September 12, 2011

Week 2: Looking back; Looking ahead

Looking back to Connecticut

Coach James Franklin says he doesn't listen to the media or the fans much. But after VU had blown an 11-point lead and trailed Connecticut by seven midway through the fourth quarter, he couldn't ignore hearing a fan yell "Same old Vanderbilt!" just after the lead had vanished.

Franklin was irritated by the remark at the time, but on Monday said that he was glad it happened. As much as VU's first-year coach would have liked to confront that fan, he instead used it as an opportunity to motivate his team, confronting players individually and reminding that the team that this is a new year.

Franklin's words to his team proved to be prophetic. VU scored 10 unanswered points and closed as a 24-21 victor over the Huskies on Saturday night.

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