Vols next in Vandy’s bowl path

Vols next in Vandy’s bowl path

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:01 pm

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Ask the question a million different ways; James Franklin’s answer never changes.
So what if Vanderbilt can become bowl eligible with a win Saturday at Tennessee, something the Commodores have done only four times — ever. The first-year coach refuses to change his approach, focusing on the next game only.
Franklin says his Commodores will go anywhere if asked. But he’s not talking about a bowl game until the season ends. He wants his players focused only on one practice, one game, six seconds at a time.
“Our focus is one play at a time, six seconds at a time, one game at a time,” Franklin said. “This will be No. 6 for us. That’s kind of our plan going there on Saturday.”
That’s what Franklin has been saying since arriving on campus last December, and he deflected more questions Wednesday after a sophomore safety who had played only once this year was suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with armed robbery of a fellow student.
That focused approach is why his Commodores often raise up both hands, pointing up six fingers for the average time it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle on each play. Franklin works to control what he can and ignore what he can’t. When an assistant’s wife mentioned after a win over Army that the Commodores might go to a bowl, Franklin said he gave her a look.
Published in The Messenger 11.18.11

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