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    Commodores Around the Web Thursday (Jan. 6)

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    FEATURED NEWS STORY

    Football:
    The James Franklin era of Vanderbilt Football begins (Jim Patterson, Vanderbilt News Service)

    "We may not make a bowl game next year and still feel the year is successful," Vice Chancellor David Williams said. "My hope is that we'll get to a place where not going to a bowl game is a disappointing season. "People may laugh at this, but my expectation is that within the next five years we'll play for the SEC championship. I think to compete for the SEC championship is the goal."

    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Men's Basketball: Dores use walk-on players to add depth (The Tennessean)
    "Those guys have added a great dimension to our team," Head Coach Kevin Stallings said. "And when they get put in, there's not a tremendous drop-off in the play and the effort level and energy level. And that's all you can ask for as a coach."
    Women's Basketball: VU hopes return to home yields 40 good minutes (The City Paper)
    "The positive is that we have been good for 20 minutes. It is not like we are a bad basketball team," Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "The negative is you have to learn how to win with a lead. You have to learn how to play with a lead when people come, when they put it in another gear. We haven't responded well."
    Women's Basketball: Mississippi State game preview (The Tennessean)


    IN THE PROS

    NFL: Cutler comfortable with playoff leadership role (Chicago Tribune)
    "It's hard, especially to get a bye in the playoffs," Jay Cutler said. "Some guys make the playoffs every year, some guys never make the playoffs. I have a good understanding of how hard it really is to get in the playoffs. I've been close a few times, but it's been a fun ride so far on this team."
    NFL: Cutler finally preparing for playoffs (Associated Press)

    MLB: Price named state's Male Athlete of the Year (Daily News Journal)


    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Women's Basketball: VU returns home to play Miss. St.

    Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle- Getting back on track

    Women's Basketball: Russian Bar Trio to perform Thursday

    Men's Tennis: `Dores ranked in first poll of 2011

    Women's Tennis: 'Dores ranked in preseason ITA poll

    Bowling: Bowlers stay strong at USA Trials


    SONG OF THE DAY

    This song reminds me of being trapped in my parent's stationwagon on long trips with no authority to change the radio station. Looking back, I guess it really wasn't that bad!




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