Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Blog is moving...
You've probably noticed that we haven't posted much in the blog over the last few weeks.
Moving forward, we have decided to post all of our information on the Commodores, including blog-type content, on VUcommodores.com.
Don't worry... the information that you enjoyed in the blog will still be available, just fed directly into the VUcommodores' news feed within the main template (and not Blogspot).
At the moment, we are working with CBS College Sports on a site redesign for VUcommodores.com to be unveiled during the month of September. With the redesign, we plan to roll out more content this athletic year to keep you informed 24-7 on your favorite teams.
One feature that's already started... my daily posts titled Barca Break, which serves as a one-stop shop for news related to the Commodores from around the web (with a sprinkle of random pop culture videos that were popular in the blog).
As always, we're open to your feedback and ideas.
Thanks and Go Commodores.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Football Sights and Sounds - Quarterbacks
Football Sights and Sounds - Opening Practice
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Commodore Kickoff event registration
Register for the Commodore Kickoff event with David Williams and Robbie Caldwell - Click Here
Friday, July 30, 2010
Video: Stadium steps before dawn
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Caldwell on Chattanooga, Nashville Radio Stations Thursday
Vanderbilt fans in Chattanooga and Nashville can hear Head Coach Robbie Caldwell talk about his recent promotion and the upcoming Commodore football season in separate radio interviews scheduled Thursday (July 29) in both cities.
Caldwell, named to replace Bobby Johnson on July 14, will appear at Chattanooga's WDOD (1310-AM)with midday host Chris Goforth starting at 12:15 p.m., CT. The AM sports talk station airs Commodore football games to the Chattanooga area.
Later Thursday, Caldwell will appear with 104.5 The Zone co-hosts George Plaster and Willy Daunic on location at Greer Stadium, home of the Nashville Sounds AAA baseball franchise. Caldwell's appearance on 104.5's "Sports Zone Show" starts at 5 p.m., CT.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Alex drops quarterfinal match at North and South Amateur
By A. Boggs
Junior-to-be Marina Alex dropped her quarterfinal match at the 108th North and South Amateur Championship 1-down to Isabelle Lendl, a golfer at the University of Florida.
Alex was two-up after nine holes, but Lendl birdied two out of her next four holes to move 1-up. Lendl then held on to come away with the win.
Marina's next tournament will be the U.S. Amateur in Charlotte, N.C., August 9-15.
Chopper moves air conditioner on McGugin Center roof
As anyone who has driven down Jess Neely Drive since April already knows, Vanderbilt’s McGugin Center is in the midst of a major renovation to the football offices and academic center. With the calendar about to turn to August, the renovations are nearing completion.
Around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, construction crews took another step toward completing the project when they brought in a helicopter to relocate a five-ton air conditioning unit from one side of the roof to another.
Lacey Ballard from our video staff captured the footage of the move.
Caldwell is talk of SEC Media Day
Wednesday night, Vanderbilt Interim Head Coach Robbie Caldwell was so unrecognizable among the public in Birmingham that he even received a tip from a restaurant patron when he held the door for them. After Caldwell's performance at Media Day on Thursday, his days of being mistaken for a doorman are likely over - at least by anyone who follows SEC football.
Making his debut in front of the national media, Caldwell left every room and hallway at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., buzzing about the newly-minted coach of the Commodores. Showcasing his sense of humor and humility, Caldwell stole the show on Thursday — even receiving an ovation following his appearance in front of the print media.
Caldwell's memorable showing at SEC Media Day has led to an influx of media coverage from media outlets throughout the country. Here are a few of the many articles about Caldwell and the Commodores at SEC Media Day on Thursday.
