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Besides being great for Caro and Serena, this is good for women's tennis. Maria and Bouchard each made comments recetnly about not wanting friends was really witchy and I'm getting tired of both of them. that attitude is bad for women's professionalism. 


Really impressed with Serena (whose non tennis things I have had issue with in the past) for stepping up to support Caro who just must have been in the depths of despair. I wasn't a big fan of Caro's either but what a trooper. Very happy for both of them. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/photos-video/2014/11/video-serena-and-wozniacki-skating-and-styling/53221/

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I had never heard of Rogers before.  Glad to see a young American woman coming up and glad she was able to zone out the support for Genie. (always thought that would be the hardest thing to handle when support is only on one player)

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/08/they-said-what-rogers/52370/

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Very nice article. I wasn't a big fan of hers until Serena said that Vika is a worthy opponent. That intrigued me so I took a second look and I admit I do like her (except for the noise). A fierce competitor that doesn't need to come across as angry or belligerant. Looks like she used her time off very wisely. Hope she can stay injury free and let us watch her on court. 

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/06/fresh-perspective/51840/

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update - actually the more I think about it, his coming to the game really was great and maybe that was his way of saying what I thought he needed to. Looks like he had some nice interactions with Vandy fans when he wasn't sure how it would go. Very cool for Corbin to invite him.

6 months ago on Ex-Coach Franklin Tries To Get Back Into Vandy Fans’ Good Graces

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I'd say about 85% of the Vandy fans DO love Franklin for what he did for us. I absolutely love him and always will but don't understand the way he left. He was exactly what we needed - belief that we could and should be respected in football. The remaining fans 15% who will always hate Franklin are also the ones that are still mad at Bobby Johnson for leaving at such time that we couldn't to search for a coach. Again, most love Johnson for being a fabulous recruiter finding hidden stars. We are going through a great progression of coaches giving us what we needed when we needed it. Now we have incredible coaches in Mason and company.


No problem with him going to PSU either- his home state school was in crisis so it makes sense he would want to go there. All he had to do what say that. And really if recruits wanted to follow him that is ok too if they initiate contact after Franklin was formally announced. The main issue I, and most I have spoken with is the 4 days between when he signed with PSU and when he would tell Williams he was leaving. During that time -on our money -the he told the recruits to decommit and he planned taking of all our coaches but one. "They ARE ...Vanderbilt" Highly unethical. and Williams and his wife still act as his daughters grandparents! Corbin and Williams are still such close friends with Franklin I just don't understand how someone could do that to a place that did so much for him. His two mantras are "its all about relationships" and "its starts with I love you and it ends with I love you". but he failed to use it at the most important time. It's easy to leave a place the right way; just be honest and thankful.


Still easy to fix.  A 15 second verbal statement to Vandy thanking us for his time with us and first head coaching job, saying he loved Vandy and Nashville, and saying that he realizes now that he perhaps didn't do right by Vandy in the WAY he left. that simple gesture would be huge. We want to be able to celebrate his part in our accent in football. A shout out to PSU fans - they were terrific and many were shocked how this was handled. I also feel sorry for the recruits that did decommit but were  not picked up by PSU, hope they are happy where they landed.

6 months ago on Ex-Coach Franklin Tries To Get Back Into Vandy Fans’ Good Graces

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wow what an amazing tournament. I'm sure the top 4 will win more Slams but so exciting to see the new ladies of tennis. Muguruza, Schmiedlova, Townsend, Bouchard, Halep, and Ivanovic getting back - the future of Women's tennis looks great.... and they seem really likable. Great stuff.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/05/roland-garros-muguruza-d-s-williams/51582/

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Have to brag - more good news. This is the highest Vandy recruiting class ranked academically in 5 years and Lealeo is the highest rated guy ever to commit to Vandy. Thrilled thrilled thrilled. In 2 weeks! Wow.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)

