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I hate goodbyes. I don't like closure. And moving on is sometimes hard to swallow.

But I didn't want to leave my position with Vanderbilt Athletics without thanking Commodore fans for making the last eight years of my life an incredible experience. Thank you.

I was lucky enough to have a job that gave me a behind-the-scenes look at the Commodores--something most fans would trade for in a heartbeat. I always tried to remember that thought each day, so I documented as much as I could for you guys, especially during tournament trips.

Nothing meant more to me than seeing a positive fan reaction to one of our initiatives. While I didn't get everything right, I fought hard to do as much as I could for you. Yes, I crashed and burned at times, but feel like there were several victories for the betterment of the program.

The best part of my job? Working with Vanderbilt's tremendous student-athletes and interacting with passionate fans who have stood by the program even when it was tough. Your dedication is unrivaled.

I won't be a stranger, either. I have accepted a position at Vanderbilt's Peabody College and still plan to be a regular at Commodore events to cheer on the best kids in collegiate sports. And who knows, maybe Frank the Dancin' Dog will do a reunion tour.

If you see me, please say hello (and not goodbye).

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I'd like to also include some of my favorite memories -- in no particular order -- since joining athletics in the fall of 2003:

**Victory in Knoxville. Cutler to Bennett. Everyone knows what that moment meant.

**The 2008 football team breaking the 26-year bowl drought with a win over Boston College on a freezing night "on the banks of the Cumberland River" (as Joe Fisher called it). Grown men crying after the final whistle said it all.

**90,000+ Georgia fans silenced in Sanford Stadium after Bryant Hahnfeldt's game-winning field goal. As I walked to the locker room, the only sound I could hear were 100 rowdy Commodores celebrating with Coach Johnson.

**ESPN GameDay coming to Vanderbilt. What a special day it was to see the Commodore community unite in front of a national viewing audience.

**Getting to be in the football war room the night before National Signing Day this year to see Coach Franklin and his staff seal the deal on their first recruiting class. It was such a rush; felt like a scene out of a movie.

**Sitting in Arco Arena when Derrick Byars popped his jersey in front of the VU section after the Dores' double-overtime win against Washington State. That was an "elite" team in my opinion.

**Watching the Commodores rally past NC State in a local sports grille. It was standing room only and everyone in the place was hugging after the miraculous comeback in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Matt Freije took over in the final minutes and Mario Moore hit Corey Smith on a backdoor pass that had us jumping up and down.

**Shan Foster's 42-point game on senior night, a performance I'll never witness again in my lifetime. I have to watch the clip over and over again to know it really happened.

**Being at Virginia as the baseball team captured their first ever regional championship in 2004. Hats off to Coach Corbin, D.J. and the rest of the staff for making Vanderbilt one of the top names in households across the country.

**Waiting at Hawkins Field for an hour after the Commodores' win over LSU to find out if VU had clinched the 2007 SEC regular season championship. Several hundred fans hung around, too, just to be a part of the moment.

**Hearing the Black and Gold chant rock Hawkins Field past midnight at the 2007 Regional with fans lined up on every floor of the 25th Avenue garage just to catch a glimpse of the action. Still gives me goose bumps.

**More: MBB topples No. 1 Florida and their 17-game win streak; Three WBB SEC Tournament titles (Duluth trip sticks out to me); MBB's 40-point win over Kentucky (Neltner's winning); Shea Robin and Jason Cunningham star in VU's four-run rally in the bottom of the 10th in the 2007 SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals; Foster's last-second putback vs. Tennessee; Mario's 30-footer at the buzzer against Oregon; Balcomb's first victory over UT; David Price and Casey Weathers fan 22 in VU's 11-inning regional classic vs. Austin Peay; Connor Harrell steals a homer and squeezes in the winning run in Louisville Regional.

The list could go on and on. I know I've left out a bunch of moments, but I think you get the point. I was blessed to work for the Commodores during a very special period in school history.

If you'd like to keep in touch with me, I'll still have my Twitter account @BarcaBlog.

I'll leave you with a few of my trademark videos of the day.