Tennessean: Vanderbilt Coach lights up SEC media with humor
Tennessean: Caldwell will benefit from sense of humor
Tennessean: SEC Media Days notebook
City Paper: Caldwell gets laughs at SEC Media Day
CBS Sports: Caldwell has winning personality
USA Today: Caldwell talks turkey
Sporting News: Caldwell brings levity to SEC
ESPN: Caldwell’s comedy show
ESPN: ESPN interviews Warren Norman
AP: Vandy’s Caldwell entertains
Fan House: Robbie Caldwell, the SEC's Rudy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Coach revels in unexpected opportunity
Birmingham News: Laughter is best medicine
Birmingham News: Caldwell makes impressive debut
Birmingham News: Caldwell arrives in Hoover armed with a funny bone
Mobile Press-Register: Caldwell wins press conference
Huntsville Times: Caldwell unknown but optimistic
Montgomery Advertiser: Vanderbilt coach steals show
Montgomery Advertiser: Caldwell a bright spot of event
The State (South Carolina): Caldwell is one of a kind
Memphis Commercial Appeal: Caldwell takes center stage
Memphis Commercial Appeal: Vandy players vow to fight against odds
Memphis Commercial Appeal: Marve dresses for success
Jackson Sun: Caldwell endears himself to SEC Media
Jackson Sun: Vandy off to good start
Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Caldwell delights
Times Daily: Caldwell’s one-liners break the ice
Lexington Herald-Leader: SEC Media Days has quote machine in Caldwell
Louisville Courier-Journal: Caldwell steals the show
Gadsden (Ala.) Times: Caldwell discusses turkey
St. Petersburg Times: Caldwell a hit
Florida Times-UnionCaldwell keeps them laughing
Gainesville Sun: Caldwell leaves media in stitches
Orlando Sentinel: Caldwell takes media day by storm
Florida Today (Brevard, Fla.): Caldwell a hit with news media
Pensacola News Journal: Country fried comedy comes to SEC
Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Caldwell regales media with humor
Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald: Caldwell good for plenty of grins
Baton Rouge AdvocateInterim Vanderbilt coach keeps it light
New Orleans Times Picayune: Caldwell wraps up SEC Media Day 2
Monroe News Star: Caldwell takes the stage
Athens Banner-Herald: Caldwell a charmer in first appearance
Dothan (Ala.) Eagle: New Vandy coach life of the party
WTVM Columbus, Ga.: Caldwell thrilled with opportunity
LSU Daily Reveille: Caldwell’s enthusiasm lights up media days
Thursday, July 22, 2010
SEC Media Day
By Weinman --
We're on our way back from SEC Media Day in Birmingham. A great time was had by Coach Robbie Caldwell, linebackers Chris Marve and John Stokes, and running back Warren Norman -- all first-timers in this circus who represented the university with pure class.
We'll have plenty of content coming later, but for now you can whet your appetite on the SEC's Media Day page: http://www.secsports.com/sport_stats/football/mediaday/index.html -- they currently have quotes up and should b adding video shortly. More soon.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Greenstone breaks school record in hang clean
As a sequel to the workout video posted this morning of Chris Marve, Larry Smith, Sean Richardson and Warren Norman working out, here is a video from this afternoon's offseason workout where defensive tackle T.J. Greenstone set a new school record in the hang clean.
Greenstone topped his own school record of 405 lbs. in the lift by cleaning 410 lbs. this afternoon.
Marina Alex advances to second round of 108th North and South Women's Amateur
By A. Boggs
Rising junior and first team All-American Marina Alex won her first round match at the 108th North & South Women's Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C., 5-and-4 over Chihiro Ikeda of the Phillipines. Alex, the number four seed at the prestigious match play event, will take on Austin Ernst of Seneca, S.C., an LSU signee.
Alex had five birdies in her round today, including three out of her last five holes. The Wayne, N.J., native will tee off at 8:02 Eastern on Thursday.
Commodore signee Rene Sobolewski of Buffalo, N.Y., who qualified for match play on Tuesday in an 18-hole qualifier, dropped her first-round match to number three seed Lindy Duncan on Wednesday. Sobolewski will enroll at Vanderbilt in August.
For a look at the entire 64-person bracket, click here.
Vanderbilt football offseason training
With the 2010 football season on the horizon, members of Vanderbilt's football team have spent countless hours training in the weight room. John Sisk, Vanderbilt's director of speed, strength and conditioning recently shared this video of quarterback Larry Smith, safety Sean Richardson, linebacker Chris Marve and running back Warren Norman going through a boxing workout together.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
David Price meets Michelle Obama
While in Baltimore for a three-game series, David Price met first lady Michelle Obama at a youth clinic at Camden Yards today. The meeting was due to an initiative by MLB and the White House to combat child obesity.
Here is a video of David, shot by the Rays, showing her how to pitch:
And his thoughts on the clinic:
Linebacker Nate Campbell Returns to Football Team
The Vanderbilt football roster expanded Tuesday with news that former contributor Nate Campbell is back with the team after a one-year absence.
Campbell, an outside linebacker from Hazen, Ark., has been readmitted to the university and is eligible to play this season, his fourth in a Commodore uniform.
When the Commodores arrive for preseason camp in early August, Campbell will be one of the team's more experienced linebackers. Only returning starters Chris Marve and John Stokes have enjoyed more snaps than Campbell in the linebacker corps.