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I am thrilled with what Mason has done in 2 weeks - ranking-wise better than Franklins first year and in a third of the time. Also it looks like he was going for a certain type of build or body type, same as Stanford. I think all Vandy fans are extremely happy. I think Mason and other coaches will do a tremendous job. He has won me over.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)

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Just saw a comment from a reporter that covers Vandy who said that former players and students DO have access to McGuigan facilities and the new indoor facilities at certain times. In addition for pro days prep they can use also. So it sounds like either Rodgers didn't try to get access the proper way or time or maybe the kid working the desk didn't know Rodgers could use it. But worst case (which doesnt appear to be true) say Vandy wouldn't let them use the facilities, Rodgers should have complained to management internally not done the twitter novel. I think Rodgers was mistaken that he couldn't use facilities and horribly mistaken that twitter was the way to fix a non problem. Follow the rules Jordan.good luck buddy.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Former Vandy QB Rodgers Eviscerates Alma Mater Right Before Signing Day

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Nice  article and a good lesson for all. Just a few observations a few days later when heads have cooled:

1) everyone I know is so thankful for what he did at Vandy. He was just what we needed to start to believe and change our attitudes about what we could, no should, be in football in the SEC. What he gave us is what had to come before the next step. I will always be grateful. While the size of the fan base maybe an issue, no doubt he took the fans and made them crazy fans! Andhow aboutour bowl attendance! Us out of town alums showed up.

2) everyone understands why he went to PSU - he is from Pa. probably his dream as a kid. It just didn't match the dream he told us (to be a legend) and really that is ok too.

3) everyone is hurt and shocked at how he handled his exit. He never said anything to us - thanks for my first job, loved VAndy and Nashville, etc. Pretty common things to do when you leave a job. There is also the issue of what he was doing while on Vandy $ and while he would not tell Williams that he had made a decision, when we knew he had. (Will be interesting to see if more comes on the pay while doing other work) Not just FRanklin, but so many coaches handle the exit terribly - advise to any young folks out there - always say goodbye with thanks, class and kindness.  Also an absolute shock that he instantly got 50% of our recruits to decommit within hours of his speech at PSU. To the credit of more than a few PSU fans, some where a bit concerned about what Franklin was doing to VAndy AND to their existing recruits.  He acted like he was mad at us! and we offered him $50 million. Really very very strange exit.


I think Williams (one of the best Ads by the way) will get us a great coach and we will be fine. I bet some of the 50% of our recruits that Franklin got to decommit come back to Vandy. I thought that if we got 2-3 more years of Franklin and announced the stadium thing (in the works) we would see a big jump in season ticket holders. I still think it will happen this year or next. Wonder if JF will kind of regret that he left one or two year too early.


Anyway nice article John. Love to see your thoughts on poaching. Personally, I'd sayit is fine and normal if its less than say 20% of a class and if there is space in the new school's class. I feel sorry for thePSU recruits that will get dropped to make way for our 10 guys that decommited (if they don't come back to Vandy)


Finally a really funny thought for an SEC site - isn't funny that PSU basically took all the Vandy coaches, staff and recruits. WE ARE…VANDERBILT NORTH. NOT!!! 

11 months, 1 week ago on Franklin’s Departure From Vandy A Great Reminder: Don’t Put Blind Faith In A Coach

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I think 17 will be beaten and probably by Nadal first but I think there is a difference in his # and Federer's. Nadal is certainly the most dominant on a surface (clay) and so should be considered the GOAT of dominating performance in a match or tournament (if you get to pick the year). But, as with the * mentioned in the article about the Aussie Open, we will need a new one now. Now the surfaces have all been given about the same speed so it really isn't four (or five with EOY indoor) different surfaces and speeds. In other words, if the one speed now matches a player's skill set then it will be easier to win a higher number GS. When Federer did most of his, the GS still have distinct speeds. So to me, Fed should be the GOAT of the sport of tennis (multi surfaces/speeds/years) and Nadal the GOAT of dominance tennis performances. 

