Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin hasn't made any secret of his disdain for the way Tennessee celebrated its overtime victory over the Commodores. That video, which OKTC published for the first time, went viral and spawned something unique in the state -- an actual football rivalry.
Franklin referred to the loss and video celebration as an open wound in a press conference.
Fast forward several months to signing day, Vanderbilt notches its best recruiting class in school history and the school releases a well done video promoting the rise of its football program.
What did an astute Twitter observer already spot?
The Tennessee logo is upside down on the schedule posted on the wall 46 seconds in to the video.
Intentional trash talk or not, it's an entertaining video -- astute viewers may also note that my 3HL co-host Brent Dougherty and I are also visible later in the video -- we stopped by Vandy's war room on our way to the Super Bowl and Tweeted about it. I mention this because inevitably someone on a message board with an IQ of 70 will claim this is a huge secret.
Let this be a lesson to college coaches: you have the lost the battle to unfairly restrict student transfers.
Today Maryland coach Randy Edsall became the latest coach to be put through the transfer ringer. After insisting that he would not grant three players a full release from Maryland -- specifically he included restrictions on the players transfer to Vanderbilt because he believed James Franklin tampered with them, an allegation that Franklin denied on our radio show -- Edsall capitulated this morning.
Here was Edsall's statement:
“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision. At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures.
“As a program we are looking forward to putting this distraction behind us and to moving forward.”
These statements are always such complete crap.
It's always great when a coach puts a distraction that he created behind him so he can move forward. (Question: aren't we all moving forward even if we'd like to go backwards? That's how life works, right? No one, so far as I know it, has yet been able to reverse time. Has a coach ever said he'd like to go backwards? Would the world explode if this was in a press release?).
Edsall's capitulation -- following closely on the heels of Tennessee's Derek Dooley surrendering in the case of D'Anthony Arnett's transfer after initially bungling the situation -- is interesting because of what it tells us about the shifting power relationships in major college athletics.
Namely, the players have finally won a public relations battle. Fans and media are aligned in the belief that players should be able to transfer from one school to another without unreasonable restrictions. That is, coaches can restrict a player from going to another school in conference and to teams that are on future schedules, but beyond that any restriction is unreasonable.
Just when LSU fans thought they could start to forget the disaster of January 9, 2012 along comes Mardi Gras.
Yes, that really is Nick Saban holding up a crystal football in a Superman outfit on the back of the float.
And, yes, that really is a large effigy of New Orleans radio ranter Bobby Hebert, who famously went off on Les Miles at the post-game press conference for failing to play Jarrett Lee.
You can see more of the float photos by clicking here, but if you're an LSU fan you'll probably pass.
In the meantime, if you didn't think the LSU-Bama game could get any wilder, wait until Baton Rouge in November.
I can't wait.