Vanderbilt's Franklin apologizes for sexist comment

Coach's comments to radio show went viral

POSTED: 5:54 PM Jun 01 2012
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Vanderbilt coach James Franklin apologized Thursday for a comment during a radio show that his assistant coaches' wives needed to be attractive in order for their husbands to be hired.

The comments went viral and he apologized via Twitter.

Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams also admonished him Thursday over the "inappropriate" nature of the message during the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla.

"He clearly made a mistake," Williams said. "And clearly what he said is not how he feels and not how we feel."

Franklin made the comments during an interview with a Nashville sports radio station.

"I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I've seen his wife," Franklin said Wednesday. "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."

On Thursday, Franklin tweeted his apology: "My foot does not taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love and respect ALL, have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget to #AnchorDown."

Franklin is in his second season at Vanderbilt after replacing Robbie Caldwell. In his first season as head coach, he led the Commodores to a 6-7 record, including a loss in the Liberty Bowl.