James Franklin has quickly turned around the in-game fortunes of the Vanderbilt football team. Now he needs to do something about VU’s postgame reputation.
Last week, Franklin himself took offense to a Georgia player’s taunts and wound up in a heated postgame exchange with UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. On Saturday, Vanderbilt dissed the US Military Academy with its postgame behavior. Today the school issued an apology that read in part:
“We at Vanderbilt University would like to publicly offer our sincere apology for the events that occurred at the conclusion of our recent football game. While our football team performed our alma mater with our fans and band, the Black Knights, their band and cheerleaders, as well as their fans, stood at attention and honored us as would a worthy foe. However, after we were finished and the Black Knights began to perform their alma mater, our football team left the field and our loud speaker blasted music that had the result of drowning out the performing of your alma mater.
While there was no intention to be disrespectful, this was wrong and was a huge mistake on our part. There is no excuse for this oversight; we were just wrong and we are truly sorry.”
A nice touch by the Commodore brass to offer a public mea culpa.