1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/12/18-new-black/49975/

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While initially disappointing, I think the Compass Bowl will be a very close and exciting game; much better than some of the other bowls that SEC teams are in.  I am looking forward to traveling for a day and half to see my Dores.  And I think that once again we will show the strength of having a national alumni base. We have NEVER not sold our allotments and we have sold over 50% of all tickets in every bowl we have attended. The total attendance for our bowl appearances has beaten that of some other SEC schools in the same bowl. We do seem to get stuck with opponents that don't travel well but we do very well. Our biggest problem is folks making uninformed comments based on the past and season ticket holders; most of our fans don't live in Tennessee. Take a look at the photos of our side of the Liberty Bowl - amazing....and why was the head of the Liberty Bowl so ecstatic to our press about the turnout.


Anyway we will enjoy the Compass Bowl and B'ham. that no other bowl games are on the day should help us too. Almost all the national sports press has commented about our placement, so they KNOW there was a problem.  I am extremely proud of our team and looking forward to a great game against a very good Houston team. I encourage viewers to look at the turnout of Vandy fans at Bowl games.  Go Dores!

1 year ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts

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Yes, that was one ugly game. Exactly the kind that Vandy would have lost in the past. Things are looking up in Nashville and soon will be in Knoxville too. Just wanted to thank you for recognizing what Franklin has done for us and what David Williams has done as well. DW is fantastic and we really have terrific coaches in our sports. thanks again.

1 year ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 11/25/13

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Horrible horrible story. But you missed one good thing related to your Sept 10 story about Coach Franklin being involved. The DA statement specifically said Franklin not involved. Also Midday 100 radio has issued an apology to Franklin for having that Allyn character on the show and stating incorrect information. :)

1 year, 3 months ago on Vandy Wide Receiver Chris Boyd Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge

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Sorry I don't remember the tourney but it was like Agassi forgot how to play tennis. He resorted to moon balls like a 14 year old girl. His camp was actually embarrassed they just turned away. Must of been near the end of his marriage. I have been surprised that all the tennis writers who are talking about the end of Fed haven't recalled this.

1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/09/reaction-reactions/49073/

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Enjoyed the article. Thought it was kind of funny. Good job bringing in all the old articles.

One thing though that no one has mentioned.- Federer's terrible match wasn't as bad as Aggasi during the end of his Brook Shields marriage. I saw him play the most embarrassing match ever by a former great.....and yet Agassi got his act together after that and did very well. French Open! So we really don't know what Federer will do. He could come back like Agassi.

1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/09/reaction-reactions/49073/

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Thanks for writing this article. This situation is so horrible. The news now is that all of these players were offered by other major programs. Some SEC schools also offered several of these players. One thing I am pleased about - Vandy discovered it and reported it; is in complete support of the victim, and swiftly kicked them off the team and banned them from the campus. So often the victim is bashed and things are hidden but Vandy has done it correctly. . I feel terrible for the victim, the parents of the 4 young men, the Vandy football team and coaches as well as the University. This just makes me sick. I can't imagine how this ever could have happened but it is frightening how swiftly 5 lives can be completely altered. I know all of this is alleged at this point but the guys have already lost so much: Vandy education, playing for Vandy , their teammates, and they know they hurt people that they care about. Horrible horrible.

Thanks again for your fair article.

1 year, 4 months ago on Vandy Rape Case An Ugly Story, But It’s Way Too Soon To Be Talking About Franklin’s Recruiting

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To be honest, the quarterfinals matches were some of the most entertaining and good quality matches I have seen. All of a sudden there are some interesting women to watch and cheer for. This may have been a huge positive for the women's game. Too many people dislike Serena and Maria. Some new blood, with great talent, is just what the WTA needs.

1 year, 5 months ago on tennis.com - Forget Stars, This is Sports

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Wow absolutely amazing. A shame that once again Nadal doesn't show up to play Federer in the quarters. I was thinking that Fed would get him this year. Hope it isn't Nadal's knees and he is ok. Congrats to the Belgian- what an extraordinary feeling for him.

