Memorable Franklin Quotes

Southeastern Conference coaches and players are gathered in Birmingham, Alabama for SEC Media Days. Coach James Franklin discussed changing the culture at Vanderbilt.

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Coach James Franklin of Vanderbilt...

On returning to SEC Media Days:

"I really appreciate the opportunity to be back here representing Vanderbilt and the SEC. It's completely different this year as opposed to year one. We still have a long way to go as a program, but we're taking steps in the right way. There's a buzz going on about Vandy football that hasn't happened in a long time. Our coaches and kids are excited."

On the season opener:

"I'm really excited to open the season against a top-ten opponent in South Carolina and such an experienced coach in Steve Spurrier."

On building momentum:

"There is some momentum right now, but the important thing is to build on it. It wasn't just the wins last year; it was how we played week in and week out. We earned some respect. The more days we win Monday through Friday, the more wins will come on Saturday."

On Vanderbilt's biggest challenge:

"The biggest challenge in this job is perception. It's getting people to understand who and what we're going to be. I can't speak on what's happened in the past, but I can tell you what we're doing from here on."

On recruiting:

"I think we can beat anybody. If you're truly the best and the brightest, where else would you go? "

On Vanderbilt's focus:

"We still have a long way to go as a program in the most competitive conference in the nation. We play ultimate team football at Vanderbilt... What we have to do is eliminate the plays that get you beat. We've got to eliminate the turnovers and we've got to eliminate the penalties. That's really our focus."

On last year's losing season:

"The most important thing in life is that you learn from experiences. That's what we're trying to do every single day. The more you do that, the Saturdays will start to take care of themselves."

On the area that most needs improvement:

"I wouldn't say it's one specific thing. I think we're probably 60 years behind in a lot of areas - facilities, recruiting, perception, all of those things. We have to continue training and educating our fan base and the community. Remember, we've been here 18 months. We were able to have a top 25 recruiting class and go to a bowl game in our first year. I don't know if there's a program in the country that's been able to do what we've done in just 18 months."

On what constitutes success at Vanderbilt:

"We're not a goal-oriented organization; we're a process-oriented organization. We focus on getting better every single day. At the end of the season, I want you guys to be able to say 'Vanderbilt's got a good thing going.' I want to be known for our leadership and for heading in the right direction. We aren't focused on the wins. We are focused on being the best we can possibly be every single day and the wins will take care of themselves.

"No one will give you respect. You've got to go out and earn it. Although we earned some respect last year, we're not going to gain any more unless we go out there and earn it - game in and game out. We take a lot of pride in the black and gold. We're building some of these traditions now.

"We're dropping the anchor. We're not backing up. We're drawing the line in the sand, and we're ready to go. When you get ready to play Vanderbilt, you better get ready to fight."

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