Marc Weinreich
Thursday May 31st, 2012

James Franklin, Vanderbilt's head football coach, said Thursday that he won't hire his coaching assistants until he's met the wife of each candidate. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

James Franklin, the head coach of the football team at Vanderbilt University, said Wednesday that he will hire his assistants only once he's met the wife of each potential hire. Franklin  made the comments on Clay Travis's 104.5 The Zone radio show, according to DeadSpin.com, and said he draws his inspiration from the film, Moneyball:

I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife. If she looks the part and she's a D1 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 articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.

Franklin later tweeted Thursday afternoon that he hopes he didn't offend anyone: https://twitter.com/jamesfranklinvu/status/208251493281837056

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