Friday, July 22, 2011

Vandy's Franklin: Fanbase must unite

Vanderbilt’s new head coach, James Franklin, made his first appearance at SEC Media Days Friday morning. As Vanderbilt’s third coach in three years, Franklin said he’s looking for commitment from both the players and the fans.

“Everybody has to understand we can’t do this alone,” he said. “It’s not the players, it’s not just the coaches. It’s our alumni base, it’s the community, everybody. We need this fan base to unite like it never has before.”

Linebacker Chris Marve said Franklin did a good job of bridging the gap between the new coaching staff and the players.

“They’re really personable and I’ve grown attached to them in the eight or nine months that they’ve been here,” he said. “I’m thankful to play for this staff.”

--Laura Owens