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It's a sad commentary when a kid can get kicked out of school/program and has the ability and luxury to have other D1 schools clamoring for his football skills. It doesn't speak highly of anyone who is part of that equation.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Safety Matthews Dismissed From Georgia; Heading To Auburn Or Louisville

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Thanks for the lecture. I'll counter by saying the only thing worse than a journalist/blogger with zero objectivity is one that also has thin skin.

I don't have on blinders. I understand the perception that Vanderbilt has faced for years. And 90% of the blame can be placed at the feet of Vanderbilt. It's the other 10% that is hard to change. 

I will say that in my opinion, you are in that 10%. Anyone can see that Vanderbilt has made great strides under Franklin. Vanderbilt doesn't get the same level of coverage here for many of the same reasons you address in your opinion piece. I get it. At the same time, it's hard to change that perception of a program when history repeats itself. Personally, I think coverage of Vanderbilt outside the Southeast is more objective because those writers don't have years of impressions, graduated from one of the SEC member schools or are merely homers trying to gain reader, viewer or listener loyalty.

I will continue to read this site because it does give me additional insights to other schools and programs. I just hope one day Vanderbilt will be on equal footing.

1 year, 6 months ago on Music City Bowl Numbers Could Adversely Impact Vandy’s Future Bowl Chances

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Vanderbilt brought at least 35,000 people to the bowl game.. You can't ignore that fact. Making the leap that Vanderbilt will not travel based on the Music City Bowl is comparing apples to oranges. Why don't you add the hotel rooms, rental cars, airfare and other miscellaneous cost associated with bowl travel and see where the 35,000 would stack up. Do you think maybe that had something to do with the amount?

And that's a black eye on Vanderbilt? Bringing 35,000 to a bowl puts  them on par with Stanford and Northwestern?

If given an opportunity to travel, I think the fan base would do surprisingly well. But then again, we won't know until you and others change your perception. Vanderbilt is doing its part.

1 year, 6 months ago on Music City Bowl Numbers Could Adversely Impact Vandy’s Future Bowl Chances

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Just another day w/o any news on Vanderbilt. Figures.

1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Headlines 4/5/2013

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99% coming back? Really?

 

I guess academics must be easy for a kid who is attending his fourth college. This is the same guy who said he's tired of school, too. 

 

And I'm sure no one in Oxford is the least bit worried about any off the court problems. 

 

I'd be surprised if his next stop wasn't the D League.

1 year, 7 months ago on UM’s Henderson Reacts To NCAA Loss About How You’d Expect Him To

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 @SEC fan  @NickandRudys No. Not true. Don't spread lies and falsehoods. BTW, your comedy attempts are as lame as Franklin's.

1 year, 8 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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 @SEC fan  @NickandRudys        You're a little late to the party. That was funny 30 years ago.

 

Go check the standings of "your" school in the U.S. News and World Report. See where Peabody ranks on the list of best Education and Human Development programs in the country. Maybe you could return to "your" school in a meaningful capacity. I'm sure they could use you as a lab rat in a Human Development class.                                                                                                                                    

1 year, 8 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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 @The regular guy Parents, administrators and Crimson Tide Nation? Oh my!

 

No, the only ones who'll remember are people like you who take this stuff way too seriously. Now go play with your James Franklin Voodoo doll

1 year, 8 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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Both Georgia and A&M should be ranked higher than ND.

 

Local and regional media are the last to recognize that Vanderbilt has improved ten fold. Old perceptions are hard to change.

1 year, 9 months ago on No. 1 Alabama Joined By Six Other SEC Teams In Top 25

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“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said at Monday’s press conference.

 

The culture at PSU needs to change - just like it does at so many other universities across the country.You can count on one finger, the number of schools in the SEC where athletics don't rule the roost. In my opinion, The Big 10 and Big 12 and schools in numerous other conferences are too big and self governing. That needs to change.

 

 Good job by the NCAA. For once, they got it right. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Emmert Talks About Changing Cultures (Just Pay No Attention To The Cash Behind The Curtain)

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“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said at Monday’s press conference.

 

The culture at PSU needs to change - just like it does at so many other universities across the country.

