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Alabama is 6-10.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Here’s The Skinny On SEC Tourney Possibilities
If I'm not mistaken, the only official tweet from DIRECTV is this:
DIRECTV is still in negotiations to bring SEC Network to customers. Check http://directv.com for updates as season gets closer
2 weeks, 1 day ago on DirecTV Emails About SEC Network Only Confirm What We’ve Been Telling You From Day One
A nine-game conference schedule should help starting in 2016.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on SEC Leads Nation In Football Attendance; Here’s Each School’s 5-Year Average
@John at MrSEC Here's an adult statement:
Your site, your rules, but you need to take a LONG, hard look in the mirror if you're gonna blow up in response to an innocuous, non-profane comment regarding your unsolicited suggestion about who Vanderbilt should hire. My word, simply ignore it if you don't like it.
So terribly sorry to have annoyed you.
1 month ago on Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)
Also, here are Vandy's recruiting rankings under James Franklin.
2013 - 26 (247Sports); 19 (Rivals); 2012 - 47 (247); 29 (Rivals); 2011 - 56 (247), 71 (Rivals)
In all seriousness, if Saban is interested, I'm sure Jimmy Sexton has David Williams' phone number.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hard To Argue With Mason, But It Would Have Been Fun To See Vandy Chase A Proven Head Coach
Very much in agreement. I'm much more interested in finding the right guy to build the recruiting classes in 2015, 2016, 2017, etc., than acting rashly for the sake of a single class.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach
More power to him. He'll just have to adjust a few lines: "There are only 3 conferences that matter: the AFC, the NFC, and the SEC" doesn't have the same punch for him right now, if I had to guess.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State
Hopefully Schiano will be considered for Stanford's DC position...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Coordinator Shoop Heading To Penn State With Franklin, But We Know Who VU Should Pursue
The Sugar Bowl conundrum. For Alabama (vs. Oklahoma, Utah) and Florida (vs. Louisville), the SEC representative is more often than not disappointed to be going to New Orleans, and they're often playing a team that's thrilled to be there.
2 months ago on Sugar Bowl Not So Sweet For Alabama
"But he is known to be familiar with Franklin through a mutual association with the late former East Stroudsburg assistant coach and Hershey native Gary Garver and his family."
The AD doesn't know Franklin, but he knew one of the assistants at ESU who has since passed away. Okay...
I'm not saying there isn't a natural fit there, but THAT is the source in a non-opinon piece of journalism????
2 months ago on Report: James Franklin Tops List Of Penn State Coaching Candidates
@John at MrSEC @FCDore Wouldn't think you're a jerk for not responding. You certainly aren't obligated to respond in the comments section to your readers' thoughts/objections.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 12/19/2013
@John at MrSEC @FCDore I wasn't aware this was an effort to make me "yield," though it's your site and I certainly don't begrudge you your opinions!
Of course our AD wants Vandy fans to buy as many tickets as we can -- to every Commodore event. Not sure what that has to do with anything here -- though he could do a better job with our OOC schedule if he wants more people in the stands.
Not saying we're Notre Dame, but I think you're confusing history with the best choice in the present. Based on history and tradition, of course the Gator Bowl's selection of Georgia makes sense...now and forever more. But I think even you would admit that Vanderbilt would have sold more tickets and brought more out-of-town fans than UGA is going to bring for this bowl rematch in a stadium they already travel to every year for a more important game -- I'm not the only one suggesting that, by the way. So economically, it was a poor decision by the Gator Bowl. But wait, I thought economics were driving the bowls' decisions?
Oh, but Vandy's TV ratings are awful. A chicken-and-egg thing. In our primetime opener vs. another mid-tier SEC team (Ole Miss), our ratings were great: higher than Clemson - NC State got in the same Thursday slot a few weeks later. On September 14, our game at South Carolina had more viewers than the Auburn - Mississippi State game going on at the same time, and our November 23 game vs. downtrodden Tennessee drew more viewers than almighty Georgia's game vs. Kentucky.
