Jamie Reidy comments on the outcry resulting from the Vanderbilt football coach’s recent insult to unattractive women everywhere.
USA Today’s Jeff Lockridge reports that James Franklin’s mouth has created a firestorm:
James Franklin‘s comments regarding the need for his assistants to have attractive wives went viral Thursday, prompting an outcry from some fans and a Twitter apology from Vanderbilt’s second-year football coach. The remarks also garnered the attention of Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams, who addressed his coach on Thursday about how “inappropriate” the message was.
Here’s the thing lost in the uproar: Coach Franklin’s comments reflect the fundamental truth that people are impressed when a man has a wife or girlfriend above his level.
I can think of no better compliment than, “Dude, what is she doing with you?” (The same may hold true for women who have a more attractive husband or boyfriend, but nobody would ever dare say “What’s he doing with you?” to a woman.)
Of course, then there’s my friend Pete, who does not appreciate such commentary regarding his considerably more attractive and much nicer wife, Kim. “What, I can’t land someone like that?! I don’t deserve someone like that?!” Three of us paused for a second, before responding in unison, “No.”
In the recent Brad Pitt movie MONEYBALL, a scout mentions that a possible draftee has an ugly girlfriend. One grizzled vet responds, “That means he has bad eyesight.” Everyone in the room nods in agreement, as the player’s name is crossed off the list.
But that’s not what Michael Lewis wrote in his book of the same name. In real life, the veteran scout responded, “Means he lacks confidence.” And the player’s name was crossed off the list of potential draftees.
And that’s what Coach Franklin said during the controversial radio interview:
“There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a woman, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”
I agree with that assessment, whether a guy is selling a college football program, pharmaceuticals or ad space. A guy who “married up” can flat out sell.
Do you think Coach James Franklin should be disciplined for his remarks?
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