 

Good job by the NCAA. For once, they got it right.

2 years, 3 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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He was as bad in 2010 as he is good this year. He actually threw the ball behind him one day in centerfield. His outstanding outfield play was matched by his limp bat and lazy attitude. There's really no reason for him  to diss the Braves fans unless they are reminding him of his lack of effort in his one year in Atlanta.

2 years, 3 months ago on VIDEO: Melky Cabrera crotch chops Braves fans | July | 2012 Articles

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Hardly. Vanderbilt was only one of two schools in the SEC that had all 4 four revenue generating sports in post season play this past year. FYI, Uut wasn't the other. Matter of fact, the only one you had was women's basketball, and from all indications, that's not exactly trending upwards. We were the "same old Vandy" in a couple of regards. We still had the highest GPA and APR in the league. Not bad.

 

 But you vols are unique. It's not on every campus that a riot breaks out and mattresses are burned when Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron leave town - and it wasn't them doing the burning. Go ahead and whistle past the graveyard. Your taunt is as hollow as Da'Rick's head and Brey's heart. Go try and bother someone else.

2 years, 3 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

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Sorry. I shouldn't ever call anyone a vol fan.

2 years, 3 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

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Obviously a vol fan. Witty comeback you moron. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

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Stadium is under renovations. I really hope you're a vol fan.

2 years, 3 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

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It makes sense Vanderbilt would have it in the Vanderbilt Bookstore. I doubt most players at the other SEC schools have ever been in a bookstore. I also doubt any other SEC school has a two-story bookstore, either. 

 

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

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Exactly. I think the original author was just looking to make a dig at his least favorite coaches.

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Headlines - 6/15/12 (Into A Brief Summer Break Edition)

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I don't follow Dan Mullen or MSU, but from reading the story,I think your story is greatly exaggerated. The body copy of the article reads:

 

“I guess if the players are equal we must have better coaches here at Mississippi State since we won,” Mullen said in jest. “But they are a very good football team. Sonny does a great job with their program.”

 

According to the reporter, the comments were made in jest. Not bratty. Not mean spirited, but in jest.

 

And on top of fabricating a spat between two coaches, you also take the liberty to throw other coaches under the bus? Just because you can? You really are bush league. Keep up the good work...

2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Headlines - 6/15/12 (Into A Brief Summer Break Edition)

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 @scottlester Oh, I guess Uut was next in line...

2 years, 4 months ago on VU’s Franklin Won’t Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?

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 @FourThinInches Your name speaks volumes.

2 years, 4 months ago on VU’s Franklin Won’t Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?

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Nice cat fight. You two should take it somewhere else. You both make the vol nation proud.

2 years, 5 months ago on UT Suspends Clear After Arrest

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 @ice2cold Sure he did. He was the head coach at Uut wasn't he?

2 years, 5 months ago on UT Tight End Arrested For Stealing… From A Fellow Athlete

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Dooley is a lawyer. He knows how to "legally" manipulate the system. Just look at the Janzen Jackson situation. 

 

Dooley is in a desperate situation in Knoxville. He needs all the athletes he can possibly keep to help him get 8 wins this season.

 

2 years, 5 months ago on UT Tight End Arrested For Stealing… From A Fellow Athlete

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Shawn WIlliams acted like an immature punk. Plain and simple. It was amazing. Walking over to the Vanderbilt sideline grabbing his crotch and mouthing off to the Vanderbilt coaches and players. And RIcht did nothing. And the mongloid Grantham seems to still revel in it to the delight og the "dawg nation". Nice.

 

It was hilarious to see the coward Williams tuck tail and run when Franklin tried to have a word with him after the game. 

2 years, 5 months ago on UGA's Richt Expects Some "Vinegar" When His Dawgs Play Vandy

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Will Arkansas suspend Petrino for the first game or just the first quarter? Winning is a strong deodorant.

2 years, 6 months ago on "The Hire" And "The Lie" Could Bring Down Petrino

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If Vanderbilt had a decent sports marketing agenda, that quote you used should be the basis of this year's football season ticket campaign. It made most of the Vanderbilt fans I know more enthused than ever about the coach and the upward trend of the program. It is absolutely the right attitude Franklin needs to convey to all those audiences that need to be affected, whether it's alumni, fans, potential fans, recruits and the media. I wouldn't expect fans from any other SEC school to like it.