1. Ah yes, the memories... even if cats creep me out. (no tears please)




2. A couple of my closest friends reminisce about the good times...




3. I wish I knew what these WWF superstars claim to know...




4. Finally, if you're ever having a bad day, this tune will do the trick. Frank's go-to song:

Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Feb. 16)

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COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Commodores value Taylor's defense (Tennessean)
"Sometimes people tend to focus on offensive productivity," Kevin Stallings said. "Just like John (Jenkins) bails us out on offense, Jeff bails us out on defense because of his athleticism and defensive tenacity. I don't think there's ever a situation where we have had to overcome him."
Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt at Georgia game preview (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Ezeli's effort to improve makes big difference (City Paper)
"(Festus) is the one that has taken charge of his free throws and gotten better at those," Stallings said. "Obviously, the improvement from last year is remarkable."
Men's Basketball: Dores travel south seeking sweep (InsideVandy)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins on All-Underappreciated Team (SI.com)

Men's Basketball: Fast Break with John Jenkins (SECsports.com)

Men's Basketball: Big home game for Dogs tonight (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins latest in long line of sharpshooters (Commercial Appeal)

Baseball: Journal with Drew Fann (College Baseball Daily)

Swimming: Swimmers head to SEC Championships (InsideVandy)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Rod Williamson: Putting SEC Honor Roll into perspective

Football: Franklin to Appear in Memphis Thursday

Men's Basketball: ESPNU All-Access debuts Wednesday

Men's Basketball: VU travels to Georgia Wednesday

Men's Basketball: 104.5 FM interview with Kevin Stallings

Men's Basketball: Hoops Roundup: Rankings, Bracketology

Women's Basketball: 'Dores look for third straight road win

Baseball: Vanderbilt picked to finish second in East

Lacrosse: No. 11 VU hosts No. 3 UNC Wednesday

Soccer: Signee Taylor Elliott

Swimming: Dores to compete at SEC Championships

Swimming: SEC Championships Blog


VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball: CBS previews Vanderbilt-Georgia game

Men's Basketball: 'Jenkins is a flamethrower' and more





Women's Basketball: Chantelle Anderson jersey retirement




PHOTO OF THE DAY

Donny Turnbaugh is blogging on his trip to the 2011 SEC Women's Swimming Championships this week.




SONG OF THE DAY

Paul Simon and Spud Webb would have schooled Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle in a pickup game. Also, love the cameos by Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, John Madden, Mickey Mantle and more.

Paul Simon "Me and Julio Down By The School Yard"




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Videos: 'Jenkins is a flamethrower' and more

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Four new videos have been posted to our VUcommodores' YouTube page including Kevin Harlan calling John Jenkins a 'flamethrower' in the Kentucky game and Brad Tinsley hitting the game winner against Alabama. Enjoy and share.

Video: Jenkins is a flamethrower



Video: Bradley Buckets beats Bama



And more TV highlights from those two games...

Video: Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77



Video: Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77

Hoops Roundup: Rankings, Bracketology (Feb. 15)

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(Photo by John Russell)

VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS  view

Last Week
Thursday, Feb. 10: Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77
Saturday, Feb. 12: Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77

This Week
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Vanderbilt at Georgia, 6 p.m. CT, TV: ESPNU
Saturday, Feb. 19: Vanderbilt at Auburn, 3 p.m. CT, TV: SEC Network


COMMODORES MOVE UP IN RANKINGS


With two big conference wins last week, Vanderbilt jumped to its highest ranking of the year in both major polls.

The Commodores (18-6, 6-4 SEC) are 18th in the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Kentucky (No. 22) and Florida (No. 14/15) also appear in the rankings.


BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE


ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi moved Vanderbilt up one spot to a No. 5 seed.

SI.com's Andy Glockner also placed VU as a No. 5 seed.

And CBSsports.com's Jerry Palm gave the 'Dores a No. 5 seed as well.


