DESTIN, Fla. — Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is apologizing for what he calls an attempt at humor saying he considers the looks of an assistant coach's wife before deciding whether to hire.
The coach apologized in a string of comments on Twitter on Thursday for comments he made Wednesday to a Nashville radio station, 104.5 The Zone, broadcasting beachside in Destin. Franklin said on the show that he will not hire someone until seeing the man's wife first to see if she looks like a "D1 recruit."
Franklin wrote on Twitter that his attempt at humor "fell a few yds short. Was speaking to the courage it takes 4 men 2 approach the women who become their wives!!!!!"
"I clearly used language that doesn't reflect my views on women and I am SORRY!" Franklin wrote.
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But his comments during the Southeastern Conference annual meetings also landed him a talk with his boss, Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams.
"We discussed how inappropriate and offensive his statements were no matter his state of mind or intent," Williams said in a statement posted on Vanderbilt's website. "Coach Franklin is clearly aware of his mistake and is sorry for any hurt that resulted from his statements. Clearly his comments do not reflect the values and hiring practices of Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Athletics or Vanderbilt Football."
Diddy's son gets scholly
LOS ANGELES — Justin Combs, the 18-year-old son of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, will attend UCLA on a $54,000 football scholarship. It is one of 285 athletic scholarships the university hands out every year.
It comes at a time when student fees are rising and a year after the university had to use more than $2 million in student fees to cover an athletic department funding gap.
Money for Combs' scholarship will not affect need-based scholarships awarded by the university, UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told the Los Angeles Times.
"There is a big separation between financial aid based on need and how that's funded and how athletic scholarships are funded and awarded to students," he said, noting that athletic scholarships come from athletic department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations.