Maybe it's time for this guy to post another "leave Fran alone" video. Except it wouldn't seem so funny and ironic.
Dennis Franchione and his Secrets For Sale newsletter didn't make the same kind of national splash as Mike Gundy's post-game rant did last Saturday. For that, Fran can be thank _ and Gundy can curse _ YouTube. There was no juicy video of Fran's insider newsletter.
Jim Reeves' column and my on-line column pretty much sum up the reasons why Franchione's VIP Connection was such a bad idea. But there are a lot of bad ideas. This one was put in action for the last three years. The newsletter brought in about $45,000. According to Coach Fran and his personal assistant/ghost writer Mike McKenzie that money went to maintain www.coachFran.com.
The fact that a coach making $2 million a year felt the need to sell insider information that he kept from the public, Aggie fans and the media ... that smells. It's slimy. It's sleazy.
When Franchione left Alabama _ without personally saying goodbye to his players _ a number of Crimson Tide fans e-mailed me. They believed they had seen the real coach Fran _ a Flim Flam man. Turns out they were right.