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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.
1 month ago on Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)
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.
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Former Vandy QB Rodgers Eviscerates Alma Mater Right Before Signing Day
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!!!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Franklin’s Departure From Vandy A Great Reminder: Don’t Put Blind Faith In A Coach
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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/12/18-new-black/49975/
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!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
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.
3 months, 1 week ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 11/25/13
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. :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Vandy Wide Receiver Chris Boyd Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge
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.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/09/reaction-reactions/49073/
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.
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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Vandy Rape Case An Ugly Story, But It’s Way Too Soon To Be Talking About Franklin’s Recruiting
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.
8 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Forget Stars, This is Sports
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.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on tennis.com - Rafael Nadal on Court 11
@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.
9 months ago on tennis.com - Roland Garros: S. Williams d. Errani
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.
hope Ernie realizes how close he is to the big guys now. Maybe next time he can get the win.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on tennis.com - Rome: Nadal d. Gulbis
"watch" not "was". . Sometimes the iPad autocorrect zaps me!
11 months, 1 week ago on tennis.com - Rally: Putting the Pros on the Couch
I thought that this was really interesting. I might start playing amateur analyst when I was tennis from now on.
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.
1 year, 4 months ago on Northwestern’s Fitzgerald Rips Vandy For Last-Minute Back-Out
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.
1 year, 4 months ago on tennis.com - Catching the Tape: The Artist Known as Muscles