NI, that is too much fluff for me to believe.
When you talk about "culture" and expecting to win versus hoping... ...that's all stuff for Disney movies. Reality is, there is not a program out there that says "we just HOPE we win". They will ALL say that they expect to win, no matter who the program is.
We can paint a scenerio as to what we think is going on within a program, but we really don't know. We cannot get in the minds of each of these players and coaches and guess as to what they are thinking.
All we know is the answer to the question I asked:
In Vandy's 36 regular season games, how many teams did they beat that ended with that team having a winning regular seasson record? 1(ONE)
Vandy played one of the worst OOC schedules that I have EVER seen at a BCS D-I level.
That has been Vandy's typical schedule for years and years. Franklin didn't change the schedule for his three years -- like PSU, those are created years in advance. Previous coaches failed to win with that schedule, so something definitely improved.
Not so fast, mjg. Franklin DID INDEED change that schedule.
In the past, Vandy would usually play 2 OOC BCS opponents. Granted, they were not the creme of the crop, but they were at least BCS. I know that some games are scheduled years in advance, but those are usually the other BCS teams that are done that way. The lower the team, the shorter the advance signing.
DID YOU KNOW...
- Vandy was supposed to play Northwestern in 2013 (and 2014). But, Vandy backed out of that contract in Oct of 2012 (Franklin's 2nd year)
- Vandy was also to play Ohio State in 2013. They backed out of that contract as well, also in Oct '12.
- While Franklin was still Vandy HC (Aug 2013), Vandy also backed out of the 2 games remaining with Wake Forest for 2014 & 2015.
Do you know what their 2014 OOC schedule looks like? Charleston Southern, Temple, UMass, and Old Dominion. That's what Franklin lined up for next year (2014).
Do you think Franklin had nothing to do with their OOC schedule? Do you think he was scheduling to get his team ready to play in the SEC, or to inflate the record and get to a bowl game ?!?!?!
I'm really starting to like this new HC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me love Cupcakes.....................
P.S. How was Vandy's attendance during Franklin's years?
Did it increase??
Did Vandy go to bowl games??
Did $$$$ endowments increase??
Did Coach Franklin earn a big bucks contract with another school?? (Sorry, I already know the answer to that question
Did Vandy try to keep Coach Franklin at Vandy with contract upgrades??
Over all.................Were Vandy fan happy with the coaching performance of Coach Franklin??