NEWS ON THE COMMODORES


VUcommodores.com: ESPNU All-Access on the Commodores
ESPNU airings: Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. CT; Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT; Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. CT; and Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. CT.
VUcommodores.com: VU travels to Georgia Wednesday

VUcommodores.com: CBS video preview of VU-UGA matchup

VUcommodores.com: 104.5 Interview with Kevin Stallings

VUcommodores.com: Jenkins nabs 2nd SEC Player of Week

VUcommodores.com: Replay of Kevin Stallings' Call-in Show

Chris Dortch, Blue Ribbon: Fast Break on John Jenkins

SECsports.com: Monday teleconference with Kevin Stallings

Andy Glockner, SI.com: Jenkins on All-Underappreciated Team


MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

ESPN.com: Weekly Watch Week 12
More teams that impressed us: Vanderbilt
"The Commodores don't like to do anything easy. In a span of three days, Vandy clipped Alabama and Kentucky at home, both coming down to the final possessions. Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Kentucky coach John Calipari looked exasperated at one point -- and that's what Memorial Magic will do to coaches."
ESPN.com: Andy Katz's Observations from the week

ESPN.com: Eamonn Brennan's Observations from the week

ESPN.com: NCAA Bubble Watch
Teams that should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6 (6-4), RPI: 15, SOS: 11]
"After Thursday night's thrilling home win over Alabama, the Commodores' at-large chances were already looking strong. After Saturday's win over Kentucky, those chances are such that it would take a massive February collapse for Kevin Stallings' team to miss the tournament. The one thing Vanderbilt really needed was a marquee win, and as far as the RPI is concerned, it's hard to do much better than beating Kentucky. Provided the Dores don't pile up too many egregious slip-ups the rest of the way -- Saturday's game at Auburn could be particularly dangerous and damaging -- they'll have no problem getting to the Big Dance."
SI.com: Seth Davis' Hoops Thoughts

SI.com: Andy Glockner's Bubble Watch
Should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6, 6-4; RPI: 17, SOS: 13]
"The 'Dores got a hard-earned home sweep of Alabama and Kentucky by identical 81-77 scores to slip into second place in the East. If they can hold onto that spot, they'll get a first-round bye in the SEC tournament, which would be a nice bonus. It won't be easy, though. Four of the last six are away from Memorial Gym and the two home games are Tennessee and Florida."
GW: North Carolina (N), Saint Mary's, Kentucky
BL: Arkansas

CBSsports.com: Gary Parrish's Weekend Look Back

FoxSports.com: Jeff Goodman's Weekly Recap

FoxSports.com: Power Rankings


SEC STANDINGS  view
East
Florida 9-2
Vanderbilt 6-4
Georgia 6-4
Tennessee 5-5
Kentucky 5-5
South Carolina 4-6
West
Alabama 8-2
Mississippi State 5-5
Arkansas 5-6
Ole Miss 4-6
LSU 2-8
Auburn 2-8

Commodores Around the Web Monday (Feb. 14)

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COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Jenkins, Vandy enjoy 3-day weekend (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins takes text message to heart (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Lockridge's AP top 25 (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins' star turn carries Commodores (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins' 32-point performance leads VU (InsideVandy)

Men's Basketball: Is Vandy's Jenkins SEC MVP? (Times Free Press)

Men's Basketball: Kentucky hits another roadblock at VU (Herald-Leader)

Women's Basketball: UT bounces back from deficit to beat VU (Tennessean)

Women's Basketball: VU can't withstand Lady Vols' surge (City Paper)

Baseball: Gray latest great ace at Vandy (College Baseball Insider)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77

Women's Basketball: Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 57

Men's Tennis: Vanderbilt defeats No. 22 Michigan 5-2

Men's Tennis: 'Dores top No. 23 Washington 5-2

Women's Tennis: VU defeats No. 13 Notre Dame 4-3

Women's Tennis: Dores fall to No. 8 Michigan 4-3

Lacrosse: Dores defeat Presbterian 22-3

Bowling: Bowlers finish second in Delaware

Track: VU competes at Tyson Invitational


VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt-Kentucky highlights and interviews



Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt-Tennessee highlights and interviews




PHOTO OF THE DAY

John Russell's cool photo of John Jenkins saluting the student section following his career day against Kentucky. View more images




SONG OF THE DAY

Outstanding performance by Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, and Bob Dylan on the Grammy Awards last night.




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Saturday morning hoops articles (Feb. 12)

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No. 18 Kentucky at No. 23 Vanderbilt - 12 p.m. CT, Memorial Gym
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan and Bill Raftery)
Radio: 97.1 RQQ (Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson), VUcommodores.com
Follow the action live online - click here

AROUND THE WEB

Tennessean: SEC schedule raises red flag

Tennessean: Vanderbilt-Kentucky: Game preview

City Paper: No time for VU to rest on its laurels

CBSsports.com: Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt preview

Herald-Leader: Liggins presents difficult test

Herald-Leader: Cats in search of second SEC road win

Courier-Journal: Road is unkind to Wildcats


OFFICIAL GAME PREVIEWS AND NOTES

VUcommodores.com: Vanderbilt hosts Kentucky Saturday

UKathletics.com: UK hits the road again


NATIONAL NEWS

Andy Katz: Weekend Watch (ESPN.com)

Joe Lunardi: NCAA Bracketology- Vanderbilt No. 6 seed (ESPN.com)

ESPN.com: NCAA Bubble Watch (ESPN.com)

Gary Parrish: Weekend look ahead (CBSsports.com)

Seth Davis: Weekend forecast (SI.com)

Luke Winn: NCAA Power Rankings (SI.com)


SATURDAY'S SEC SCHEDULE  live scores
No. 18 Kentucky at No. 23 Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. CT, CBS
LSU at Arkansas, 12:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network
Ole Miss at Alabama, 3 p.m. CT, SEC Network
Georgia at South Carolina, 3 p.m. CT, SEC Network
Tennessee at No. 17 Florida, 5 p.m. CT, ESPN
Mississippi State at Auburn, 6 p.m. CT, FSN

SEC STANDINGS  view
East
Florida 8-2
Vanderbilt 5-4
Georgia 5-4
Tennessee 5-4
Kentucky 5-4
South Carolina 4-5
West
Alabama 7-2
Mississippi State 5-4
Ole Miss 4-5
Arkansas 4-6
LSU 2-7
Auburn 1-8

Commodores Around the Web Friday (Feb. 11)

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Football: Q & A with Coach James Franklin (InsideVandy)
"The next month really is a time for us to start working on our program and our players here," Franklin said. "I'm excited because it gives me the opportunity to get to know the guys that are already on our roster ... We had our first morning workout (Wednesday) from 5:45 to 6:45, and it was like chaos. They responded really well to it. Now, we're breaking up offense and defense, putting our playbooks together, and getting organized for spring ball. It's really the specific, hands-on football development, and making sure everyone understands the message I want."
Men's Basketball: VU finishes plays, polishes off Alabama (Tennessean)
"We made plays at the end," Kevin Stallings said. "Tinsley made some huge plays for us. He just continues to be better and better."
Men's Basketball: Post-game comments from 81-77 win (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: VU wins a heart-stopper at home (City Paper)
"The thing that we've hung our hats on all year is our ability to defend, and we had a tough time [Thursday] defensively," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "Vanderbilt did a great job."
Men's Basketball: Dores prepare to enact revenge against UK (InsideVandy)

Men's Basketball: 3 points on Alabama-Vandy (Huntsville Times)

Men's Basketball: 'Memorial Magic' could magnify road woes (UKathletics.com)

Men's Basketball: Cal, players preview Vandy game (UKathletics.com)

Women's Basketball: VU ready for return date with Tennessee (InsideVandy)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

History Corner: Ron Bargatze recruited Vandy's greats

Football: Replay: Live Chat with David Williams

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77‬

Men's Basketball: Joe Fisher's postgame show, ‪Alabama‬

Men's Basketball: Fans encouraged to Wear Black to UK game

Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt 69, Georgia 59‬
"I'm so proud of how much the team has learned," Melanie Balcomb said. "I kept thinking back to Kentucky when they made the same run and we fell apart. Our body language was just terrific and didn't change. I think we know and have the confidence that we've been looking for. We have an identity now and we are stronger."
Baseball: 104.5 FM interview with Tim Corbin

Track & Field:
VU travels to Tyson Invitational

Men's Tennis: Off the court with Charlie Jones

Bowling: Commodores off to Delaware


VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Football: 'War Room' on Signing Day



NCC: Are you on board?