 

As for the tampering allegation,  the saber rattling got it's publicity.

 

Edsall is desperate to turn around a very ugly public relations nightmare that started when he took the job.

 

The Maryland fan base is fractured. Edsall replaced Ralph Fridgeon (Maryland graduate) who revived a lifeless football program and who went 9-4 his last year. He was fired by a new AD who was influenced by a very wealthy supporter (Under Armor founder) who wanted the infamous Mike Leach as the coach. When the admin got cold feet, Edsall was hired. Edsall proceeded to g o 2-10 in his first year. A year in which he benched sophomore quarterback and former ACC Freshman of the year Danny O'Brien. In the 16 or so months since Edsall has been on the job, approximately 25 players with eligibility have transferred out of his program. Fans and the media took notice.

 

Unfortunately for Edsall, James Franklin, the former OC for Fridgeon and tabbed by the previous admin as the cursed "Coach in Waiting" took the Vanderbilt job when the new AD decided to hire his "own man".While Edsall stumbled, Franklin gained national attention for breathing life into Vanderbilt. Wins on the field were augmented by wins in recruiting. The Washington area media took notice. BUt Edsall fought back. He hired Mike Locksley to his staff to recruit. He signed high profile recruits in a very short period of time. His luck was changing.

 

And then O'Brien decided  to transfer. He's a  high profile player and respected within the Maryland community. A redshirt sophomore, he will graduate in 3 years. He is likely to be successful at his next stop. Even though Edsall benched O'Brien last year, this was the last person Edsall needed to lose. It was well known that O'Brien continued to have a relationship with Franklin, the coach that recruited him to Maryland and served as his position coach. O'Brien even helped Franklin clean out his office when he left Maryland (I don't think the same can be said of Edsall when he left UCONN). One of  Franklin's greatest strengths are his people skills. A young, African American coach, Franklin builds bonds with many of his players. Edsall, an old school task master, isn't blessed with enormous people skills. Combine a prickly personality with a losing record and a mass exodus of players and you've got a full fledged public relations catastrophe.

 

Did Franklin actively pursue O'Brien? Or did he merely continue to act as a confidant and mentor? Did his coach at Maryland look foolish trying to bully his last three transfers including the former quarterback? Did the national media point a finger at Edsall and say let them go? Was there a chance O'Brien would want to follow his mentor to Vanderbilt and find success there? A frustrated Edsall is seeing his so called "dream job" crumble at his feet before it can take root. He's gonna fight for his job by any means possible. He's gonna blame James Franklin for losing the biggest name of his current roster. He has found a scapegoat.

 

O'Brien will probably not go to Vanderbilt. But like many former players, O'Brien will continue to have a good relationship with Franklin. I don't think the same can be said of Randy Edsall.

 

The tampering allegations will be unproven and will dissipate rather quickly. 

2 years, 8 months ago on Maryland Complaint Just Shows How Much Franklin Has Changed VU

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I wouldn't think many vol fans appreciate Kiffin laughing at them, too.

2 years, 8 months ago on Kiffin Laughs Off The Ire Of UT Fans

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Larry, it's perfectly clear that Vanderbilt has gotten in your head. Why's that?

2 years, 8 months ago on Maryland Tries To Block 3 Players From Transferring To Vandy

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Dooley is better suited to be an Athletic Director. He's a bright, articulate guy that would do well working with the big picture.

2 years, 8 months ago on UT's Dooley Makes His Case For Oversigning

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@deltaboy Sorry for the assumption.

2 years, 8 months ago on Grant's Stand Could Cost Tide, But Kudos To Him For Taking It

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@deltaboy The comment wasn't directed at Saban. Don't be so paranoid.

My comment was merely an observation that the basketball program at Alabama operates under a somewhat less harsh, more tolerant light. The citizenry of Alabama live and die with the success of the football program - not so with the basketball program. Conversely, the same is true at Kentucky.