Campbell posted 16 total tackles while playing in all 25 games of the 2007-08 seasons.
Coach Caldwell on 104.5 at 1:30 today
Monday, July 19, 2010
Final NBA Summer League stats
Summer League play wrapped up Sunday in Las Vegas, with 2007 SEC Player of the Year Derrick Byars leading all former Vanderbilt players. Byars, who played with the Bulls, averaged 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in five games for the Bulls. A.J. Ogilvy also played for the Bulls this summer and averaged 1.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists in three games.
Jermaine Beal averaged 17.8 minutes per game in four games with the Miami Heat, and averaged 5.8 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
2008 SEC Player of the Year Shan Foster played in five games with the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas, and averaged 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per contest.
Coach Caldwell at Birmingham Reception Wednesday
Wednesday, July 21
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
SEC Roy Kramer Building (SEC office)
2201 Richard Arrington Boulevard North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Join Coach Caldwell and the Vanderbilt Birmingham Chapter for a cocktail reception in conjunction with SEC Media Days. Coach Caldwell will speak to the Chapter about the upcoming season of Commodore football and take questions from the group.
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
Cost: $20 per person
Click here to register by noon on July 19. Registration will also be available at the event.
Complimentary parking is available in the garage located at the
corner of 9th Avenue North and Richard Arrington Boulevard.
Please bring your ticket for validation when you sign in.
Questions? For more information, contact Debbie Corum, A&S '76.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Video: MBB summer weightlifting session
Most of the returning basketball players and two of the incoming freshmen participated in a weightlifting session at the McGugin Center weigh room on Monday, and we were there to catch it on video. Men's basketball strength coach Mark Davis put the guys through a gauntlet of movements, including bench press, power cleans, and push presses.
Davis puts the crew through strenuous workouts four days a week, and the results can be seen in the video.
Just a reminder, Vanderbilt basketball season tickets go on sale Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT on vucommodores.com and at the McGugin Center ticket office Friday morning.
Around the Web - Bobby Johnson retires
Bobby Johnson retires as Head Coach
Williamson Column: Bobby Johnson counted
Caldwell appointed Interim Head Coach
Video: Johnson retirement press conference
Video: Players react to Johnson's retirement
Quotes: Johnson retirement press conference
Tony Barnhart: Vandy, SEC lose with Johnson retiring
Stewart Mandel: Johnson did wonders for Vandy
Chris Low: Johnson leaves blueprint for Vanderbilt
Tennessean: Johnson's sudden retirement stuns team
Tennessean: VU turns to assistant Robbie Caldwell
Tennessean: Fans question Bobby Johnson's timing
Tennessean: Vanderbilt players learned quickly of decision
Tennessean: Vandy eats its own; ask Johnson
The City Paper: Johnson retires after eight seasons
The City Paper: Community stunned by Johnson's departure
WKRN: Fans react to Coach Johnson's retirement
WKRN: Johnson retirement lights up sports talk
Beal goes for 11 points in Heat Summer League win
By A. Boggs
Jermaine Beal once again logged big-time minutes for the Miami Heat Wednesday night in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas, but unlike the game on Tuesday, his team came away with a win - a 92-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Beal played 21 minutes, scored 11 points, dished out three assists, and had two rebounds in the Heat win. Beal was 2-for-6 from the floor, but converted all seven of his free throws. On Tuesday, the former Commodore point guard scored four points in 26 minutes of action in a loss to Golden State.
Derrick Byars logged nine minutes for the Bulls in a 79-50 win over the Clippers, but did not score. A.J. Ogilvy did not play in the game.
Newly minted Vanderbilt Hall of Fame member Shan Foster returns to the floor tonight against the Washington Wizards in Summer League action. The game tips at 8 p.m. Pacific time.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Price delivers at All-Star Game
"I felt like I just had Thanksgiving dinner and was trying to pitch," said Price, who started the game for the American League. "It was fun. I was out there sweating. I couldn't really feel anything, my hand was just drenched. My glove felt like it was going to fall off."
The former Commodore overcame his nerves and set the tone early by tossing two scoreless innings in front of 45,408 at Angel Stadium. Price threw 23 pitches (16 for strikes) and only surrendered one hit while striking out one. He was also the only player to register triple digits on the radar gun, according to Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports.
The National League won the game, 3-1, to earn their first All-Star victory since 1996.