Men's Basketball: Highlights and interviews from VU's win over Alabama




PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Bradley Buckets comes through in the clutch (view more of Steve Green's gallery)




And don't forget to Wear Black Saturday for the Kentucky game (design by Banks Shepherd)




SONG OF THE DAY

Blessid Union Of Souls "Hey Leonardo"




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Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Feb. 9)

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COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Walker, Goulbourne practicing for VU (Tennessean)
"I would say its 50-50 for me whether (Walker) plays on Thurs­day night or not," Stallings said.
Men's Basketball: Bob Dudley Smith adds hall of fame to scrapbook (Tennessean)
"I think it's a wonderful honor and I think that I'm lucky. I tell my wife, Jean, that I feel special now. Now somebody else has made some kind of deduction about me," said Smith.
Men's Basketball: Taylor talks team and family (InsideVandy.com)

Baseball: VU works to go above preseason rankings (City Paper)
"It is great to get a little respect from the media and different people associated with college baseball," third baseman Jason Esposito said. "But you want to be No. 1, not fourth or fifth. That is what our sights are set on."
Baseball: Vandy athletes catch the Twitter bug (InsideVandy.com)

Baseball: VU gets back in the swing of things (InsideVandy.com)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Women's Basketball: All tickets allocated for UT game

Women's Basketball: 'Dores travel to Georgia

Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle, Feb. 9

Baseball: Commodores continue season preparations

Baseball: Drew Fann's College Baseball Daily Blog

Soccer: Signee Taylor Richardson


SONG OF THE DAY

Since we're on "snow patrol" in Nashville...




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Hoops Roundup: Rankings, bracketology (Feb. 7)

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(Photo by John Russell)

VANDERBILT MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS  view

Last Week
Tuesday, Feb. 1: Florida 65, Vanderbilt 61 (OT)
Saturday, Feb. 5: Vanderbilt 78, South Carolina 60

This Week
Thursday, Feb. 10: Alabama at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. CT, TV: ESPN2
Saturday, Feb. 12: Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 12 p.m. CT, TV: CBS


COMMODORES REMAIN IN RANKINGS

For the third consecutive week, Vanderbilt has been ranked in both major polls.

The Commodores (16-6, 4-4 SEC) are currently 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25 and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

VU's next two opponents also appear in the rankings-- Alabama (15-7, 7-1) is receiving votes and Kentucky (16-6, 4-4) sits at No. 18.


BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE

ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi listed Vanderbilt a No. 6 seed for the fifth week in a row.

SI.com's Andy Glockner also placed VU as a No. 6 seed.


QUOTES FROM MONDAY'S SEC TELECONFERENCE WITH KEVIN STALLINGS
Listen to the teleconference on SECsports.com

Stallings' opening statement...
"We're hoping to get more healthy. Lance Goulbourne has been suffering from an ankle injury and has not been very effective recently. We're hopeful of being able to get him some rest and healthier by game time on Thursday.

"We felt good about how we played on Saturday against South Carolina. We've got a very difficult week this week with the first place team coming in on Thursday. So, we're just going to do all we can this week to prepare and play an obviously very good Alabama team."

On doing TV interviews during media timeouts...
"That was something that was brought up at the league meetings that I think ESPN had the desire to do. We were encouraged as a group to be willing participants, so we agreed that we would be. There are some coaches that love to see themselves on camera, but in general, I don't think it's something coaches would prefer to do. But we agreed to it, so that's what we got. It's a little bit of a run-off of the things that the NBA is doing. It was just a concept that might make our game more enjoyable for people that were watching it on television.

On John Jenkins' season...
"He's really a remarkable, remarkable player, in my opinion. He's not the fastest guy, and certainly not the highest jumping guy, but he knows how to play. He knows how to use screens, he knows how to get himself open. He's got more game off the dribble than I think people tend to think, and he can make a variety of shots. I think one thing that helps him is that he's got a great shot fake. When he lifts up, first of all, you have to respect it because he's such a great shooter. If he gets you out of position, then he can draw a foul or get around you. For a guy that's not the most athletic guy in the world, he really maximizes the skill set that he has. He's been incredibly consistent and very, very valuable."

