Yes, this is real.
Instead of Franklin checking out your resumé to see if you are fit for his staff he will check out your wife to make sure you are able to land a good catch.
“I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I’ve seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she’s a D-I recruit [one of the nation's best-of-the-best], then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.”
Franklin’s way of doing things is good in theory, I suppose. If someone has the confidence and skill set to pick up a hot girl and somehow convince her they should get married, then there is no reason why that same person can’t land the best high school football recruits in the country.
How did Franklin come up with this bizarre way of hiring staff members you may ask? He got his answer straight from the movie “Moneyball” (fantastic film) in which there is a line that states: “Ugly girlfriends means no confidence.”
“There’s a very strong correlation between having confidence going up and talking to women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”
I have to say the idea behind this is not totally farfetched, but why on earth would he admit such a thing to the public via a radio interview? It is one thing to believe this phrase, it is another thing to actually live his life by it and it is completely out of this world to tell people this is how he goes about his business.
If I am a member of the Vanderbilt football staff I have to be feeling pretty good about myself. However, I cannot imagine bringing my wife to a dinner with Franklin to see if he approves, especially since she will know what is going on.
All I have to say to Mr. Franklin is good luck explaining this one to your wife and any person you decide not to hire in the future. Also, good luck to Vanderbilt for dealing with all the possible lawsuits for discrimination.