More articles on Price's performance:
The Tampa Tribune: Price, Rays shine at All-Star Game
The Daily News Journal: All-Star debut for Price a huge success
MLB.com: All-Star memories will linger for Rays
The City Paper: Price cruises through All-Star start
Three Commodores in action Tuesday in Summer League
Three former Commodores saw playing time in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as Derrick Byars and A.J. Ogilvy suited up for the Bulls, while Jermaine Beal saw his first action of the summer with the Miami Heat.
Byars started for the Bulls in a 99-71 loss to the Denver Nuggets, played nearly 20 minutes and scored six points and grabbed four rebounds. Ogilvy played eight minutes, was 1-of-2 from the floor, and scored two points.
Beal played significant minutes for the Heat Tuesday in a 72-69 loss to Golden State. The DeSoto, Texas, native, who did not play in Miami's first game of the summer, played 26 minutes and scored four points, dished out two assists, and had one steal against the Warriors. He also had a plus/minus of +7 - which means while he was on the floor, the Heat scored seven more points than the Warriors. It was the highest total for any Heat player on the day.
The Bulls are back in action tonight against the Clippers at 8 p.m. pacific, and the Heat take on the Pistons at 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Photos: Hall of Fame announcement
Video: Hall of Fame reaction
Congratulations to Vanderbilt Athletics' 2010 Hall of Fame class (view complete list). The 10 newest members will be officially inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend September 3-5.
Ann Hutcheson Price, who played tennis at Vanderbilt from 1969-1971, and David Williams, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, were available to talk with reporters following the announcement earlier today on campus. Watch videos below:
Alex qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur, Keith misses by one stroke
By A. Boggs
Rising junior and first team All-American Marina Alex qualified for the U.S. Amateur on Monday after registering co-medalist honors at U.S. Amateur qualifying at the Haworth Country Club in Haworth, N.J. Alex, from Wayne, N.J., shot an even-under par 71, and tied Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., for first place in the qualifier.
Alex's hometown newspaper, northjersey.com, chronicled her trip around the Haworth course in this article. The U.S. Amateur is slated for August 9-15 at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina.
Anna Leigh Keith attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur on Tuesday at the Wanderer's Club in Wellington, Fla, but missed the cut by one stroke. Keith shot a 73.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Price named AL starter for All-Star Game
At 24, Price will be the youngest pitcher to start in the Midsummer Classic since 23-year-old Dwight Gooden of the Mets earned the nod for the NL in 1988.
The young lefty is tied for the AL lead with 12 wins and has a 2.42 ERA.
Former women's golf great Chris Brady competes on Big Break Sandals
By A. Boggs
Former women's golf standout Chris Brady is competing on the Golf Channel's Big Break reality series this year and is still alive after three rounds of cuts. Brady, who earned a conditional LPGA card in 2008, is competing at the Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, with 10 other golfers for two professional tour exemptions.
If you're not familiar with the Big Break reality show, here's a quick synopsis from the Golf Channel's website.
The hit reality show is back and this season, eleven female golfers compete against each other for the chance at two professional Tour tournament exemptions. Despite the tropical setting, it won’t be all fun and games in paradise. The familiar skills-based challenges return to test the ladies’ abilities and the drama is heightened when the women must all live together in the same island villa.
A new episode of the show airs tonight at 8 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel.
For more information on the series and when you can catch Chris in action, click here.
NBA Summer League stats of interest
Two former Commodores, Shan Foster and Jermaine Beal, each suited up for their first NBA Summer League game over the weekend for their respective teams, the Mavs and the Heat.
Foster, a 2008 2nd round pick of Dallas, scored six points on 2-of-4 shooting in an 88-70 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, and two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 14 minutes of action in the Mavs' 87-78 loss to the Rockets on Saturday. Foster and the Mavs play the Bucks Monday at 5 p.m. pacific time in their next game.
Beal's Heat team defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 77-72, but Beal did not play (Coach's Decision). The Heat take on Golden State on Tuesday night in their next matchup.
Former Commodores Derrick Byars and A.J. Ogilvy begin Summer League play with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday against the Nuggets.
For a complete rundown of Summer League action, click here.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Four Commodores ready for NBA Summer League in Vegas
By A. Boggs
Four former Commodore players are preparing for NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas, with play beginning on Friday and lasting through Sunday, July 18th.
A.J. Ogilvy and Derrick Byars, who will both play with the Bulls this summer, will tip off their summer season at 1 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, July 13, when Chicago takes on the Denver Nuggets. The game can be seen live on NBA TV. Other games for the summer for Chicago include a game with the Clippers on 5 p.m. on July 14 (NBA TV), a matchup with the Clippers at 5:30 on July 16, and a game against Portland on July 18 at 3 p.m. (NBA TV).