1 year, 5 months ago on tennis.com - Rafael Nadal on Court 11

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@TLSmart @Geemom I wasn't directing this about Serena but the entire tour including Maria, Azaranka, etc. wow relax - not an ounce of anti Serna meant at all. The average tour player must be 5 10. That is what I am talking about.

1 year, 6 months ago on tennis.com - Roland Garros: S. Williams d. Errani

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I'm going to take a slightly different approach to this match. Yes, Serena is playing extraordinary tennis but come on give major props to Errani at 5' 4". She must be an amazing young woman to compete at this level against much larger women. As the mom of a 5' high school athlete who never seems to make the team against 6' giants, I am happy for Errani.

1 year, 6 months ago on tennis.com - Roland Garros: S. Williams d. Errani

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hope Ernie realizes how close he is to the big guys now. Maybe next time he can get the win.

1 year, 7 months ago on tennis.com - Rome: Nadal d. Gulbis

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"watch" not "was". . Sometimes the iPad autocorrect zaps me!

1 year, 8 months ago on tennis.com - Rally: Putting the Pros on the Couch

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I thought that this was really interesting. I might start playing amateur analyst when I was tennis from now on.

1 year, 8 months ago on tennis.com - Rally: Putting the Pros on the Couch

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A couple of ponts that may be pertinent. There may be a legal requirement that a change has to be completed by a certified letter. Second, many Vandy fans have been wondering for months now if the OSU game would be played. Apparently OSU fans have been talking about who would take the place of the Vandy game for a while now too so I don't hint this was a surprise at all. I also believe both schools are close to naming the relacements so they must have known about this for a while now. So while I absolutely agree changing isnt great, and I did like the NU games to be continued, I do think these two schools are being overly dramatic. As to changing, well I can see why Vandy needs to do this while we grow the program. This year we have the third toughest schedule according to Sagrin (sp?) so we don't need to continue that until we get the better recruits for a few more years. Getting to bowls will get us those recruits. As to Franklin's demeanor, haven't you noticed a big change from last year? Did you watch Muschamp and Franklin during that game. Franklin looks pretty cool and calm to me.

2 years, 2 months ago on Northwestern’s Fitzgerald Rips Vandy For Last-Minute Back-Out

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Rosewall is one of my top three favs along with Edberg and Federer. One thing that they all had was amazing movement. Rosewall was the original graceful, smooth, and seemingly effortless mover on the court. He has never ever gotten his due, especially as it pertains to longevity. Thanks for this article. You made me happy.

2 years, 2 months ago on tennis.com - Catching the Tape: The Artist Known as Muscles

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Wish us the "same."not game. Something's I hate self correcting iPads!

2 years, 2 months ago on Beatdown In Athens A Reminder Of Just How Much Work VU’s Franklin Has To Do

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Excellent write up. I do think the Vandy fans are still onboard. Georgia was fantastic in all aspects of the game and probably could win the SEC and a NC. Thought the Vandy guys pulled it together after obviously being nervous at the start. They never gave up and did put some drives together. It's a long road to build a program but we are on our way. Also want to say that I haven't heard of any problems at the game during TV timeouts so want to compliment the UGA players for their sportsmanship this year. Just wish the "phantom" roughing the kicker penalty hadn't been called but at least our guys kept playing hard. SOV would have stopped trying. Wish UGA luck and hope they wish us the game.

2 years, 2 months ago on Beatdown In Athens A Reminder Of Just How Much Work VU’s Franklin Has To Do

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I know this is too late for anyone to read but just to close the loop on this story. Clay Travis (a UT fan) who hosts the show where CJF made this comments has addressed that this was a part of the joke part of the radio show and went with other funny things. http://outkickthecoverage.com/all-that-and-a-bag-of-mail-when-do-you-become-a-dirty-old-man.php Go about a third of the way down this column. The older I get, the more I realize that about 65% of the stuff we all get worked up about is: a misquote, an incomplete or out of context statement, a lie, etc. this goes for sports, religion, and politics. We all need to relax and have a sense of humor.

