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Photos of the Day

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First, Twitter was abuzz over the opening of Oregon's new basketball facility, Matthew Knight Arena, last night. The majority of the talk centered around the Ducks' unique court.

My thoughts? Different is good, and Oregon is the best when it comes to that category.

If you haven't seen the court, check out the 54-picture gallery on ESPN.com.



Also, give the New York Post credit for their front page cover previewing the Jets' playoff game with arch-rival New England. Too bad Darth Vader will reign supreme.



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David Williams answers fan questions

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Check out the first edition of The Williams Report.

Thanks to your fan questions, Vice Chancellor David Williams hits on a bunch of hot topics like stadium renovations, football scheduling, parking and more.

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Commodores Around the Web Friday (Jan. 14)

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FEATURED STORY

Football: Franklin announces initial hires (VUcommodores.com)
"I'm extremely pleased to make this announcement today," Franklin said. "All of these coaches want to be part of something really special. When I called, many of them said yes without even talking about money and titles. They simply want to help turn this program into a success."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Football: Commodores' football staff has 'chemistry' (Tennessean)

Football: Hand matches enthusiasm of new staff (City Paper)
"I believe in Coach Franklin and the vision he has for the program, the excitement he has generated," Hand said. "I want to be a part of it."
Football: New year, new coach call for shift in mentality (InsideVandy.com)

Football: Franklin taps ties in filling offensive staff (Associated Press)

Football: Franklin unveils his offensive staff (ESPN.com)

Men's Basketball: Commodores are set at center (Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: VU has little concern for Vols' current struggles (City Paper)

Men's Basketball: Jenkins 'a tough cover' from 3-point arc (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
"You better make (Jenkins) put it on the floor. Because if you're late you're gonna get nailed," UT coach Bruce Pearl said. "But Vanderbilt's offense does not allow you to take one guy and just put him on (Jenkins). Their offense is too good.''
Men's Basketball: Commodores head to Knoxville (InsideVandy.com)

Men's Basketball: All about the SEC: Vandy dandy (YahooSports.com)

Men's Basketball: SEC East makes picking champion difficult (CBSsports.com)

Men's Basketball: Festus Ezeli is big for Vandy (Times Free Press)


IN THE PROS

NFL: Bears and Hawks: Cutler's role (ESPN.com)
"I'm probably not the first quarterback that hasn't been to the playoffs in the first five years," Cutler said, "and I probably won't be the last. We're in a good situation now. We've just got to take advantage of it."

VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Football: Franklin quotes on staff additions

Football: Thursday Q&A with Coach Franklin

Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt 82, Alabama 66
"I think we were ready tonight," Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "We had paid the price before on the road and didn't want that to happen again, and I felt like this was the right timing for us to get our first SEC win on the road."

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Coach Franklin introduces his offensive staff - Watch Video




SONG OF THE DAY

Paul McCartney - Put It There




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Video: Taylor's dunk No. 1 on SportsCenter

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Note: Video updated with Joe Fisher's radio call

In a matchup loaded with high-flyers, Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor demonstrated why he's second to none above the rim.

The junior forward soared to a jaw-dropping, one-handed alley-oop dunk off an inbounds play in the first half of the Commodores' 73-66 win over Georgia Wednesday night.

Taylor's highlight-reel moment didn't go unnoticed. It was selected as the No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN's SportsCenter.

"Whenever you have an electrifying play like that, it kind of gets everybody going," Taylor said. "It's what the crowd wants. It's kind of a crowd pleaser and it definitely pumps your own teammates up, so it's a good thing."

Vanderbilt photographer Joe Howell captured the jam in the image below. You can also watch the play in our game highlights on YouTube at the 1:08 mark.

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Commodores Around the Web Thursday (Jan. 13)

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FEATURED STORY

Men's Basketball: Dores bounce back with 73-66 win (VUcommodores.com)
"We're hungry, we're still mad about that (South Carolina) game," center Festus Ezeli said. "We still have a bad taste about that one because we didn't play to our abilities."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball: Commodores defeat Bulldogs 73-66 (The Tennessean)

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

Men's Basketball: Georgia staying in Nashville thanks to snow (The Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: Ezeli's energy, execution lift VU (The City Paper)
"I think coaches know (about Festus Ezeli)," Kevin Stallings said. "I don't think he is really going to sneak up on anyone."
Men's Basketball: Georgia loses to Vanderbilt (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Women's Basketball: VU looks to take winning ways on road (The City Paper)
"I think we will be more focused this time (on the road)," guard Jasmine Lister said. "I felt like we were playing like we didn't want to lose instead of winning on the road. Now, we are going to focus on winning.
Baseball: Draftable juniors ready for big campaigns (YahooSports.com)
"The Commodores will have one of the nation's better weekend rotations this season with Sonny Gray and others leading the way. Gray has had a fruitful campaign at Vandy and is expected to parlay a solid junior season into an even better first-round draft status."

