James Franklin spoke to a high school in Macon, Georgia, as the special guest, and he took a moment to single out Nick Saban, saying, “You know that guy at Alabama Nicky Satan? I’m going to outwork him. That’s our plan every single day”.

Vanderbilt is coming off back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in history and finished the season ranked for the first time since 1948. There is a reason for optimism in Nashville.

Unfortunately Vandy and Alabama don’t play in 2013.

Updated:  Franklin called Nick Saban to apologize.  We knew it was all in good fun, but Franklin was a man about it via the Tennessean.

“Obviously, tremendous respect for Coach Saban,” Franklin said. “I just got off the phone with him. Tremendous respect for them. I’ve got tremendous respect for what they’ve done. Everybody is chasing them. The guy has won three or four national championships.

“(I was) really talking about the work ethic that he has a reputation for, and that we’re going to outwork them. I made a joke. And in today’s society with all the media and social media and people with tape recorders and things like that, that doesn’t come off that way. I know people have tremendous pride in Alabama, and their fans are fanatical. So I understand. But it was a joke and I didn’t mean to offend anybody.”

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