Friday, August 31, 2012

Message from SC game: "Good days are coming"

Sure, we got screwed by the officials last night on a do-or-die play, and it killed us. If you've been following Vandy football for any amount of time, it was impossible not to feel cursed.

It was a do-or-die play for us, but this was not a do-or-die game for us. James Franklin is building a winning program and it's not a matter of if he's going to knock off a big team but when. He's impatient but he's not desperate.

Listen to what he said at the post-game press conference:

"We gotta learn how to win... We have a blue-collar, fighter’s mentality... (but) we’ve got to find a way to win these close games we haven’t been able to win yet and that’s when we’ll be able to build a culture of winning here."

"That play didn’t define the game. When your opportunity comes you have to make the play. Our margin of error just isn’t that big."
And finally this: "Good days are coming."

That should be our motto and we should repeat it to ourselves this season when things like what happened last night happen. Because they will happen. 

Why do these things keep happening? Because we don't have the talent the other teams have and our margin of error is much lower than theirs. Bad things happened to South Carolina last night, but they overcame those. 

And when your margin of error is much lower than the other team's, then you're not in a position to win consistently and to build a tradition of winning. Right now, James Franklin has the mindset of a winner, which served us well last season, when we beat everybody we should have beaten and scared the daylights out of nearly everybody else. 

Now he's building the talent he needs to compete consistently. He's not doing it fast enough to please himself but he's doing it at a stunning pace. Consider this:

Currently, Vanderbilt has no upperclassmen who received a 4-star rating in high school from any of the top scouting services. 

Counting this year's verbal commitments and Franklin's last two recruiting classes, here's how many 4-star recruits we're looking to have on campus next season:

1. Dillon van der Wal, sophomore tight end
2. Brian Kimbrow, true freshman running back
3. Darreon Herring, true freshman linebacker 
4. Caleb Azubike, true freshman defensive end
5. Andrew Jelks, true freshman offensive tackle
6. Jacob Sealand, true freshman linebacker
7. Stephen Weatherly, true freshman defensive end
8. Jonathan McCrary, prep quarterback
9. Chad Kanoff, prep quarterback
10. Carlos Burse, prep wide receiver
11. Dominic Walker, prep wide receiver
12. Jay Woods, prep defensive tackle
13. Landon Stokes, prep defensive end
14. Mack Weaver, prep tight end/defensive end
15. Nigel Bowden, prep linebacker
16. Ryan White, prep cornerback
17. Tre Bell, prep cornerback
18. Malik Greaves, prep safety

 Amazing, huh? What you're seeing is an influx of talent that has recruiting insiders buzzing. How often in the past has Vandy ever signed a 4-star quarterback, receiver, cornerback or defensive tackle?


It will take a while for this talent to develop. The South Carolina game - and even this season - is not our only hope to produce a winner. It's not do-or-die. It's not a question of if, but a question of when, and I plan to be on board when it happens. How about you?

Good days are coming. Don't forget it.


Greg M said...

Agree with everything you said.


There comes a point in every man's life when he must say "enough is enough." I reached that point last night. I am going to start a personal crusade to hound the SEC officials into not letting BS like this happen agian. If I was that incompetent, I would be fired, as should those clowns that can stand there and blantantly not call that PI. I am goig to let teh SEC heads know about it over and over again.

Just need some emails addresses please. Thx

Another Loud-Mouth VU Alum said...

Well written.

I've been on board since the days of Steve Sloan........


Well, you're one up on me. I've been on board since Watson Brown. Talk about an auspicious beginning.

Anonymous said...

Solid Defense most of the night. Very frustrated by the mistakes and poor O-line and QB play. O-line must open up some lanes for Stacy and give more time for Rogers to get rid of the ball. Other wr's were getting open (Krause & Boyd) but JR had no time. JR needs to spread the ball around to Krause and Boyd to keep the defense honest. Can JR throw a good deep ball ? Seemed unable to get the ball down-field to the WR's. Vandy had several chances to score on SC mistakes but offense really did not show up. Play-calling was very questionable. Go Dores ! Beat Northwestern !

Greg M said...

Vanderbilt Football Recruiting: 70th in 2011, 29th in 2012, currently 15th for 2013. I like the trend!!!!

Greg M said...

2 or 3 mores years and beyond of top 20 recruiting and we will be Top 20 relavent, Book it.

Anchor Down, it's good to be Gold!!

even more anonymous said...

On board since Bill Pace.

Anonymous said...

On board since Cornelius Vanderbilt

Greg M said...

Can we join the Big East. We would dominate and have BCS Bowl games every year.

Anonymous said...

watching the 1st half of against nw. seems a bit strange. Very little plays for Zack Stacy; same issue with O-line; and I wonder why Rogers still cant make the deep throws more accurate...?

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