SEC Football Tweets of the Week: The Ridiculous James Franklin Controversy

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJune 1, 2012

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin
Vanderbilt head coach James FranklinGrant Halverson/Getty Images

Every Friday on the SEC Blog, we will feature the tweets of the week from SEC players, coaches and media personalities.


The power brokers of the SEC were in Destin, Fla. this week for the annual SEC spring meetings. With scheduling, expansion and television deals on the agenda, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin somehow managed to seal the headlines with his joke about hiring assistants with hot wives on the 3HL program on 104.5 in Nashville.

That, coupled with the news that UCLA awarded a football scholarship to entertainment icon Diddy's son Justin Combs, has people—including SI.com's Andy Staples—upset about what we are focusing our attention on.

Judging by the flaps over James Franklin's joke and Diddy's son's scholly, people have run out of legitimate issues to be outraged about.

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) June 1, 2012


Staples is right.

If you listen to the audio of Franklin's interview on 3HL, it's clear that he's joking. That, coupled with the fact that co-host Clay Travis has a website called OutKickTheCoverage.com, which is a reference to men who marry or are dating women who are out of their league, makes this entire situation ridiculous.

Justin Combs earned that scholarship to UCLA. Who his father is and how much money he comes from should have nothing to do with anything.

Speaking of Clay Travis, he had an interesting encounter with Florida head coach Will Muschamp in Destin.

Just interviewing Muschamp when his phone rings. Ring tone? Gator Bait.

— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) May 29, 2012


Anyone care to throw out some guesses on the ringtones of other SEC coaches? I don't think Franklin's is "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO. At least, I hope not.

Meanwhile, Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson is studying abroad in Italy this summer, and apparently decided to dye his hair blonde while across the pond.

Blondes have more fun. Officially changed my hair.instagr.am/p/LTJ7mnI_kY/

— Christian Robinson (@crob45) May 31, 2012

Look out, Honey Badger.

Elsewhere, the SEC Network (or "Project X") is a big deal around the SEC spring meetings. What could some of the programming on the yet-to-be-created network be?

For that, we call on @TheJuiceIsGood of The Sports Dumpster.

"CSI: Tuscaloosa" – synopsis: “Looks like this guys trip to Dreamland was a one way ticket… YEAOWWWW!” #SECNetworkScripted

— thejuiceisgood (@thejuiceisgood) June 1, 2012


Here's the link to the full list of potential SEC Network shows. Trust me, it's worth your time.