2 years, 6 months ago on VU’s Franklin Backtracks On Wife Comments; Vandy Bosses, Too

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I actually took his comments an entirely different way. Because coaching is such an intensive profession, you have to make sure the entire family can buy into the time and sacrifices needed. Plus Franklins whole thing is family at the worksite. He wants to make sure the wife is a strong, friendly type that will be a full partner in the process. The wives may end up being surrogate moms to some of these young. I admit I do get riled up sometimes about sexist stuff, but I really didn't read it that way at all. (if you recall someone's wife surely cost her husband some jobs last year)

2 years, 6 months ago on VU’s Franklin Won’t Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?

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Why is the headline written as it is? Gives a completely different slant to Fed's comments than what he actually said (that was extremely complimentary to Novak).

2 years, 6 months ago on TENNIS.com - News Headlines - Federer: Pressure on Djokovic huge at RG

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All the hoopla/analysis/outrage was about the Franklin-Grantham thing but no one - not UGA or VU fans or press  - ever discussed what I think the problem really was about.  And I don't think it was a player mouthing off at Franklin after the game. While I thought the refs did a good job of calling penalties on both UGA and VU where appropriate, they completely missed the stuff that was going on during the TV timeouts and breaks. fwiw, I don't even know if refs can call stuff like that, but I think if they can call teams for over the top celebration (which in most cases is no big deal), then they really should be able to call such unprovoked behavior.  There could have been a team storming the field to fight which would have turned into a horrible horrible situation. At the time, I was quietly begging Richt to make this stop, but I realize now that no one on the UGA side could have seen what was going on; not the coaches and not the UGA fans or Vandy fans on that side of the field. So I don't blame Richt or Grantham for not calling the player to stop; they didn't know. The only folks would have been the UGA coaches upstairs but they were obviously working hard and didn't see what was happening. Since this was during TV timeouts, no one watching would have seen it either. I know that folks are wondering why on earth I am so worked up about this but I was sitting right where this was going on and in 40 years of going to football games, I have never ever seen anything remotely like it .( during TV breaks starting in the 3rd qtr. a player was going to Vandy sideline. highlights:  grabbing his private parts, bending over,  pointing, mickey mouse ears and laughing hysterically. repeat - yes this was not a one time incident) Wouldhe have done this to Bama or LSU? doubtful. I am just amazed that the Vandy players on the sidelines had the presence of mind not to step on the field.  Look players say junk to each other all the time, but this was the first time I have ever seen such behavior. To Vandy. To me. To my daughter. And I had just voted UGA/Richt as the program that respected us the most. 

 

fwiw, the Georgia family sitting in front of me was not pleased at what they saw either. UGA is my second favorite team and we plan on moving to Athens in a few years, but it is a shame that one kid's behavior has affected how I feel about the program. I am sure that when richt reviewed the tape (do they see between plays?) he was able to have a teaching moment with the player in question. I sure wasn't pleased with Franklin or Grantham's little meeting, but I'm worried that the UGA folks think that Franklin was angry for no reason.  If they are starting to get folks worked up now, I fear for the game this year. I hope it is an exciting, clean and close game. I hope the Richt and Franklin get the players fired up but emphsize no poor sportsmanship. I do wish Richt would acknowledge to the press and fans, that there really was some bad player behavior that won't be repeated. If VAndy doesn't win the East this year then I hope it is Georgia. 

2 years, 7 months ago on UGA's Richt Expects Some "Vinegar" When His Dawgs Play Vandy

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Thanks for mentioning the contributions of Vandy's previous coach, Bobby Johnson. He really started the uptick in types of players that went to Vandy. He was the right man for the job, as Franklin is now.

