Vanderbilt Coach Apologizes for Comments

What the coach said that backfired in his attempt at humor.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Probably the worst thing about being in a position where your every word is scrutinized, is that, well, your every word is scrutinized. For people with jobs that put them in the media cross-hairs to this degree, like practically anyone involved with football from the college level up, this can mean always having to watch what you say at every given moment.

Unfortunately, as most people can attest to, sometimes something comes out of your mouth that can be taken the wrong way. Such is the predicament that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin finds himself currently in.

Franklin, who only as recently as 2011 became the head coach at Vanderbilt, was doing an interview with Nashville's 104.5 earlier this week when he went a little off course when talking about his hiring process in regards to assistant coaches.

"I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I've seen his wife.” Franklin said. “If she looks the part, and she's a D-1 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 woman, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him."

Apparently said in with a heavy dose of humorous intent, many people didn't take too kindly to Franklin's statement that he checks out the wives of any potential hire. The backlash over these comments by the second year coach even caused Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams to issue a statement saying that they discussed ''how inappropriate and offensive'' Franklin's comments were ''no matter his state of mind or intent.''

Franklin, in his own defense, later took to the one place everyone takes to, Twitter, to explain and issue an apology. Here are a series of Tweets he sent.

My foot doesn't taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget 2 #AnchorDown

Franklin later tweeted that his attempt at humor: "fell a few yds short. Was speaking to the courage it takes 4 men 2 approach the women who become their wives!!!!!''

"I clearly used language that doesn't reflect my views on women and I am SORRY!'' he added.

The 40-year-old Franklin led the Vanderbilt Commodores to the Liberty Bowl in his first season as head coach but the team lost six of eight conference games and finished with an overall 6-7 record.

This leads some to surmise that maybe his theory on men with hot wives making good coaches should extend to the mothers of recruits as well, because, hey, if they are hot, then the kids have the built in self esteem and the proper attitude, right?

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