I sitting here working the graveyard shift and listening to sports radio talk about Coach Fran's situation. When I first heard about Franchione heading to Texas A&M and the backlash by Alabama fans, my gut reaction was to side with Franchione due to the bleak outlook at Alabama with the possibility of further sanctions. I first thought Alabama fans would just have to swallow a bitter pill and take a hit to their arrogance as their coach defected to "a lesser school." After giving it more thought, I understand where the Alabama fans resentment comes from. Although Franchione wasn't the Tide faithful's first choice for the job two years ago, he won their support by landing some top recruits early and shaping a broken team into winners late his first year. In my opinion, the most amazing thing that Franchione accomplished at Alabama is the highly-publicized claim that Alabama would try to be the best team in the SEC this year. Because of that, the Tide received nothing but good publicity throughout the year when they were only 10 months removed from NCAA spankings. Did Franchione cause the sanctions? No. But when several top candidates stayed away from Tuscaloosa, he accepted the situation when he decided to take the job. He also pleaded with Alabama's upperclassmen to show loyalty to the school when they could've transferred without losing eligibility. Franchione's defection is inexcusable because of what is does to further deflate the Tide program. Not only will Alabama have to deal with losses in scholarships, but they'll also have to recover from another coaching change in the most crucial recruiting period in the year. I was working for the Reveille when LSU hired Saban away from Michigan State. We got several letters from MSU fans and alumni claiming that Saban was a money-grubber and would eventually leave LSU also. While it might be true that Saban could leave LSU shortly, I draw a distinction between his departure from MSU and Franchione's departure from Alabama. Saban inherited MSU when they were on probation and filled the program with top recruits and began to establish the program as a winner. He left the cupboard very full for Bobby Williams. Franchione never really unpacked in Alabama and is leaving them in a worse situation than they started in. I expect Franchione to leave A&M (by firing or fleaing) within four years.