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Memorable moment for Vanderbilt football

Following Robbie Caldwell’s dismal one-year tenure at Vanderbilt, where he led his team to a 2-10 record, James Franklin left his coach-in-waiting position at Maryland for a job in the SEC, accepting the offer to become the head coach of the Commodores. With largely the same roster which Caldwell used, Franklin took that two-win season from a year ago and turned it into a six-win bowl appearance. He has changed the culture at Vanderbilt into something to be proud of. His players, and potential recruits, are buying in. Vanderbilt football has the No. 18-rated recruiting class for 2013, according to Rivals.

A very cool moment happened for one Vanderbilt football player, who had been working his tail off as a walk-on. The reaction everyone has to the great news is a perfect illustration of the attitude that has been instilled in the Vandy program. Marc Panu is a living example of what hard work, dedication, and playing with a sense of passion can do for you.

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Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

48 Comments for Memorable moment for Vanderbilt football



  1. big poppa
    11:38 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks, I been wondering all morning about Vandy football



  2. JayCee
    11:43 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Great vid. Good for Panu.

    Franklin put more energy into that room with a 1 minute speech than Joker could muster over the course of his entire tenure.

    And that’s the difference.



  3. Dave-o
    11:46 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    No one cares about UK football….much less Vandy football



  4. Cats Fan CWR
    11:49 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    That was awesome. Congrats to him on earning a scholarship. Must’ve been an incredible feeling.



  5. Matt
    11:50 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    To me, this is awesome. If you can’t be happy for this young man, then you are just as bad as the haters that think Cal is the biggest cheater or whatever. The bad news is that how can you not love James Franklin? The guy is a great coach and sadly, will put us in the cellar in SEC recruiting.



  6. Kwitcherbitchin'
    11:52 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    No likey? No clicky. It’s really that simple.



  7. WKY Dude
    11:52 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy is giving away scholarships for hard work, selflessness, teamwork and dedication!! UK is giving away ice cream! There’s the answer to all the questions.



  8. Axe Cop
    11:53 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t this supposed to be on VSR?



  9. Argentium
    11:55 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Anchor Down!!!



  10. gvillecat
    11:59 am August 11, 2012 Permalink

    That was more impressive than anything you will see the Cats do all year. F*ing sucks.



  11. JackB
    12:00 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    That is cool.



  12. JackB
    12:01 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    That last video clip was Panu pancaking Rudy!



  13. Bleaker
    12:05 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats, I guess??



  14. Steve-O
    12:09 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    That’s great. And our coach took a team with unprecedented bowl appearances and ran this ship into the ground. Think Franklin will come to us after this season?



  15. HillbillyInBC
    12:11 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll simply echo my comment from when I e-mailed this to Matt yesterday: I’m a Vandy hater from way back, but this is seriously cool.



  16. snoopaloop
    12:15 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Stu – can I call you Stu? – please stop deleting my comments. I know they are being made in opposition of your stupendous writing, but you can’t expect everybody to bow at your feet with praise. Cool? Thanks. Sincerely, Snoopaloop.



  17. Brad
    12:19 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cool video.



  18. Designated Drinker
    12:20 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Good stuff… sports needs more positives and less miserable, negative and unhappy stories/people. Kind of like the people in the comments section of KSR.



  19. Mr crabs
    12:20 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Well, looks like another ass kickin from Vandy this year. I am more inspIred by that one short video then anything Joker has said in his whole time at Ky.



  20. bigbluelou
    12:23 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Love getting the updates on how well Vandy is doing on Vanderbilt Sports Radio. We all get that Vandy has hired a better coach who is bringing in better players.



  21. snoopaloop
    12:29 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    18. If that was Louisville you would say the opposite



  22. TheDecker
    12:34 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Great Video. Congrats and good luck to the kid



  23. bballcat4
    12:37 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    If you like sports and underdog stories then you have to like what happened for this kid. University doesn’t matter. The story is about a kid who gave it all and a coaching staff that rewarded his hard work. Four years at Vandy is not cheap money. Hope the kid does well in football and takes advantage of a great education to change his life.



  24. Perfect Patterson
    12:39 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cool video. I was this guy’s TA last year in a chemical engineering course. The kid is smart, and Coach Franklin got it right. Big ups to him.



