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Vandy coach regrets saying he scopes out the hot wives of prospective assistants

"Smack it up, flip it, rub it down, oh no..."

In likely the most stunning piece of news you’ll read all day, Vanderbilt Commodores (“Once, twice, three times…never mind) head football coach James Franklin, in a moment of clarity, realized the error in his ways and apologized for mentioning that in order to determine whether or not a prospective assistant coach is up to snuff to join his coaching staff, he has to check out their wives to ensure they too are up to snuff, in a manner of speaking.

The not surprising-at-all controversy erupted when Franklin had this to say to Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone earlier this week:

“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I’ve seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she’s a D-1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.

“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.”

Once again, I am stunned these innocuous, totally benign comments about objectifying the wives of prospective coaching staff members and judging them solely based upon their appearance developed into a national story. Crazy stuff.

But in this “politically correct” world we live in, people noticed, including Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams, who The Tennessean reports informed Franklin of how “inappropriate” his comments were and later told reporters:

“I didn’t hear about the (comments) until (Thursday) and I have talked to Coach about it,” Williams said. “Coach is sorry that he made that statement. He’s issued an apology on Twitter. I’ve talked to him about how inappropriate his statements were and how offensive they could be to some people.

“He said he was really in a joking mode, if you like, and didn’t mean all of that. And I explained that’s a thing you don’t even joke about.

“None of those things are criteria for hiring at Vanderbilt.”

Franklin’s aforementioned expansive, Twitter-based mea culpa took shape as follows:

Well, that should put this budding public relations nightmare to bed, correct? No? Gah! Blast this political correctness!!!