tweets at Hand but that was the worst of it and the one that annoyed Hand to the point where he felt the need to respond.

“Feel free to come by anytime so we can talk about this in person like men,” Hand wrote. “You are welcome to come to my office so we can discuss this face to face…I fully welcome the opportunity.”

Hand also felt the need to let Tennessee coach Butch Jones know what one of his fans had said. He tweeted a screen shot of a text he sent to the Vols coach after receiving the tweet from Julian.

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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:

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