  25. gman
    1:08 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    @29. im calling shennanigans:-)



  26. JT
    1:08 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares about vandy



  27. maxbps8
    1:26 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Great video. Inspiring except for the part about ‘Keeping his mouth shut’ – “He keeps his mouth shut.” If that is a virture of Vanderbilt football I definitely would not want to play there nor would I want any of my young men to either. I’m sure this young man really, really appreciates the scholarship. I am equally sure he did not AT ALL appreciate that comment. At a time when these young men are searching for their VOICE IN LIFE this coach says ‘Way to go! Way to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!’?? How very telling of this coach and, therefore, program.



  28. Kyfan96
    1:33 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    I love to see stuff like this. That young man worked his butt off for the team and the coach and his teammates took notice.



  29. Kidd-T
    1:43 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    27- Do you really not understand what he means whe he says that?



  30. WKY Dude
    1:51 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone complaining about getting posts deleted need to realize something. This is NOT the same KSR that we had…even two years ago. There is is new, young regime in place. They have mod privileges and to them it’s like a shiny new toy. They are going to delete posts…simply because they can. This post will be deleted soon, I’m sure. As the new regime “grows up”, they’ll realize that it’s actually healthy and necessary for a board’s survival to have opposing views. Why? Because “tow the line”, “positive only” UK boards are a dime-a-dozen. Now, I realize some posts warrant deleting and that is easily understood. So, once we see these new “kids” grow up a bit, the post deleting will subside.



  31. steve motley
    2:34 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    its not hard to see why coach franklin gets so much out of so little. hes definitely a top notch coach. if things dont work out with joker then this guy should be #1 on the list



  32. Bigblue
    3:28 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone complaining that we can’t have a good program without grade A facilities, look at Vandy…it’s called getting a coach that knows what he is doing and is passionate to build!



  33. Kron2Dampier
    3:59 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    This was very cool…..an example for how a football culture is built…..Joker should be watching and learning.



  34. jhnny
    4:03 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    We have been passed by Vanderbilt. We have fallen so fast…

    BRING BACK BROOKS! PLEASE!! OFFER BROOKS AD!!!



  35. jason
    4:11 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Where was the post when John Conner or derrick locke earned the full rides?



  36. Jean
    4:15 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Meanwhile, Joker is rolling out more nonsense sucking up to the military, confusing soldiers with heroes.



  37. big tim
    4:18 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    you all act like vandy is a great team really vandy lost to the same ut team that we beat with a wr



  38. Derek
    4:22 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    In just a few seconds I became a fan of Coach Franklin. He just has the “it” factor. He won’t be at Vandy long!



  39. Coopdro1000
    4:41 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Thats gotta be one of the best days of that kids life. Thats what college sports is about!! Whether it was uk, duke, vandy, or peasant tech college… Thats inspiring.



  40. Lampsteen
    6:17 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we’ll get to see a similar vid of Barnhart rewarding a new coach with a contract. Maybe…..



  41. Lampsteen
    6:19 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    ….also, things like this are done all the time in college athletics. Vandy just chose to put out a self-promoting vid. It’s a special moment to be sure, but just one of many just like it every week in the NC2A.



  42. Dg
    7:02 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Very cool



  43. Papaw
    7:17 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    I think this video is supposed to show us how things COULD be if we had different leadership.



  44. UKFanVandyGrad
    10:10 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    Woo hoo! Always a Kentucky fan first but glad to see my Dores do well!



  45. Maxbps8
    10:35 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    29…I know precisely what the coach was TRYING to say. He just did a very poor job of communicating it. And as a HEAD Coach, communicating is THE most important thing he has to do. It came across as very deregatory and condescending.



  46. Razbeareeze
    11:01 pm August 11, 2012 Permalink

    What a bunch of whining children we have here. A simple story of someone working hard and getting rewarded for it. How many of you tried out for college football lately? “It’s actually healthy and necessary for a board to have opposing views.” Oh, shut up.



  47. Che Turr
    7:34 am August 12, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy’s cheating.
    More than normal.
    More than Coach Stallings.
    Cheaters.
    Vandy.



  48. Big Blue Fan
    11:24 am August 12, 2012 Permalink

    #37 They dog stomped us are really trying to justify anything negative about Vandy football compared to UK at the present moment. They beat us by 30 I would just keep my mouth shut about Vandy football.