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Q&A with Lance Goulbourne

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Junior forward Lance Goulbourne talked with reporters on Thursday about the Commodores' upcoming matchup with Saint Mary's.

On learning from the losses to Tennessee and South Carolina...
"We definitely did, and those were two games we regret heavily. I wish we could have those back but you move on and you learn from it. I think we did a good job learning from it (against Ole Miss).

"We're going to try to forget about it. We want to move past that. Obviously it might be in the back of our minds, but we don't want to think about that. We just want to keep pushing forward."

On executing down the stretch against Ole Miss...
"We have older guys that have been through the fire for us. When we get to the line, we know to knock down our free throws, protect the ball, protect the lead and build on it. That's a big thing for us because we have a lot of guys that can go in there and do a lot of things. We have a lot of aspects of our game that can control the tempo for us."

On if it's harder for John Jenkins to get open with teams keying on him...
"It doesn't seem like it. He's been busting out 20-point games like it's pretty easy. It's pretty tough to get John open because guys kind of hang on to him; they know he's a good shooter and don't want to let him loose. We have a lot of plays set up for John so people can't really scout what we're going to do. He's been getting open and knocking down his shots. As long as he does that, we're going to be in pretty good shape."

On if teams game plan to defend John Jenkins first...
"I don't know if that's their first option, but that would be my first option if I was coaching against him. The kid can really shoot the ball. You don't want John to get any space because he'll shoot it. He's confident enough to let it go and make it. I assume that's in everybody's game plan to not let John get any open shots, or Jeff (Taylor) to attack the basket, or Fes (Ezeli) to get the ball inside."

On facing Saint Mary's...
"We played them last year and beat them by two in their house. I'm sure that they still have that (game) in the back of their minds and want revenge. That's going to be a pretty good team to come in here. They've got some good guards, they've got some good bigs and we're going to be focused and ready for that. We've got the next two days to prepare for them and we're just ready to fight."

On having a nonconference game in the middle of SEC play...
"I don't think there's really any feeling about it. I think it's another game that we have to prepare for the same way with the same focus and intensity. We just got to go in there prepared to fight and do the same things we've done every day. Just play them like every other team. We can't think of it as a SEC game or a nonconference game, we just have to be prepared to fight."

On what this game means for postseason play...
"(Saint Mary's) is a top-25 team. They've been climbing up the rankings and beating a lot of teams. They've only lost to BYU and San Diego State. We're right there, too, as a top-25, top-30 team in the country. We want to keep building our resume for the end of the season. We want to get in the (NCAA) tournament and know that nothing's guaranteed."

Commodores Around the Web Friday (Jan. 21)

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Women's Basketball: VU to retire Chantelle Anderson's jersey
"I am beyond excited," Anderson said. "Having my name hanging in the rafters at a school like Vanderbilt with such a rich tradition is the highest honor. It started with a goal freshman year before I ever played a college basketball game and I thank God for blessing me with so many wonderful people who helped make it happen. It really is amazing to me."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Football: Family ties dictate Rodgers' rooting interest (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Zone looks like bad option against St. Mary's (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Take 2 with Fuller and Odom (InsideVandy.com)

Men's Basketball: Dores play through injuries (InsideVandy.com)

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt vs. St. Mary's game preview (CBS)

Men's Basketball: Q&A with John Jenkins (GatorSports.com)

Men's Basketball: Commodores defeat Ole Miss (Tennessean)

Women's Basketball: Commodores top No. 23 Arkansas (Tennessean)

Women's Basketball: Freshman's shooting, persistence pace VU (City Paper)

Baseball: Power shift expected in SEC (YahooSports)


IN THE PROS

MLB: Price wins Warren Spahn Award (Associated Press)

NFL: Cutler performing at high level (ChicagoBears.com)

NFL: Bucs promote ex-linebacker Quarles (Tampa Bay Online)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

NCC: NCC announces Commodores On Board

Quick Slant: Getting involved

Football: Franklin wants fans to 'unite'

Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt 84, Ole Miss 74

Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt 65, Arkansas 54

Bowling: VU grabs Big Red lead


VIDEOS OF THE DAY

Football: James Franklin's speech to Commodore fans - Watch Video

Men's Basketball: Highlights/interviews, Ole Miss Game - Watch Video

Women's Basketball: Highlights/interviews, Arkansas Game - Watch Video

NFL: Chicago QB Jay Cutler discusses the Green Bay matchup - Watch Video


SONG OF THE DAY

Props to Nick Wells for his Vanderbilt remix titled "Black and Gold." The original song, Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," is used during the Commodores' starting lineup in Memorial Gym.