Jermaine Beal, who just latched on with the Miami Heat's Vegas team, will play New Orleans at 7 p.m. on July 11 (NBA TV), against Golden State at 7:30 p.m. on July 13, versus Detroit at 7:30 p.m. on July 14, against Milwaukee on July 16 at 7:30 p.m., and against Cleveland at 3 p.m. on July 17 (NBA TV).
Shan Foster will once again suit up this summer for the Mavericks, who drafted the 2008 SEC Player of the Year in the second round of that year's draft. Foster and the Mavericks will play against Denver on July 9 at 1 p.m. (NBA TV), on July 10 against Houston at 7 p.m. (NBA TV), on July 12 against Milwaukee at 5 p.m. (NBA TV), on July 15 against the Wizards at 5 p.m. (NBA TV) and on July 18 against Sacramento at 5 p.m. (NBA TV).
Stay tuned to the blog for further updates on these former Commodores, and click here for the complete NBA Summer League schedule.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Stallings summer quotes
Head coach Kevin Stallings spoke with media during the annual SEC men's basketball summer teleconference earlier this week. Read below to find out what he had to say about the upcoming season.
"We're looking forward to the year. Now is the time for them to be getting better as individuals. We're excited about the guys we have coming back. We know we lost a couple of significant players, but we're looking forward to the year. We think we have the makings of a good team, and hopefully it will play out that way."
On the difficulty of replacing a veteran point guard and post player:
"I think what you hope to do is have them replaced, so you don't have to replace them with freshman. We have some guys in waiting that we think can play and be effective, and hopefully that's what will happen.
"Brad Tinsley's been in our program for two years. We think he's a very capable point guard. He's played the 2 for us mostly, but we think he has a chance to be a very good point guard. Festus (Ezeli) has been in our program for three years now, so hopefully he can alleviate some of the loss of A.J. (Ogilvy)."
On Jeff Taylor as an NBA prospect:
"Jeff's a very good player, and very, very good NBA prospect. It would not surprise us at all if this were Jeff's last year in our program because I think he's that well thought of, and deservedly so.
On SEC Tournament basketball seeding structure:
"I was fairly neutral (on the topic at the SEC spring meetings), and honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal. I would have been okay if we had done it, and also okay not doing it.
"We really just had more discussion about the SEC Tournament than we did about anything else. We weren't really talking about eliminating divisions or anything like that. I think those of us in the East, even though we know what a brutal proposition it is night in and night out in the league, we enjoy being in what we feel like is the toughest division in college basketball."
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Baseball summer league update
Twenty-one members of the Vanderbilt baseball team are currently busy playing in summer leagues across the country. 13 of the 21 are playing in the northeast right now as nine of them are in the Cape Cod League while four of them are playing in the New England Collegiate League.
See the list below to track the Commodores progress throughout the summer.
Sonny Gray* - USA Baseball National Team - * reports on July 5
Cape Cod League | Stats
Joe Loftus – Orleans Firebirds
Riley Reynolds – Chatham Anglers
Curt Casali – Cotuit Kettleers
Mike Yastrzemski – Cotuit Kettleers
Jack Armstrong – Wareham Gatemen
Will Clinard – Orleans Firebirds
Jason Esposito – Orleans Firebirds
Grayson Garvin – Bourne Braves
Aaron Westlake – Chatham Anglers
Prospect League | Stats
Navery Moore – Nashville Outlaws
Bryan Johns – Nashville Outlaws
Drew Fann – Nashville Outlaws
New England Collegiate League | Stats
Regan Flaherty – Sanford Mainers
Connor Harrell – Newport Gulls
Anthony Gomez – Sanford Mainers
Keenan Kolinsky – New Bedford Bay Sox
Northwoods League | Stats
Sam Selman – Mankato Moondogs
Valley League | Stats
Mark Lamm – Waynesboro Generals
Florida Collegiate League | Stats
Nate Gonzalez – Sanford River Rats
Atlantic Collegiate League | Stats
Andrew Harris – North Fork Ospreys
June issue of Commodore Nation
The June issue of Commodore Nation is now available online by clicking below.
Included in this issues is a collection of the 2009-10 images of the year. There are also stories on shortstop Brian Harris, running backs Warren Norman and Zac Stacy, the charitable work of former Commodore Darius Coulibaly, women's tennis player Hannah Blatt and much more.
To view more archived issues, click here.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
2010 football posters
Just a follow-up to David Rutz's story on Vanderbilt's marketing campaign for the 2010 football season.
