Former quarterback. Offensive coach. First college head coaching job at a private school where football can be a challenge. Steve Spurrier?
No, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who was asked Monday if the fact that the first pages of his biography are similar to Spurrier’s is the reason he’s always heaping praise on South Carolina’s coach.
“No, I just like him,” Franklin said during his regular weekly news conference. “When I go to SEC meetings, I try to sit between Les Miles and Steve Spurrier. They entertain me. They don’t take themselves too serious. They don’t take their job too serious. They have been successful at the highest level.”
The Commodores (1-1) are getting ready to face No. 13 South Carolina (1-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. That means Franklin got plenty of questions about Spurrier and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
“I think the biggest thing is being aware of (Clowney),” Franklin said. “He’s going to have an impact on the game. What you can’t afford is to have him have a huge impact on the game.”
Franklin led Vanderbilt to a 9-4 record last year in his second year as coach but still is looking for his first win against one of the SEC East’s Big Three of South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.
“I think we have had some pretty dramatic and statement wins. Is it enough fro the fans? Is it enough for the media? Is it enough for me and our players? No. We want more, but I am not getting caught up in things other people find important. I am very, very comfortable with the direction of the program and where we are going. Some of the things that you find important or other people find important will come with time.”