Wednesday, January 28, 2009

C.M. Newton Interview

In the latest Commodore History Corner, Bill Traughber talks with former Vanderbilt basketball head coach C.M. Newton.

Please take some time to read this incredible interview - click here

Newton discusses a variety of topics from his storied career including the infamous tennis ball incident against Florida in 1989 that kept the Commodores from winning the SEC title:

"There was no way we were going to lose. It was crazy to call that technical. It could have been somebody from Florida that threw the tennis ball out there. If you had 30 tennis balls thrown on the court or barrage at Florida then that would have been different. But to have one tennis ball thrown out there and for the official John Clougherty to act that way was inexcusable.

"I think he just overreacted. (Frank) Kornet fouled out and now we've got to go through overtime with (Dwayne) Schintzius still in the game and our center fouled out. At the time I told Clougherty, "John, I've always been a forgiving person, but I don't think I will ever forgive you for that.'"

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