Here's a look at the four schedule posters, which match the players featured in the commercial campaign -- Warren Norman, Jamie Graham, Brandon Barden, and Zac Stacy.
Pick up your favorite design at the McGugin Center Ticket Office during regular business hours, or at summer promotional events in Nashville.
Click here for season ticket information.
Ogilvy, Beal secure NBA Summer League roster spots
Former Commodores will get very familiar with each other this summer in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. A.J. Ogilvy, who went undrafted, will play with former VU great Derrick Byars for the Chicago Bulls this summer, while Jermaine Beal, who was also undrafted, will play with Shan Foster for the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas. Beal was invited as a mini-camp invitee.
Play begins in Vegas for Beal and Foster on July 9, while Byars and Ogilvy begin summer play on July 13.
Click here for more info on the NBA Summer Leagues.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Video: Heavyweights or Bash Brothers?
I caught up with Adam Smotherman and TJ Greenstone during a summer photo shoot in the weightroom to see what they were up to. The two interior defensive linemen were having some fun with the event as they tested the waters of singing Darius Rucker's "Alright" karaoke style. See video below (and check out David Rutz's feature on the duo).
The second video clip is with Vanderbilt professional staff photographer, John Russell. JR gets a quick lift in before the next photo shoot.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Video: Football summer conditioning
The Vanderbilt football team is in their third week of summer workouts. I ventured outside to the John Rich Practice Complex behind McGugin to watch the Commodores go through some of the workouts. See the video below to see the Commodores going through the drills.
Vanderbilt’s NBA Draft history
With the 2010 NBA Draft taking place at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN tonight, let’s take a look back at Vanderbilt’s NBA Draft history.
Since 1950, Vanderbilt has had 33 players selected in the NBA Draft. Billy Joe Adcock was the first Commodore selected in 1950 by Fort Wayne and Shan Foster was the most recent player to hear his name called when he was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by Dallas.
Will another Commodore hear his name called tonight? Jermaine Beal and A.J. Ogilvy certainly hope so. Either way, the two Commodores have professional careers ahead of them no matter what happens tonight.
The NBA Draft is comprised of two rounds and there are a total of 60 players selected. Three teams, Charlotte, Cleveland and Denver, are without draft picks.
Year Player - Team Round
2008 Shan Foster - Dallas 2nd
2007 Derrick Byars - Portland (Traded to Philadelphia) 2nd
2004 Matt Freije - Miami 2nd
2000 Dan Langhi - Dallas (Traded to Houston) 2nd
1989 Frank Kornet - Milwaukee 2nd
1988 Will Perdue - Chicago 1st (11th pick)
1987 Glen Clem - New York 5th
1984 Jeff Turner - New Jersey 1st (7th pick)
1981 Charles Davis - Washington 2nd
Mike Rhodes - San Antonio 5th
1980 Tommy Springer - Denver 7th
1976 Butch Feher - Phoenix 2nd
Jeff Fosnes - Golden State 4th
1974 Jan van Breda Kolff - Portland 2nd
Terry Compton - Kansas City-Omaha 4th
Bill Ligon - Detroit 10th
1973 Steve Turner - Boston 10th
Rod Freeman - Philadelphia 11th
1971 Thorpe Weber - Boston 6th
1970 Perry Wallace - Philadelphia 5th
1969 Tom Hagan - San Francisco 3rd
Bob Bundy - Atlanta 7th
1968 Bob Warren - Atlanta 4th
Bo Wyenandt - Cincinnati 10th
1967 Jerry Southwood - Baltimore 18th
1966 Clyde Lee - San Francisco 1st (3rd pick)
Keith Thomas - Los Angeles 6th
1961 Bill Depp - Boston 3rd
1959 Jim Henry - Minneapolis 6th
1957 Al Rochelle - St. Louis 5th
1954 Dan Finch - Minneapolis N/A
1951 George Kelley - Indianapolis N/A
1950 Billy Joe Adcock - Fort Wayne N/A
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Video: John Cole summer interview
VUcommodores.com caught up with Vanderbilt sophomore wide receiver John Cole before summer conditioning at the John Rich Practice Complex on Monday. See video below.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Curran, Snedeker at four-over par after round one of U.S. Open
Vanderbilt alums Jon Curran and Brandt Snedeker both shot a four-over par, 75, in their first trip around Pebble Beach on Thursday at the U.S. Open. Both are in contention to make the cut, which is projected to be around seven or eight over par.
