"Over the Notre Dame (ranking), when I picked them fourth, I got death threats," Franklin said. "Stuff about my family, racial stuff, bad, I had to get the police involved it was so bad."
Asked if the those who made death threats were tracked down, Franklin replied, "Yes," but he said he elected not to press charges against those who threatened he and his family. "I didn't want to take it that far because then it (the threats) becomes public. I wanted to make them (those that threatened he and his family) sure, 'Look, we know who you are. This is probably one step too far when you're making death threats and racial stuff, things like that.'" Franklin said.
At that time Franklin told the Nashville Tennessean, of his Notre Dame ranking, "This is what you have to understand: it's an opinion," Franklin said. "But it's an educated opinion. I've coached in the ACC. I've coached in the Big 12. I've coached in the Pac-10. I've coached in the SEC. I've coached in the NFL. So I think I have a pretty good understanding of what these conferences are like and what our conference is like..."So I've studied all these teams on film, and that's my opinion. I don't mean it to be disrespectful to anybody else. I have tremendous respect for Notre Dame, what they've done this year — great year. They can prove me wrong the day after, but that's just how I feel."
Notre Dame was crushed by Alabama in the BCS title game, vindicating Franklin's opinion of the team's ranking. In fact, fourth may have proven to be too generous.