I gotta admit this was a classy move by new Penn State head coach James Franklin. Franklin took out a near full page ad in The Tennessean to thank Vanderbilt for everything they gave him. Now you can get a small glimpse of why people like Franklin are so successful.
I've been arguing with some friends about Franklin. For some wacko reason they think he will be a massive failure in Happy Valley. I can't even grasp that bullshit. The guy won at Vanderbilt! Before he got to Nashville the Commodores had been to one, yes, one bowl game in the last 28 years. During his 3 years they went to 3 bowl games. I would say that is pretty damn good. Also they beat up on Tennessee, Georgia and Florida who are all SEC East blueblood programs.
If the Big Ten is ever going to get back to dominant conference play (have they ever?) they need to poach coaches from the SEC. Last year they did it with Urban Meyer going to Ohio State. This year it is Franklin. He will kill it for State Penn. College football needs Franklin to succeed at Penn State. It's so much more entertaining when at least a few teams from up north are competing for National Titles. We need to revive the Civil War of College Football. Yee Haw!