Snedeker will tee off at 8:39 am Pacific time, while Curran will have to wait until 2:42 for his second round.
You can follow the scores in a multitude of places around the web, but here's a link to the official site, USGA.com.
Alex finishes second at Women's Eastern Amateur
By A. Boggs
Vanderbilt rising junior Marina Alex finished the Women's Eastern Amateur in second place with a final round total of 216 (71-75-70), finishing four strokes behind Brittany Altomare, who went wire-to-wire for the victory.
Alex fired a 70 in her final round on Thursday at the Shackamaxon Golf & Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., which tied for the low round of the day with Altomare, who also fired a third-round 70.
Here's a blog from NorthJersey.com's Andy Vasquez describing Marina's push for the championship:
Wayne’s Marina Alex put plenty of pressure on Brittany Altomare. But Altomare’s putter never faltered.
Altomare used a final round, 2-under 70 to finish at 4-under par for the tournament and hold off Alex, who finished four shots back at even par 216 for the 54-hole tournament.
Alex, a rising junior at Vanderbilt, didn’t make it easy on Altomare, who will be a sophomore at Virginia next season. With Altomare leading by three shots on the 16th hole, Alex chipped in from about 25 feet for birdie. But Altomare calmly answered with a 10 foot birdie putt of her own. Altomare then saved par from 10 feet on the 16th hole and made a 12-footer for birdie on 17, to seal the tournament.
Alex struck the ball well all day, but seemingly couldn’t get a putt to drop until it was too late. She made a 30 footer to save par on the 18th hole, and stay at par for the tournament.
For the complete scoreboard from the tournament, click here.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Alex stays in second after two rounds of Women's Eastern
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Alex in second at Eastern Women's Golf Association Amateur
By A. Boggs
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Baseball is No. 1 in APR
Last week we reported the news of Vanderbilt's impressive Academic Progress Report success. Fourteen of our 16 varsity sports scored perfect 1,000 statistical marks.
USA Today just ran a story that showed that our tremendous baseball team had the nation's best APR score (1,000) of any Top 25 rated program. Georgia Tech was second, Texas came in third.
Our women's basketball team posted the seventh best APR score in that sport's Top 25 with a solid 990 total. Georgia's women's team achieved a 1,000 mark in a tabulation that factors progress toward a degree (eligibility) with retention of each student-athlete of the roster for each semester of the school year.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Coping with a cooker on the courts
By Ryan Schulz
With temperatures hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk and no immediate break in the heat in sight, Nashvillians have been forced to find ways to stay cool during these hot summer days.
Some have been fortunate to avoid the scorching temperatures by staying indoors, but others are forced to deal with the heat on a daily basis. Among the activities that have been affected by the extreme heat include Vanderbilt’s many camps that are taking place right now.
On Monday, Amanda Hara of News Channel 5 stopped by Vanderbilt’s tennis camp to visit with men’s tennis coach Ian Duvenhage and some campers to see how they are handling the heat.
Click here to view the video.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Final: Florida State 7, Vanderbilt 6
The game has been stopped for a minimum of 30 minutes as lightning was detected in the immediate area. The tarp is being put on the field as this is being posted. The start of the waiting period is 4:07 pm (eastern). So you are looking at the earliest possible time would be 4:37 pm.
No truth whatsoever to the rumor that Corbs told the umpiring crew that Vanderbilt would play through it.
Sunday baseball starting lineup vs. FSU
By Travis Young
Live from Dick Howser Stadium
Weather Report: It's another blistering hot day at Dick Howser Stadium. It's already 95 degrees at the ballpark with the field temp over 100 degrees for the third straight day. Winds are blowing from the North at 7-9 mph.
Here is Vanderbilt's lineup for the championship game of the NCAA Super Regional vs. Florida State. The winner of today's game advances to the College World Series in Omaha, starting on June 19th.
1. Brian Harris SS
2. Anthony Gomez 2B
3. Aaron Westlake 1B
4. Jason Esposito 3B
5. Curt Casali DH
6. Joe Loftus RF
7. Mike Yastrzemski LF
8. Andrew Giobbi C
9. Connor Harrell CF
-- Jack Armstrong SP
VU goes with the same guys in the lineup as yesterday while moving Loftus and Yaz up in the batting order.
The Commodores will send righthander Jack Armstrong to the bump today to face the Seminoles. Armstrong (7-3, 4.32 ERA) has 49 strikeouts and 38 walks in 77.0 innings this year while opponents are hitting .285 off him. As Eric "the Stooche" Jones reported yesterday, Jack has had some tough luck thus far in the post-season, but you might choose to look at the last time he pitched in his native Sunshine State. It was back on April 4, when Armstrong threw six shutout innings to get his fourth win of the year against Florida in Gainesville.