IN THE PROS

NFL: Jay Cutler a 'good guy' (ESPN.com)
"I probably know him better than y'all do," RB Matt Forte said. "I will tell you that he is probably the opposite of what you guys portray him to be. Jay is a good guy, and he comes to work every day to work hard."
NFL: Cutler says loser tag didn't irk him (Chicago Tribune)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Football: James Franklin to appear on 104.5 The Zone Thursday

Men's Basketball: Recap- Vanderbilt 73, Georgia 66

Men's Basketball: Fisher's postgame radio show

History Corner: Eddie Fogler recalls his career
"The only thing I will honestly say about (my time at Vanderbilt) and this is hard to believe, but its true," Fogler said. "I'm not sure why I left Vanderbilt. I really don't know. Now that sounds like bull, but why would I give you bull 17 years after the fact? I honestly do not know exactly what happened. Obviously, something went awry. I just decided to go to South Carolina."
Bowling: VU starts "second season"


VIDEO OF THE DAY


Jeffery Taylor's dunk, which was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter last night, is at the 1:08 mark -- Vanderbilt-Georgia highlights




SONG OF THE DAY


Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell -- "Ain't no Mountain High Enough"




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Vanderbilt-Georgia highlights and interviews

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Highlights of Vanderbilt's 73-66 win over Georgia plus postgame reaction from Coach Stallings, Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli.





Wednesday's SEC Men's Basketball results (Jan. 12)

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WEDNESDAY'S SEC RESULTS
Vanderbilt 73, Georgia 66

NASHVILLE (AP) - John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli scored 18 points apiece and Vanderbilt beat No. 24 Georgia 73-66 on Wednesday night to snap the Bulldogs' nine-game winning streak and ruin their first game back in the Top 25 since the end of the 2003 season. Read More

Alabama 57, South Carolina 47
TUSCALOOSA (AP) -- JaMychal Green scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots to lead Alabama to a 57-47 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night. Read More

LSU 56, Arkansas 53
BATON ROUGE (AP) -- LSU made just enough foul shots in the final minute for a 56-53 victory against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game Wednesday night. Read More

THURSDAY'S SEC SCHEDULE
Mississippi State (8-7, 0-1) at Ole Miss (12-4, 0-1), 8 p.m. CT, ESPN2

SEC EAST STANDINGS
Florida 2-0
Vanderbilt 1-1
Kentucky 1-1
Georgia 1-1
South Carolina 1-1
Tennessee 0-2

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Franklin to name offensive staff Thursday

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*Vanderbilt football head coach James Franklin is expected to officially announce his offensive coaching staff Thursday afternoon. The press conference is scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m. CT on campus. Stay with VUcommodores.com for complete coverage of the event.

*Also scheduled for Thursday-- Franklin will make his first appearance on Nashville's top-ranked afternoon sports talk show. Franklin will spend the 4 o'clock hour with 104.5 Sports Zone co-hosts George Plaster and Willy Daunic. You can listen to the interview live online at 1045thezone.com.

*Finally, mark your calendar. Franklin will be introduced to Commodore fans during the men's basketball game against Ole Miss next Wednesday, January 19.

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Heed! Move! Now!

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Coming soon to Memorial Gym... Oversized noggins of your favorite Commodore basketball players.

The props, which were created by the Memorial Maniacs, will be displayed in the student section during games.

(Thanks to DVE for the image)



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Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Jan. 12)

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FEATURED STORY

Football: Franklin takes scenic route to top coaching job (Bucks County Courier)
"I've recruited the West," Franklin said. "I've been to BCS bowl games, I've coached in the South, I've coached in the NFL, I have a master's degree, so there's nothing that could be on my resume that somebody could say, 'Oh we're an academic school, we need someone with a master's degree.' Well, I have that. I took opportunities and ran with them."

COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

Men's Basketball:
Dores prepare to face Georgia (The Tennessean)
"It's not panic time at all. If we do that, we're going to be in bad shape," John Jenkins said.
Men's Basketball: Vandy players size up Georgia (The Tennessean)
"It's going to be a good game for us," Festus Ezeli said. "From a tough­ness aspect, they rebound very well and their big men are pretty good. So it's going to be a good inside-outside matchup for us."
Men's Basketball: Fox has done well, but pieces were in place (The Tennessean)

Men's Basketball: VU's athleticism faces stern test (The City Paper)
"(Georgia's) pretty athletic," Lance Goulbourne said. "Travis Leslie is obviously a highlight reel. People know who he is. Trey Thompkins is a real good player. He was the preseason SEC player of the year. We are just looking forward to a challenge, getting back on the winning track and doing our best and coming out fighting."
Men's Basketball: Joe Duffy Blog- Living Like the Pros (New York Times)

Men's Basketball: Bulldogs bus it to Nashville (OnlineAthens.com)

Football: VU introduced new coach on Facebook (InsideVandy.com)


IN THE PROS

NFL: Bears realize running game more important in playoffs (Chicago Tribune)

NFL: Bears feel they've made great strides (ChicagoBears.com)


VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

Football: James Franklin- Leading mentor of quarterbacks
"Coach (Franklin) truly knows the position, and really taught me how to be a college quarterback and what it meant to have that role," Maryland QB Danny O'Brien said. "Everything from watching film the proper way and leading our team to how I should carry myself, on and off the field."
Men's Basketball: VU welcomes Georgia for SEC home opener

Women's Basketball: VU looks for road win at Alabama

Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle - Jan. 11

Joe Fisher: Tuesday's 97.1 Update

Commodore Nation Magazine: Swimming into the record books


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Men's Basketball:
Stallings previews Georgia game


SONG OF THE DAY


This song was the only good thing about Ghostbusters II.

I remember waiting for the video to come on MTV every day as a kid.

Nice cameos by Rick Moranis and Donald Trump.




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