Franklin: UT's celebration will remain open wound

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Vanderbilt's James Franklin says he won't soon forget the Commodores' loss to Tennessee.

The coach says the way the Vols celebrated their overtime win -- which included coach Derek Dooley boasting how the Vols always beat Vanderbilt -- will be a wound he leaves open until next year.

Franklin said Monday he knows his Commodores hurt themselves with four turnovers and penalties in the 27-21 loss. Officials added to the pain with an overtime review of Eric Gordon's interception return for a touchdown that the Southeastern Conference admitted two hours later was incorrectly ruled.

Tennessee should have gone on offense instead.

During his weekly news conference Monday afternoon, Derek Dooley said it was disappointing that video of the locker room celebration surfaced on the internet.

“That is kind of the world we live in. It’s like there is no sacred place, and I think probably all 120 coaches out there in football have a side to them where they loosen up with team that they don’t do in public," Dooley said to a room full of reporters.

"Am I excited after a win? I always am. After a win is emotional, and certainly when you win a close game that is down to the wire it’s exciting. You take those things for what they are. It’s a postgame, emotional, have a little fun, and you then you close the door on it when you leave.”

Dooley and the Vols visit Kentucky Saturday afternoon for a 12:21 kickoff (WVLT-TV).

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  • by Tomy Location: Knoxville on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    I'm a vol fan and I was glad we won there was some bad calls on both sides of the game but the end of game would have been te same either way cause we have a ok kicker but let's face it vol fans we did not kick the xxxx out of vandy. We won and that's good but we don't need to be talking xxxx till we win some real games ourselves but we better be on our a game next year because this vandy team is not the same as in past years and now they got something to play for now since this vedio leak we are young and not ready to start talk xxxx yet I'm a vol fan win or lose let's get better and win some games so we can talk xxxx
  • by Randy Location: Morristown on Nov 21, 2011 at 09:26 PM
    Geeez what a crybaby! Give it a rest already.
  • by VolFan Location: Knoxville on Nov 21, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    And what coach is happy with the other teams celebration with a win in overtime? This is a non-news story.
  • by RB Location: Brentwood on Nov 21, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Franklin needs to get over himself. Too bad Vandy doesn't get the opportunity to celebrate in their locker room very much. Same ole Vandy!


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