So we'll have to agree to disagree on the prescription. Selling out our stadium and, once again, bringing many more fans than our opponent to a lower-tier bowl game, won't move the needle. What will? Being given a chance at a bigger bowl and bringing a ton of fans to THAT game. Our chances of being given that opportunity improve starting next year. A good thing for Vanderbilt. I wonder what the attendance and TV ratings would compare to us for a Georgia or Florida in similar bowls versus the same non-traveling opponents we've played: Boston College, Cincinnati, NC State, and Houston.
Again, I enjoy reading your site and certainly recognize your right to opine on any and all topics. But allowing comments means others might just voice opinions that differ from yours. You don't have to engage; you can simply ignore, but in this case, I do not yield.
Best wishes for continued success in 2014.
@John at MrSEC Thanks again for responding.
I'm not ignoring your point about TV audience (I think I even mention it above), but it's separate from your admonitions to the Vanderbilt fan base. Nothing we can do about that, especially if we aren't shown in the prime 3:30 CBS / 7:45 ESPN windows that provide the best opportunities for high ratings. That's a chicken-and-egg thing: Vanderbilt has horrible ratings...on CSS, SECTV and ESPNU. Where we disagree is your stance that having 40k for a home game against Wake Forest instead of 33k will force the bigger bowl committees to wake up. I think that's naive and simply wrong.
Word is out today that Georgia will sell only 7,500 tickets of its allotment (with the SEC eating the loss and other schools suffering as the year-end payout is reduced), and the Nebraska fans that you cite above as taking over a bowl site can't even support a single charter flight for the game. The Gator Bowl had every opportunity, and even a logical reason (same record, head-to-head victory) to take Vanderbilt and its excited fan base that would have infused the local economy with more hotel and restaurant dollars than day-trippers from Savannah will, but they just couldn't do it...nor will they unless the decision is taken away from them. That's my point: what needs to happen for a Vanderbilt team to get selected over another SEC team with a comparable record isn't for fans to fill up the smallest home stadium in the SEC, as you instruct us to do, it's for the authority to be simply be taken away from the bowls. Next year, it is for a group of 6 bowls. And I'm thrilled that's the case.
Obviously, the best solution is for Vandy to win the SEC Championship and make this discussion moot. I suspect we'll take a step back next year, but hopefully that's in the not-too-distant future.
@John at MrSEC @FCDore You're smarter than this, John, and you most certainly have not tried to be nice.
Here's what you instructed Commodore fans to do:"Want a better bowl trip? Show the bowls that you’ll support your team."
Please. As you separately note, TV ratings also matter, so you contradict your own prescription. We've done exceedingly well for a third consecutive bowl, but despite the fact that there's a tiny correlation (if any) between home attendance and bowl attendance for private schools, it doesn't matter.
Deep down, I think you know that. You just felt the need to write tell Vandy fans what to do, I suppose.
My definitive explanation? Again, I think we've said much the same thing: Vanderbilt is the only private school in the SEC, located in an urban center (with pro teams) in the same state whose flagship university is also an SEC member, with the league's smallest enrollment and, by extension, the league's smallest and most geogaphically dispersed alumni network. Ask Northwestern how hard it's been to fill up a small stadium despite being located in a densely populated area despite a fairly consistent record of success. It's not feasible for fans to fly in from New York or Boston to see Vandy play Kentucky, but they'll convene for a once-a-year bowl trip. The Gator Bowl made an idiotic choice to select Georgia, but you and I both know they'd make the same choice again and again...irrespective of what our home attendance is and the fact that we've sold out our side of Legion Field for a game against freaking Houston.
Vandy needs to catch a break and be given a chance by a "better" bowl. That won't happen as long as those bowls have other SEC options and control the selection, which is why I'm delighted to see the SEC office assume control over the Outback, Gator, Music City, Belk, Texas, and Liberty Bowls. Our chances improve significantly, and if we continue to win on the field, I am 100% confident that the Gator or Outback Bowls would have more Vandy fans then than Georgia and LSU fans they'll have this year.
