Vanderbilt coach James Franklin took to Twitter on Thursday to apologize for saying on the radio a day earlier that he judges assistant coach applicants on the attractiveness of their wives.
"I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I've seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she's a D-I recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That's part of the deal," Franklin said Wednesday on Nashville's 104.5 FM The Zone, according to coachingsearch.com.
"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."
Franklin used multiple tweets Thursday to say he was sorry.
"I enjoy my family, my job, interviews w/ the media, meeting new people, learning & getting better & not taking my self or my job 2 serious!. ...
"Attempt at humor obviously fell a few yds short. Was speaking to the courage it takes 4 men 2 approach the women who become their wives!!!!! ... If a man can convince the women of his dreams 2 marry him,he can probably do just about anything,that type of confidence along w/ coaching ...
"Skills is what I am looking 4.As a husband & father of 2 daughters I regret the way I conveyed my message! ... I clearly used language that doesn't reflect my views on women and I am SORRY!"
Franklin, who led Vanderbilt to a 6-7 record with a loss in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in his first season, also said on the radio that he takes inspiration from the movie "Moneyball," in finding creative ways to win despite not having the most talented team.
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