Jul 18, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin shrugs off cliff-jump video

Dec 31, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin exits the field after a win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. The Commodores beat the Wolfpack 38-24. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday we shared with you the video of Vanderbilt Commodores football coach James Franklin jumping off a 50-foot high cliff into Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake. Franklin spoke about the the video today, downplaying the danger of it and approaching the whole topic with the sort of ho-hum attitude often displayed by people who jump of cliffs for fun.

Here’s Franklin’s recap of the event, via USA Today:

We were on a staff retreat and half our staff was golfing in the afternoon and the other half was on a pontoon boat. We were just trying to have some fun and blow off some steam before the season got started.


Guys (on the staff) were jumping and they kind of kept on me to do it. I let them go first, and once I made sure that the water was deep enough and no one got hurt, I decided to get up there and do it myself.

I love how matter-of-fact he is about it, as if jumping off a cliff is akin to selecting an ice cream flavor. Needless to say, James Franklin is a badass dude.

Vanderbilt has gone 15-11 under Franklin, including going 9-4 last year and closing out the season with a win in the Music City Bowl.

[Source: USA Today]

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