James Franklin Has Changed Image, Culture of Vanderbilt Football

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James Franklin Has Changed Image, Culture of Vanderbilt Football
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Before James Franklin first patrolled the sidelines at Dudley Field in 2011 as Vanderbilt University’s new football coach, he made a crucial recruiting pitch — to a group of fraternity brothers at the Kappa Sigma house. Franklin, who Vanderbilt hired from Maryland on Dec. 17, 2010, walked into a chapter meeting shortly before the start of that initial season, looked at the brothers in their eyes and went into sell-mode.

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