2 years, 7 months ago on Part Three: A School-By-School Comparison Of The SEC’s NFL Pipelines

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 @John at MrSEC Wow. As part of the "All" you replied to, I went back and reread my comment. Can't seem to find anything anti-Tebow in it. If Tebow was the star his freshman year as you state, does that still in anyway justify UF fans treating Leak with the hatred that they did? Should teams hate every players on thier team who isn't the star? I guess all your children were superstars; my child was not. Coaches and teammates saying horrible things (and not in a whisper)  on the sidelines everytime she went in. She never acknowledged what they said, bless her heart, but she kept working hard. I don't know why people decide who to pick on and then gang up on that one person with fury.  All this was happening during the Leak year so that is why I was particularly aware of how people were treating him. As a parent it is HORRIBLE to hear this as you sit in the stands every week. I can't imagine what Chris' parents were feeling. So even if Leak was simply average, he deserved the MVP simply for grace under fire. 

2 years, 8 months ago on The Sporting News Rips Ex-UF Coach Meyer, Furthers Our Belief That Tebow Was The Real Winner In Gainesville

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Interesting and you are right about the contribution of Tebow in the leadership of the Florida team but I guess my impressions lead to me a slightly different take on it.  Bascially (from my highly unscientific observations from watching them play onTV over the years!)  I think Meyer simply got worn out as the years went on to maybe "phoning it in" as a coach. Without a doubt some of the players he recruited might have taken advantage of the situation to act up. We all know about the retiring/nonretiring/retiring sequence of events but he might have just been getting tired as opposed to being a bad coach. It happens to lots of us folks in regular jobs, much less high pressure like SEC coaching. So if he is re-energized for coaching, he might do well at OSU. Also it seems like there are a lot of other teams that have had trouble with behavior and drugs in the past several years, so it might not be coach specific. 

 

Since you brought up the Tebow years as 2006-2009, I'd like to comment on something unrelated to your article but that has troubled me for a long time.  Btw, I am completely neutral to UF; actually I thought Meyer was the coach that was most respectful of Vandy next to Richt. As a mom, I'm usually looking at things from a maternal standpoint so while I want my team to win, I also want all the players and their parents on other teams to have a good collegiate experience.  They all have dreams of success! One of the things that has driven me nuts is the complete deletion of Chris Leak from history.  If ever there was a guy to have the ultimate senior year football 'hollywood movie" experience, it was him. Great QB, excellent student, and Paul Newman-type handsome. I think he even broke some of Danny Wuerfel's (sp?) records. Yet his senior year must have been living hell for him and his parents. Billboards calling for him to be benched and fans all against him. And yet he hung tough and won the SEC in 2006 and the NC. People get so obsessed with only one winner or hero to the exclusion of other worthy athletes or students.  Wouldn't  two great stories be better than just one? Tebow has benefitted from an outpouring of public support/prayers/and love. If half those people also did the same for other folks like Chris,  maybe they would get the benefit of the doubt by the pros too? Tebow has handled all his fame extremely well thus far, is a hardworker  and can inspire his teammates to play better than they are.  So many are inspired by Tebow, but I tell you Chris Leak getting the MVP of the 2007 NC game after all he went through made me happy. I like thinking there are so many more heros than the media/marketing folks let us know about. So come on, give Leak the leadership mantle for 2006-7. He deserved it.  thx.

2 years, 8 months ago on The Sporting News Rips Ex-UF Coach Meyer, Furthers Our Belief That Tebow Was The Real Winner In Gainesville

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Everyone seems fixated on the sex part of this but I don't think that is the problem for UA.  Since he didn't lie to the NCAA (Pearl) and the coach is popular and winning, I can see the UA  not pursuing the "conduct clause" without too much damage.  The problem for UA is the hiring of person he was having sex with. Using taxpaper money no less.  Say the AD can settle this with the girl and her fiance (poor guy), there are STILL a lot of problems left for UA.  I imagine the majority of the folks looking the other way on this one issue, would march to shut down the federal government, if some fed gave 55K to hire his/her girlfriend/boyfriend!