I'm sure this will be the tipping point and bowl committees will fall over themselves to invite the Commodores instead of teams that can't sell their allotments (Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, etc.)
Dec. 19, 2013
"Vanderbilt Athletics and BBVA Compass Bowl officials announced that all
reserved seating on the East side of Legion Field has been sold for the January
4 tilt between the Commodores and the University of Houston. Vanderbilt sold
through its initial 10,000 ticket allotment within the first five days following
the bowl announcement and has been working with bowl officials to continue to
expand on the Vanderbilt block on the East side of the stadium. Moving forward,
tickets sold through the Vanderbilt Ticket Office will be placed in Commodore
sections on the West side of Legion Field. "We have been working closely with
BBVA Compass Bowl officials to secure the best possible seating on the West side
of the stadium so that our fans can enjoy the game with other Commodore
supporters," Associate Athletic Director Steve Walsh said, "Our goal is to fill
the entire stadium with Black & Gold and create a great atmosphere for our
team." Vanderbilt fans are encouraged to continue to purchase their tickets
through the Vanderbilt ticket office by calling 615-322-GOLD (4653) or online at
Vanderbilt Bowl Central."
A brief blurb from a Vanderbilt press release earlier today:
Dec. 13, 2013
Vanderbilt Athletics has sold through the initial allotment of 10,000 tickets to the BBVA Compass Bowl and will be working with bowl officials to secure additional seating in the Commodore ticket block, athletics officials announced Friday afternoon.
Fans will still be able to purchase tickets through the Vanderbilt Ticket Office to secure their seats for the Jan 4 bowl in Birmingham pitting the 8-4 Commodores and 8-4 Houston Cougars.
This marks the fourth consecutive bowl game that Vanderbilt has sold through the assigned ticket allotment. Those postseason appearances are the 2008 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 2012 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and upcoming BBVA Compass Bowl.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of This Year’s SEC Bowl Slate
@sojourner Good idea. You should absolutely make that bet!
How could I have forgotten that LSU can't move its bowl tickets, either?
@DellengerAdv: #LSU last yr sold 10,500 of its allotted 16,000 Chick-fil-A Bowl tix. School had to eat price of 5,500. Will likely have to do same this yr.
One prize will be given away over the next 14 days exclusively to fans who purchase tickets to the 2014 Outback Bowl to see No. 14 LSU take on Iowa on Jan. 1 in Tampa.
@John at MrSEC@John at MrSEC The world doesn't hate Vanderbilt, it just doesn't like us. To quote myself above, there are "a host of reasons" why the bowls don't want us. The irritation is seeing you write the same stuff we already hear and pat yourself on the back as if you're uncovering some great secret. All things equal, we will almost never be selected over another available SEC team by the bowls themselves, which is why I'm excited about the significant shift in power from the bowls to the conferences that starts next year. As Slive stated in the press release:
“This bowl process gives us the best opportunity to address several issues that impact SEC fans, including the creation of intriguing matchups, the accommodation of travel for fans, reduced ticket obligations for our schools and a variety of assignments to help prevent repetitive postseason destinations,” said Slive.
The majority of those factors stated by the commissioner work in our favor (Georgia-Nebraska for a second consecutive year is not an intriguing matchup, reduced ticket obligations takes care of the incorrect perception that we can't move our allotments, and a variety of assignments should help a team whose bowl destinations from 2011-2013 were Memphis, Nashville, and Birmingham). Time will tell, but your exhortation to gosh darn it, sell out our stadium and keep selling out our allotments to bowl games while our SEC brethren don't isn't just tiresome, it's also guaranteed to be ineffective in swaying the bowls themselves. The only thing that can help is if the SEC Office steps in on our behalf. Starting next year, they have the opportunity to do so.
Enjoy reading the site, the junior-high girl-esque "Hmmmm" aside.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Vandy Fans, Once Again, Let’s Talk About Bowl Selections (And SEC TV Ratings)