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Franklin wants fans to 'unite'

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(Photo by Steve Green)

In his introduction at last night's basketball game, football head coach James Franklin simply asked Commodore Nation to rally together behind the program in the days ahead.

"We have a plan; we have a vision for what this program could be, but we can't do it alone," Franklin stated. "We need everybody's support. We need this community, we need this campus to come together and unite more than it ever has before."

Franklin got one of the loudest reactions when he singled out the student section, telling them that they could make the biggest impact by getting involved with the team and creating a true home field advantage.

Franklin closed his address by guaranteeing that brighter days are ahead. "Failure is not an option. We're going to succeed."

Watch the video below including footage of Franklin's entrance into the student section following his speech. Also, listen to Joe Fisher's halftime interview and check out Steve Green's photos from the event.

Recap: Jordan Rodgers on ESPN's First Take

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Vanderbilt junior quarterback Jordan Rodgers appeared on ESPN2's First Take Wednesday (watch video) to discuss his ties to this weekend's NFC Championship Game between Chicago and Green Bay.

Rodgers' older brother, Aaron, is the starting QB for the Packers, while Bears QB Jay Cutler was extremely helpful offering advice when he transferred to Vanderbilt last January.

Despite his relationship with Cutler, Jordan told ESPN host Dana Jacobson there's no dilemma when it comes to who he's cheering for this Sunday. "There's definitely no question that I'll be rooting for the Packers," Jordan said, "but with so many Vanderbilt players playing for the Bears, I root for them every other week besides the week they play the Packers. This week I'm green and gold."

Jordan also explained how he had the opportunity to pick Cutler's brain after he arrived on campus.

"Jay was real good to me when I got into town. I was able to run questions off him about our school, the offense and the coaches. I also worked out with him a little bit while he was in town during the offseason. He was a big help."

On comparing the two NFL quarterbacks, Jordan added, "They both have unbe­lie­va­ble arms, so my hands hurt a little bit after pla­ying catch with them. They both kind of play their own game, they really do, so it's tough to com­pare the two. They're both pla­ying really well right now and it's going to be a great game this weekend."

(Photos courtesy of Chris Weinman and Brian Smokler)





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Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Jan. 19)

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Men's Basketball: VU aims to remedy second-half rebounding woes (City Paper)
"I think it is a mental thing, an individual thing. You've got to decide you are going to go rebound in the second half," center Festus Ezeli said. "I don't understand why there is such a big difference. We are the same team. They are the same team. We are going to get that right. Starting [Wednesday] it is going to get right."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Commodores have yet to find finish line (Tennessean)
"Maybe you just have to win one in a similar situation and then you can derive some confidence from that," Kevin Stallings said. "We practice situations all the time, and we've just let a couple get away from us. There are some confidence issues. There are some nerve issues. But I think it's something we'll get conquered and under control."

Men's Basketball: Game preview: Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball:
Jenkins takes scoring lead into SEC schedule (InsideVandy.com)

Men's Basketball: Rebels seek to decipher SEC enigma (Clarion-Ledger)
"I'm seeing a sense of urgency with the team," Ole Miss forward Terrance Henry said of the Rebels' 0-3 start. "We were hoping for a good start to start in the SEC, but you know now that we haven't had a good start. We're feeling it and we've just got to do something about it."
Men's Basketball: Rebels try to buck the odds at Vandy (Sun Herald)


IN THE PROS

NFL:
Bears must protect Cutler (ChicagoBears.com)
"(Green Bay) did a great job three weeks ago of putting some pressure on us and taking us out of our rhythm offensively," Cutler said. "We have to go back and really take a look at that film and look at what they did to us because obviously they're going to do some of the same stuff."
NFL: Cutler graces Sports Illustrated cover (VUcommodores.com)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Football: Jordan Rodgers to appear on ESPN's First Take

Men's Basketball: Ole Miss game preview

Women's Basketball: 'Dores vie for SEC position


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Stallings previews tonight's matchup with Ole Miss - Watch Video




SONG OF THE DAY

David Bowie "Starman"




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Tuesday's SEC Men's Basketball results (Jan. 18)

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TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Tennessee 59, Georgia 57
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Brian Williams somehow managed to put back a buzzer-beater as he was falling down, giving Tennessee a 59-57 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night. Recap

