James Franklin came to Vanderbilt and immediately set the tone for the 2011 season. His teams were going to outwork their opponents and be physical in every game they approached last fall.
Above all, Franklin set the tone that he and his team were not going to back down from anyone, much less a fight when it presented itself.
So, in week seven, Franklin stood up to one of the SEC’s best defensive coordinators in Todd Grantham during a post-game altercation at midfield.
The best part of the game was not the 33-28 score or the no-quit attitude of the Commodores, but instead the altercation between Grantham and Franklin. The two had to be separated by police before heading to the locker room while their teams stood around with their jaws dropped.
Here is video from the post-game altercation:
Afterword, during the post game press conference, Franklin had a few other observations regarding his nice chat with Grantham:
Yesterday, Franklin was asked about the altercation and what he will say to Grantham next time he runs into him:
“Well actually, I think our coaches have run across each other in Georgia a bunch and had some good conversations,” Franklin said. “But to me, again, I’m a very emotional, passionate guy. This is personal to me. But on the same hand I’m a guy who once things happen I move on. I have tremendous respect for coach Richt and that program. I have respect for coach Grantham as well and what he’s trying to do. I think coach Grantham was trying to do everything he could to support his players and show them that he had his back. And I was doing the same. And those things happen from time to time.”
And while Franklin (and Grantham, I’m sure) will tell you he has the utmost respect for his opponents, this is all coach speak. You can bet your boots that Franklin has the next Georgia game circled on his calendar.