After starting a pair of left-handers in the first two games of the Super Regional, FSU will counter with right-hander Geoff Parker (4-1, 4.94 ERA) on Sunday. Parker threw in Friday night's Super Regional game against the Commodores, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief. Parker is making his 30th appearance of the year on Sunday. He has 67 strikeouts and 38 walks in 74.2 innings this season.
Groundhog Day in Tallahassee
By Eric Jones
I will acknowledge that it may be an obscure reference to some (the title), but stay with me. In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman who is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day and finds himself caught in a maddening loop where everyday he wakes up and relives that fateful day. The Commodores are hoping to live the same way today in the deciding game of the Super Regional Championship as they did yesterday...but in a good way.
Superstition has seemingly always been part of the game of baseball. Teammates have been known to assault the olfactory senses of teammates by wearing the same sweaty undershirts, socks and other unmentionables when on a hot streak. Undoubtedly some of these same things are going on within the Vanderbilt clubhouse, but you can't blame them.
Superstition was very evident at the team hotel this morning. Roommates took morning showers in the same order, they filed into the elevator to the lobby in the same order on their way to breakfast and several even called the same people on their cell phones. I was personally asked to hum and sing the same song I did yesterday morning on the way down the hallway to the elevator (Love of a Lifetime by the '80's hairband Firehouse and no, I have no explanation as to why I did it yesterday). When you are one game away from the College World Series you don't ask why, you just do it. Most of you would too.
So everyone does their part. I opened the player/pass gate at 11:03 local time (just like yesterday). The Commodores are the home team and in the first base dugout just like yesterday. Our fans' tickets are in the same places as yesterday, all in the hopes of helping the team in some small way to win this Super Regional.
A quick perusal of the pass list, finds interesting names like the Mark Lamm and Richie Goodenow creations of Charlie Clutchman and Alligator Suitcase. I don't know if they are fictional, but by being here in spirit they may have been part of the baseball karma. Attempts were made to find Bill Murray, a big baseball fan, but then we reconsidered as he is a huge Cubs fan. That's too much bad luck!
How to follow VU-FSU game - 12 p.m. CT
It all comes down to this....
After splitting the first two games of the series, Vanderbilt and Florida State will play for the right to go to the College World Series today at Noon CT inside Dick Howser Stadium.
The Commodores will send sophomore right-hander Jack Armstrong (7-3, 4.32 ERA) to the mound, while the Seminoles' starter is expected to be junior right-hander Geoff Parker (4-1, 4.94).
The game will be televised on ESPN and can also be seen online via ESPN3.com. You can also tune into Joe Fisher's radio call on 560 AM and VUCommodores.com.
For score updates, follow @VandyBaseball on Twitter, or track live stats at VUcommodores.com.
Tallahassee Super Regional (Best 2 of 3)
Friday: Florida State 9, Vanderbilt 8
Saturday: Vanderbilt 6, Florida State 2
Sunday: Noon CT (ESPN)
Sunday morning Super Regional news
Let's take a trip Around the Web to get the latest news on the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional.
*Official Game 2 Recaps: Vanderbilt | Florida State
*Vanderbilt baseball team improves to 4-0 in elimination games (Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean)
*Vanderbilt needs this run of good fortune as the home team to continue one more day (Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean)
*Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin combine to shut down Florida State (Jimmy Jones, College Baseball Insider)
*Joe Loftus' impressive sixth-inning throw might be the biggest play of VU's season (Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee Democrat)
*Omaha is on the line for Vanderbilt and FSU (Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee Democrat)
*Florida State starter Brian Busch had his longest outing of the year (Corey Clark, Tallahassee Democrat)
*Vanderbilt battles back to even series (Garry Smits, The Florida Times-Union)
*Inside look at the Super Regional results from around the country (Kendall Rogers, Rivals.com)
NCAA Super Regional Results (Best 2 of 3) - view scores
Vanderbilt and Florida State tied at 1-1
 Texas and TCU tied at 1-1
 Virginia leads Oklahoma, 1-0
Alabama leads Clemson, 1-0
 Florida defeated Miami, 2-0 (Gators advance to Omaha)
 UCLA and Fullerton tied at 1-1
South Carolina leads  Coastal Carolina, 1-0
 Arizona State leads Arkansas, 1-0