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An Open Letter To James Franklin

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An open letter to James Franklin



Mr. Franklin,


In your haste to leave Nashville for Pennsylvania, you neglected to pack your moral compass.  Its one thing to spend three years at a school and use it as a stepping stone to a better job.  


Its quite another to leave your former school in shambles by taking its recruits with you.Thanks to you Mr. Franklin, Vanderbilt had a top 25 recruiting class.
But now, according to one recruiting expert, there are just three solid commits out of a class of 20.


And with less than three weeks before signing day and no head coach, Vanderbilt has no way to convince the recruits to stay and no way to recruit new players.


Its one thing to leave a school.


Its quite another to devastate it on the way out the door.


You have taken three Vanderbilt players with you Mr. Franklin and at least four more have posted on Twitter that they have scholarship offers from you to play at Penn State.


Your response?


My job now is to do everything I possibly can to help Penn State be successful.


I understand loyalty to the source of your paycheck but what about loyalty to the people who made the paycheck possible?


Vanderbilt took a chance on you as an offensive coordinator at a moribund University of Maryland football program offering you a chance to be a head coach in the SEC with no previous head coaching experience.


Are they not deserving of your loyalty?


When asked specifically about taking Vanderbilt recruits Mr. Franklin you replied, I dont know what the rules are there.


Let me help you with the rules.


Heres the only one you need to remember: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


You claim the recruiting process is about the relationship between you and the kids family and their trust in you to take care of their son in college.


How can they trust you to teach football or anything else when you clearly dont know right from wrong.


In a beautifully karmic scenario this fall, Ohio State will run up the score on Penn State by some ridiculous score like 62-3.


And during the postgame handshake when youre asking Urban Meyer, WTH? Hell respond with, My job is to do everything I possibly can to help Ohio State be successful.


No one is denying you the right to help Penn State be successful Mr. Franklin.
But you dont have to do it at Vanderbilts expense; a team with just 6 winning seasons since 1960 (thank you for two of those Mr. Franklin).


You could teach your players a good lesson about not stepping on the backs of others in climbing the ladder of success but your actions will speak louder than your words.


Your moral compass is still waiting for you in Nashville Mr. Franklin, but you better come get it quickly.


Its obvious youre in need of it.


Sincerely, Nashville, TN

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