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James Franklin makes soft guarantee during halftime speech

At halftime of the Vanderbilt basketball game on Wednesday evening, new head coach James Franklin addressed the crowd.

Franklin said, “We have a plan. We have a vision for what this program can be. But we can’t do it alone. We need everybody’s support. We need this community, this campus, to come together and be united more than it ever has before.”

“Thank you so much. I can guarantee you that there are bright days ahead. We have a very specific plan. Failure is not an option. Go Dores!”

We were bracing for an explosive and bold statement such as, "I am hear to tell you that we will own this state and have no plans to lose to Derek Dooley ever." Unfortunately, Franklin didn't say that, opting for a much more conservative approach.

Franklin did explain to the television audience shortly thereafter, “It starts first with the administration. We’re willing to do whatever it takes to win. We have a very clear vision with what we’re trying to get done.”

“The important thing to me is that we are aggressive. We have to take advantage of our strengths. We have to hide our weaknesses. We’re not going to be afraid to make mistakes.”

Franklin will coach his first game when Vandy hosts Elon University in early September. Other non-conference games include UCONN, Army, and at Wake Forest.