 

1) what about any past firings for sexual harrassment?  All of those folks will now sue UA if they keep Petrino. and

2) what about future cases of sexual harrassment? Anyone fired will sue, but if they aren't fired the victim can sue ( and probably to a whole new level of compensation: millions not hundreds of thousands)

This really is mind-boggling how Petrino has left the university exposed legally and financially. I don't think keeping Petrino will affect thier recruiting too much, however, the level of ridicule from other schools when they play will be extremely intense.  UA will be a massive joke with Petrino onboard. This also does not help the reputation of the SEC if they keep him.

 

I have never had an opinion one way or the other for UA or their coach, but I truely feel for the AD right now.  He, and the university, can't get out of this unscathed no matter what they do.  I do think that this AD will do a thorough job and I hope he doesn't lose his job for this. 

2 years, 8 months ago on Support Group Rallies To Back Petrino As A.D. Long Tries To Navigate Major Mess

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really nice article. thanks for highlighting this aspect of what it takes to have a successful program.

2 years, 9 months ago on Stallings Gets Emotional After Vandy's Tourney Title

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wow. I have looked at all your articles today on basketball and I am surprised that you haven't written anything on Vanderbilt and their championship.  The day is early yet, so perhaps you will post something soon.

2 years, 9 months ago on Disappointing SEC Season Lands Just 4 In NCAA Tourney (As We Said A Week Ago)

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I actually thought this was a very nice thing for Murray to say. I am wondering if some of the players realize that the move to slower courts in most events is hurting many players. Regardless, given that I thought Murray hated Fed, this was nice of him.

2 years, 9 months ago on TENNIS.com - News Headlines - Murray: Federer could retake No. 1 on quick courts

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Anyone know where the first photo is from? I couldn't quite match it up with any of the photos on the regional pages. I am guessing Hawaii. It looks beautiful!

2 years, 10 months ago on TENNIS.com - Travel - Destination: Tennis—The Top 50 American Resorts

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Certainly there are too many bowl games. The more they add bowls, the less I watch. Plus so many schools lose money on this now. Supposedly Texas and Va Tech didn't even sell their allotments. Other schools end up giving the bowls millions to cover income that didn't materialize. So I should agree with this move, but I admit to some self interest here. My Dores went to the Liberty Bowl and we bought all the tickets and had well over 32,000 fans at the game (fwiw, that was the most unbelievable scene I have ever witnessed). Vandy nation has awoken and we all knew that with two more bowl likely schools joining the SEC, we had to show up with fans and money. Listening to the liberty bowl execs afterwards, they were absolutely gushing with Vandy's support. So I admit I am concerned that the timing of going to 7 wins could adversely affect us just as we are moving forward. Hopefully, we will be getting 7 or more wins regularly now, but I am concerned that we would get penalized just as we went 'all in' for the bowl experience. Additionally this will lock in recruiting for the big schools that can say they went to a bowl. The big get bigger. Oh well, Go Dores!

2 years, 10 months ago on If Bowl Eligibility Standards Are Raised, The Impact On The SEC Will Be Big

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Franklins quote is that these guys all participated in Senior day activities, so I believe they did get their degrees but might want to use another year of eligibility somewhere else where they may get playing time. I would only have a problem if a school is running off guys before they can get their degree; fwiw, I do wish schools had to offer four year commitments that could only be broken by serious legal or academic problems.

2 years, 11 months ago on Redshirt Juniors Departing, VU’s Franklin Responds To Tweet Suggesting He’s Running Guys Off

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Vera is one of the women that I really like. Hope she has a terrific year.

3 years ago on TENNIS.com - Features - The Last Word: WTA No. 7, Vera Zvonareva

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It is a shame that no one recently has been SI sportsman of the year. I really thought that Federer should have won it several years ago.

One note however for this year's selection. Pat Summitt was a terrific choice, not because of her year, but because of her body of work. As Billie Jean King advanced women's sports, Pat really made female college athletics as big as it is. While she coaches at my university's hated rival, she has made college basketball what it is for women, and I admire her for that. This year she was diagnosed with Altzimers (sp) and I think SI wanted to recognize her in her last year of coaching.

3 years ago on TENNIS.com - The Spin - Novak Djokovic: Short-shrifted Sportsman

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