On the recruitment of Festus Ezeli...
"We saw him playing AAU basketball the summer prior to the fall he enrolled at Vanderbilt. He made several recruiting visits and there were other schools that were very interested in him; very high-level schools like Florida, Ohio State, Connecticut, Boston College. He basically came, enjoyed the visit, and liked the guys that were here. He essentially came on the condition that we redshirt him. He was going to go to a prep school and as he put it back then 'to learn how to be on a team.' We convinced him that he could learn how to be on a team here. So then, he agreed to come, but only on the condition that we redshirt him, and so that's what we did."

On Ezeli's progression since coming to Vanderbilt...
"His progress has been really incredible. He was very raw; the work ethic that you have to have to succeed at this level was completely new to him. He had trouble getting through an individual workout when he first got here. He's turned into one of our best workers. He's got a great spirit. He's extremely coachable and he really cares about not letting his teammates down. He gives you his best effort every day and as a coach that's all you can ask."


MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

SECsports.com: SEC Players of the Week

ESPN.com: Weekly Watch Week 11
Places to be this week...
Thursday, Nashville: "Alabama is 7-1 in the SEC. I did not expect to be writing that sentence at any point this season, but expectations or not, there it is. The Crimson Tide have a handful of easy games left on their schedule -- thanks SEC West! -- but two real road tests stand out. The last (and perhaps most crucial) comes March 1 at Florida. The first is Thursday night, when the Tide takes its impressive, physical defense to Vandy's always tough Memorial Gym."
ESPN.com: Andy Katz's Observations from the week

ESPN.com: Eamonn Brennan's Observations from the week

SI.com: Seth Davis' Hoops Thoughts

SI.com: Andy Glockner's Bubble Watch
SHOULD BE IN
Vanderbilt (16-6, 4-4; RPI: 19, SOS: 19)
"Dear refs, John Jenkins doesn't airball threes. Now that we got that out of the way, Vandy is far from in the barn as far as the NCAAs but also has excellent opportunities to move up. The 'Dores still get Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky all at home (plus a trip to Lexington late in the season). The fun starts this week with league leader Alabama coming to Nashville before the Wildcats come calling."
GW: North Carolina (N), Saint Mary's
BL: Arkansas

CBSsports.com: Gary Parrish's Weekend Look Back

FoxSports.com: Jeff Goodman's Weekly Recap
Week's Top Matchups: 6. Alabama at Vanderbilt, Thursday
"I never would have figured that Alabama would be involved in any game to watch this season, but the Crimson Tide sit atop the SEC and really could make a statement with a win in Nashville."

SEC STANDINGS  view
East
Florida 7-2
Tennessee 5-3
Georgia 5-4
Vanderbilt 4-4
Kentucky 4-4
South Carolina 4-4
West
Alabama 7-1
Mississippi State 4-4
Arkansas 4-5
Ole Miss 3-5
LSU 2-6
Auburn 1-8

Commodores Around the Web Monday (Feb. 7)

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Men's Basketball: Taylor's defense improves offense (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: VU taps its reserve player strength (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Post-game comments from Vandy's win (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Multiple marksmen carry Commodores (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Dores rebound after tough losses (InsideVandy.com)

Football: Q&A with Vice Chancellor David Williams (InsideVandy.com)

Football: Caldwell moves on with return to home state (City Paper)


IN THE PROS

MLB: Minor comes home again (Tennessean)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Football: Live Chat with David Williams Wednesday

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt 78, South Carolina 60

Men's Basketball: Submit questions for Joe Fisher's mailbag

Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt 103, Florida 97 (2OT)

Men's Tennis: VU sweeps Memphis at home

Women's Tennis: 'Dores sweep Princeton

Women's Tennis: Vanderbilt defeats Yale, 6-1

Swimming: VU loses heartbreaker to Tulane

Track and Field: 'Dores compete at two meets

Rod Williamson: Quick Slant- Remarkable recruiting effort


VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt-South Carolina highlights and interviews - Watch Videos








SONG OF THE DAY

Oasis - D'You Know What I Mean?




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