Alabama 68, Kentucky 66
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Ben Eblen grabbed a loose ball and made one of two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to help Alabama preserve a 68-66 victory over No. 12 Kentucky on Tuesday night. Recap

WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. CT, CSS
Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. CT, SEC Network

THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE
Florida at Auburn, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN

SEC STANDINGS
East

Florida 2-1
South Carolina 2-1
Georgia 2-2
Kentucky 2-2
Tennessee 2-2
Vanderbilt 1-2
West
Alabama 3-1
LSU 2-1
Arkansas 2-1
Mississippi State 2-1
Auburn 0-3
Ole Miss 0-3

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Men's Basketball Bracketology (Jan. 18)

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The latest (meaningless) postseason projections are in...

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

CBSsports.com's Jerry Palm gave the Commodores a No. 7 seed.

SI.com's Andy Glockner moved VU up to a No. 5 seed.

Also, Glockner posted his Bubble Watch breakdown for each conference and had Vanderbilt "In the Mix" for a tournament spot.
Vanderbilt (12-4, 1-2; RPI: 22, SOS: 35)
The Commodores were on their way to a great week until they let Tennessee rally from 17 down to steal one in Knoxville. They get two home dates this week, including a bubbly nonleague meeting with St. Mary's, to make things right again.
Good Wins: North Carolina (N)

Bad Losses: None

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Cutler graces Sports Illustrated cover

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It's been a week of firsts for Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.

On Sunday, Cutler picked up his first playoff victory by accounting for four touchdowns in the Bears' 35-24 win over Seattle.

Now, he's featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which hit newsstands Tuesday.

Cutler and the Bears will face their old rivals Green Bay this Sunday for the right to go to Super Bowl XLV.

Cutler is the second Commodore to grace the front of the popular sports magazine in the last four months. Tampa Bay pitcher David Price was on the cover in October for SI's Major League Baseball Playoff preview.

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(Photographed by: John Biever / SI)

Jordan Rodgers to appear on ESPN's First Take

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Set your TiVos...

First, the NFL Network will air Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler's press conference Wednesday at noon CT.  Cutler and the Bears are preparing for the NFC Championship Game with Green Bay Sunday at Soldier Field (2 p.m. CT, FOX).

Also on Wednesday, Vanderbilt junior quarterback Jordan Rodgers will appear on ESPN to talk about the Packers, quarterbacked by his older brother Aaron, and Cutler's Chicago squad that also features three other former Commodores in the starting lineup.

The segment, on ESPN's First Take, should air about 10:40 a.m., CT.

Cutler helped Jordan get acclimated to Nashville after he transferred from Butte Junior College (Calif.) last year, then spent time during the offseason working out with the Bear starter on campus.

"(Jay's) a guy who's been great to my little brother," Aaron Rodgers told ChicagoBears.com in September. "As a big brother, it's much appreciated the way he's made my little brother feel comfortable down there and get the lay of the land down there in Nashville.

"It's only helped to strengthen our friendship. I pull for him 14 weeks out of the season, and hopefully he throws us a couple in those other two weeks."

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Commodores Around the Web Tuesday (Jan. 18)

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Men's Basketball:
When it comes to VU player, parents just understand (City Paper)
"There is nothing like sitting in the front row and watching your son play,"  Brad Tinsley's mother, Kathy, said. "I just can't even imagine how nerve-wracking it would be to only get to see him and not have that personal interaction afterwards, whether it is a good game or a rocky game. Just to be able to be with him, give him a hug when he needs it and a pat on the back. That is just so special."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Football: Coaches believe success is closer than expected (Tennessean)

Football: Sean Richardson staying at Vanderbilt (Demopolis Times)

Football: VU has history as stepping stone, albeit a small one (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Walker undecided on senior season (Tennessean)

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

Men's Basketball: SEC Hoops Teleconference (SECsports.com)

Men's Basketball: SEC Men's Hoops Notebook (SECsports.com)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Men's Basketball: VU returns home, takes on Ole Miss

Commodore Nation: Lance Goulbourne: Two-court athlete

Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle- Playing in front of family

Bowling: VU wins Mid-Winter Classic


SONG OF THE DAY


What possibly could 13-year-olds rap about? Missing the bus.

So wear your clothes backwards, throw your arms forward, and sing this song from "Mac Daddy" and "Daddy Mac."




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