Vandy's Franklin takes plunge off cliff
Little more than a month remains until Ole Miss travels to Vanderbilt to begin the SEC football season with a Thursday night kickoff in Nashville.
How does Vanderbilt follow up on a nine-win campaign, its most successful football season in 97 years?
Well, part of the plan gets developed by Vanderbilt's coaching staff on their annual football coaches retreat. The Vandy staff works on football from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon and then spends the rest of the day and evening having fun. Working hard and playing hard is why coach James Franklin believes Vandy was the only staff in the SEC that didn't lose a single coach last year. Last year's retreat was in Birmingham, this year's is in Chattanooga.
On Wednesday, half of the coaches went golfing at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club and the other half spent the day on a pontoon boat on Chickamauga Lake.
Franklin led the pontoon boat brigade. And as part of an afternoon spent on that boat, Franklin was challenged to jump off a cliff. And if you've recently been called the nation's most insane head coach, you don't run from a challenge.
With wide receivers coach Josh Gattis providing the narration, Kevin Threlkel, assistant director of football operations, snapping the photo, and player personnel coach Andy Frank on the camera phone — you can blame him for not turning the phone sideways — the below video is the result.
Can you see any other SEC coach trying this? (Les Miles doesn't count, because Les would have jumped naked while riding on the back of an alligator.)
It's just 35 days until our first SEC football game.