James Franklin wants assistant coaches with hot wives

By Adam Kramer   May. 31, 2012

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has helped change the philosophy of the school’s football team seemingly overnight. New facilities, better players and an overall attitude shift have helped make them a force in the SEC.

Want to be a part of this movement and help Franklin take his team to the promise land by joining his staff? Applicants beware; it’s more than just your resumé and background check he will be looking at.

Speaking with 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Franklin described an integral part of his hiring process. Yep, you guessed it. Assistants must have smokin’ hot wives.

“I’ve been saying it for a long time; I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife,” Franklin said.  ”If she looks the part and she’s a D1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.  There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”

We apologize to all the average wives out there on Franklin’s behalf, but this is rather wonderful. And if you had any questions on whether Vanderbilt really belonged in the SEC, I imagine those thoughts were just destroyed and lit on fire.

[h/t Coaching Search, Image via Holy Turf]

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    1. 5/31/12

      Julius Hodge has contacted Coach Franklin to inform him that he should interview Jim Boeheim.


    2. Steve
      5/31/12

      Helps make them “relative” in the SEC? Do you have an editor?

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    4. The Rouge Element
      5/31/12

      Really? And the Atheletic Director is okay with this policy? No wonder Vandy sucks!!!


    5. Ed
      5/31/12

      Vandy is the douche of the SEC…looks like they have a new string!


    6. joe
      5/31/12

      Ahhh…Now I see why Maryland let him out of his contract as coach in waiting and let him take this job. This is one problem the Terps did not need. LOL


    7. Paul
      5/31/12

      Take a look at their media guide. The coaches’ family photos show his standard for hotness is pretty low.


    8. siouxfan
      5/31/12

      ED, I am willing to bet your not smart enough to get accepted to Vanderbilt!


    9. tom maynard
      6/1/12

      Wow, all the great teams and coaches had it worng all these years, now you have to have a smokin hot wife in order to be part of the coaching staff (really)
      Cant wait to see how this works out.


    10. marc
      6/1/12

      siouxfan, I know YOU’RE not smart enough to use the proper form of the word YOU’RE in YOUR post. And you have the nerve to question another person’s intelligence. That’s hilarious!


    11. Effingham Hoofnagle
      6/1/12


    12. firstlast
      6/1/12

      Illegal hiring practices by the head coach. What happens if the individual is not married…again more illegal hiring practices based upon discrimination. Have fun with this one Vandy.


    13. Steve
      6/1/12

      Well, now follow my thought process…Vandy gets federal dollars, Vandy coach says you must have a smoking hot wife, gay men do not have wives (smoking hot or not), coach has established an automatic case for discrimination due to sexual orientation…next step – “Hi Coach Franklin, I’m from the Justice Department, EEO Commission, Office of Civil Rights – take your pick – and I’m here to help you (translation – to relieve your University and Conference of a whole lot of money).” Just how stupid can one person be?


    14. Dave
      6/1/12

      Let’s see Q Ball James Franklin’s wife.


    15. Annette
      6/1/12

      What an a hole!!!! has he taken a look at himself. Does he have the confidence to look in a mirror???? Just sayin….. Makes me wonder if he had a mother.


    16. mike hunt
      6/1/12

      this is got to be one of the stupidest things i have ever read..is this creep going to be checking on the daughter attractiveness next..i bet he loses his job as he should within a week..creep city


    17. 6/1/12

      does the wife have to blow him for her husband to get the job?


    18. Bullwinkle
      6/1/12

      http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/2011_fb_coaches.pdf

      The above link has pictures of his staff and their wifes. None of them are ugly but they also aren’t super models. Its is obvious he was joking and it is also painfully obvious it was in very poor taste and a very bad idea. I hope he is a good coach because he is a horrible comedian.


    19. Gary
      6/2/12

      Sorry Franklin, but Lane Kiffin is already a HEAD coach of USC. If you saw his smokin’ hot wife, you’d hire him on the spot. But Lane would never go from the penthouse to the outhouse.


    20. MarkNWhiteBluff
      6/4/12

      Have any of you, of the PC crowd, taken time to listen to the interview or read Clay Travis comments regarding the entire interview? Clay, of 3HL, said they were joking before, during and after the interview … That’s the beginning and end of it. Some of you just surf the web to search and destroy those you feel offend you without looking any further … Pathetic.

    21. [...] Vanderbilt is building a hill for more seating for their football stadium this season. The plan is to make it like a berm on a baseball field. This is a pretty weak move for an SEC school in my opinion. They should at least build some bleachers or something instead of just hill side seating. I’m sure James Franklin, the head coach of Vanderbilt, wants his stadium to be as loud as possible but at least do it right. This comes right after James Franklin admitted to scouting out  his assistant coaches wives. [...]

    22. [...] I hire guys with hot wives. [...]

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