Yup, He's Totally Over Him...
In case you've been living in an eco village for the past few days, Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler had some not-so-flattering things to say about his former coach during his Monday press conference at SEC media days, according to CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd:
"I don't want to say I'm glad Coach Franklin is gone but then again I am," Butler told CBSSports.com during SEC media days.
Butler said he thought Franklin was disingenuous in telling the Commodores at one point that he was committed, then leaving for Penn State.
"It was a little shady in a way," he said. "Repeatedly he told us he wasn't going anywhere. He really stressed it. He was in tears talking about he wasn't going to leave. Then he just up and leaves.
In fairness to Adam, I'd also be upset if someone repeatedly told me one thing only to do the exact opposite. Unfortunately, this is the type of balancing act that all coaches have to put up when they are pursuing attractive job offers while remaining in their current positions. In fact, Bill O'Brien did such a thing, himself.. Not to mention, the comments about Franklin upping and leaving are rather disingenuous on Adam's part, as it's well documented that Franklin held a meeting to say goodbye to his Vanderbilt players. It's not as if Franklin pulled a Todd Graham on his former employer. The quotes from Adam come across like a jilted lover who still hasn't gotten over their ex, even though they're happily seeing someone else.
Deividas Zemgulis Is The Real Deal
Josh Verlin at City of Basketball Love profiled Deividas Zemgulis, a recruit from Penn State's 2015 basketball class that as of now, has gotten the least amount of fanfare in comparison to consensus four stars Mike Watkins and Josh Reaves. The reviews were rather glowing, and it appears as if Pat Chambers and his staff have gotten themselves quite the steal:
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