Vanderbilt Football Coach James Franklin Says he Recruits Unborn Kids

James Franklin


How bad does a school’s football program have to be for it to start recruiting unborn child in a desperate attempt to revive it? The answer as you may have guessed by now is Vanderbilt bad.

According to a story via Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, sees nothing wrong with pre-birth recruiting.

“If I see a 6-foot-6 man walking in the mall with his wife, and she’s 6-2 and she’s pregnant, I’ll go up and offer their unborn child,” Franklin said.

“I’m not exaggerating. I do that all the time. If I go to speak at an elementary school, if I’m out at a restaurant, we kind of have fun with it. It’s about developing a relationship with people. It’s about getting them connected with Vanderbilt. It’s about making people laugh and telling a story and having fun. It’s about having a sense of humor and not being some robot coach that I don’t want to be.”

Historically, Vanderbilt’s football program has been pretty awful, with only six bowl appearances ever so you can understand what fuels that sort of desperation.