I commend Grant for his actions. He's a stand up guy.

2 years, 8 months ago on Grant's Stand Could Cost Tide, But Kudos To Him For Taking It

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If this were the football team, I don't think people would be so understanding.

2 years, 8 months ago on Grant's Stand Could Cost Tide, But Kudos To Him For Taking It

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"At least he admits that his comments post-signing day were out of line. And in this instance he doesn’t try to blame the evil press for twisting his words."

It's never good enough for you is it? Why not just say he admitted his mistake? What's the at least part? That he didn't blow the AJC guy or you . too? What BS

2 years, 8 months ago on VU’s Franklin Backtracks From “Men Of Honor” Comments

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The slime ball that preceded him neither leave him much nor ever fessed up to all his misdeeds. I hope the NCAA lets Pearl rot on the vine.

2 years, 9 months ago on Martin Asks For Patience At UT

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You seem to have a different attitude about Donovan complaining vs. Stallings whining. Interesting.

2 years, 9 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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@ukalum87@Badgercat

Perry Wallace was a great player for Vanderbilt and a standard bearer for equality. He, not Rupp, championed the cause. Before Perry Wallace changed the face of basketball in the SEC, Rupp ran rough shot over the league. He recruited minority players later simply because he had to. Please allow me to delve into a NYT article that shows a different Rupp:

"Tim Bassett, 58, is a former broadcaster and professional basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association and the N.B.A.

Bassett was a muscular 6-foot-8 forward when he attended Georgia from 1971 to 1973… while playing at Georgia, he encountered a racist dimension of American culture.

Claude Felton, the associate athletic director for communications at Georgia, said the university had only a handful of black athletes before Bassett. One of Bassett’s teammates, Ronnie Hogue, became the first black athlete to play a major sport at Georgia in 1970.

The first time Bassett and the Bulldogs played Kentucky was a home game on Jan. 17, 1972. Georgia won that game, 85-73. Bassett had 27 points and 13 rebounds. After the game, the legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp approached Bassett.

“He said I didn’t belong in the Southeast Conference, and he said, ‘We’ll get you back when you come to Lexington,’ ” Bassett said.

When the Bulldogs went to Lexington a month later, they entered the gym to find Bassett hanging in effigy from the ceiling. Stunned, Bassett’s teammates offered not to play the game if Bassett were too uncomfortable there. A motivated Bassett played anyway and had 17 points and 17 rebounds, but Georgia lost, 87-63.

After the game, Bassett wanted to let Rupp know just how he felt about Rupp’s allowing the effigy in Kentucky’s gym… "(read more at the New York Times)

http://www.interbasket.net/news/4546/2009/09/former-hoops-star-recalls-adolph-rupps-racism/

Stay on your high horse. You are the only ones defending the sanctity of the honorable John Calipari and the Ghandi-like Adolf Rupp.

2 years, 9 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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@ukalum87 Not sensitive, just answering your foolish and tiresome comments. Didn't know that about Rupp? We all know the reason you ran off Tubby - just like it's well known that Rupp liked to wear a pillow case on his head.

Kinda ruins your standard reply, huh? You should have a better response about ethics and coaches than that nonsense. But then again, all you have to fall back on is Joe B. Hall. It's ironic he went into banking oncce he left the bench.

You're right. This is fun!

2 years, 9 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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Just another observation. Vanderbilt never plays at Bridgestone except for the once every 5 (?) year SEC tourney rotation. By the way, the racist Rupp is the one that had the benches moved in Memorial Gym to satisfy him. Look it up.

I'm sure Stallings made his feelings known about the inequity of the SEC schedule to the SEC office. He knows the SEC lets the networks determine basketball schedules. And Kentucky is and always will be the beneficiaries as long as they aren't on probation.

And here's another observation, I'd rather have a coach on the NCAA ethics panel than one who plays in the shadows. Make sure any banners associated with Calipari are attached with velcro.

2 years, 9 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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Just a dig at Stallings. He's made his opinion known to the SEC. They chose to do nothing about it. ESPN runs the basketball side of the SEC.

Slive should be ashamed.

2 years, 9 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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