Commodore players salute the large Vanderbilt fan contingent that traveled to Lexington, KY to watch Vanderbilt clinch their third SEC title in seven years. Photo: Jimmy Jones via VUCommodores.com.
Another day, and it’s another long blog post. OK, so this one is a little delayed in the making, but I’m allowed a social life every once in a while. Because I wrote this one rather quick, you’ll have to forgive me the somewhat jumbled nature of the opening segment, which discusses the number one ranking achieved by the Dores this week, as well as the series of records that they have tied and are on the cusp of breaking.
What I lack in numbers of posts, I make up for in substance, I promise.
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Tony Kemp earned many a high five on Sunday, with what will likely be the play of the year. Photo: Mike Rapp, VandySports.com.
It was another stellar week in the top spot for the Dores as they swept away the competition, including their first sweep of Alabama since 1986, their second highest weekend series attendance ever and their first ever 8 game regular season conference game winning streak. It will certainly be enough to hold onto the top spot in the Baseball America, NCBWA Poll, USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and Perfect Game rankings. With UVA winning 2 of 3 at #14 Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt may not unify the #1 ranking crown by picking up Collegiate Baseball’s top spot, but it’s a successful week, nonetheless.
The Immediate Progression: Leadership
Message boards are often a funny thing. People get worked up over minor criticism of coaches, particularly when it comes to current Commodore Coaches Kevin Stallings and Tim Corbin. While this author happens to be a huge fan and supporter of both, many think that support should be dogmatic. I’m reminded of my old grammar school basketball coach who once echoed loudly when pointing out a poor decision he had made, saying “I’m not infallible; I’m not the freaking pope.” Catholicism aside, he had a point and one which makes a truly great coach: leadership starts with adapting to faults.
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Categories: Baseball, Sport, Vanderbilt Alabama, Baseball, Jason Esposito, Sonny Gray, Tim Corbin, Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt, Vandy Baseball, Week Behind Week Ahead
One of my favorite stories from this past weekend traveling South for a wedding was told by a current professor at an SEC West football superpower.
When I asked him if he’d ever been pressured by the football superstructure or by friends regarding players he taught in his freshman level lectures, he laughed and said the only pressure he ever got was from friends who wanted him to flunk a particularly porous offensive lineman who somehow managed to start.
Gotta love the passion of football fans… and the ethics of the professor (who gave him the grade he earned).