A new filing by the defense in the case involving rape charges against four Vanderbilt football players alleges that the team’s former coach James Franklin contacted the alleged victim. Franklin is now the head coach at Penn State, and if this report proves to be true, it could cause big problems for him at his new school.
In the filing, the defense claims that Franklin and strength coach Dwight Galt (who went to Penn State with Franklin) talked to the alleged victim four days after the rape during a medical examination. They both told the victim, “that they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting.”
Later the defense claims:
“Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get 15 pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that other colleges did it.”
Franklin was contacted on Tuesday by ESPN, but was “not interested in talking.”
The filing came to light because defensive attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg – one of the four players charged with five counts of aggravated rape – asked the court to dismiss the charges because the prosecution failed to preserve key evidence.
The alleged incident occurred against a 21-year-old female student last June on Vanderbilt’s campus.
If these reports are true it would be really bad for Franklin. The fact that he had any interaction with a woman accusing players on his team of sexual assault is really troubling.