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James Franklin, the head football coach at Vanderbilt is known for speaking his mind, but recently, he’s outdone himself.In a radio interview, he said he needs to see a photo of a potential assistant coach’s wife before he makes a hire, according to CBS Sports:
“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-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 women, 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’s theory, he says, comes from Moneyball: “Ugly girlfriend means no confidence at the plate.”
OK, that’s one recruiting strategy…
In case you were wondering, this is what Franklin’s wife, Fumi, looks like.
UPDATE: It seems as though Franklin is regretting his comment…
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