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    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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    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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    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    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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    Commodores Around the Web Monday (Feb. 7)

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    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    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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    Saturday morning hoops articles (Feb. 5)

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    South Carolina at No. 23 Vanderbilt - 12:47 p.m. CT, Memorial Gym
    TV: SEC Network, ESPN3.com (Dave Baker and Will Perdue)
    Radio: 97.1 RQQ, VUcommodores.com
    Follow the action live online - click here


    AROUND THE WEB


    Tennessean: SEC homestand will be key for Vandy

    Tennessean: Vanderbilt-South Carolina: Game preview

    Tennessean: Stallings, players size up South Carolina game

    City Paper: Ezeli looks to increase contributions


    OFFICIAL GAME PREVIEWS AND NOTES

    VUcommodores.com: VU begins three-game homestand on Saturday

    GamecocksOnline.com: Gamecocks travel to No. 23/24 Vanderbilt on Saturday


    NATIONAL NEWS

    Andy Katz: Weekend Watch (ESPN.com)

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

    ESPN.com: ESPN Power Rankings (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
    South Carolina at No. 23 Vanderbilt - 12:47 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
    Auburn at Georgia - 12:47 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
    Mississippi State at LSU - 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
    Alabama at Tennessee - 4 p.m. CT (Fox Sports South)
    Ole Miss at Arkansas - 5 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
    No. 10 Kentucky at Florida - 8 p.m. CT (ESPN)

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

    Around the Web: National Signing Day (Feb. 3)

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    Vero Beach prep star Larry Franklin inks with the Commodores Wednesday. (Photo: Sam Wolfe/TCPalm.com)

    Note: Go to National Signing Day Central on VUcommodores.com for signee highlight videos, bios and more.



    Associated Press: Franklin's class highlighted by QB
    "I don't know if it could've went any better really," James Franklin said. "We filled a lot of our needs, especially at the quarterback position and on the offensive line, defensive back, defensive line. Really did some good things, and I think we got faster, which is something we really wanted to do."
    Tennessean: Vanderbilt fills need at quarterback
    "In the last 48 hours, it was exciting," Franklin said. "We got on a roll the other night and the commitments were coming, and the commitments kept coming. The coaches were flying around, yelling, screaming. As we all know, a lot of times you work hard but you don't always see the dividends."
    Tennessean: The one way to tell if Vandy's recruiting has improved

    Tennessean: SEC crushes its opponents in February
    "As proud as I am with what we have done this year, we've still got a long way to go,'' Franklin admitted. "I think every time you set a goal and have an expectation and you reach that goal, now you have to set a new goal, a new standard, a new expectation.
    Tennessean: Signing Day photo gallery

    City Paper: Quarterback competition guaranteed by Franklin's class
    "If you don't want to be a competitor, this isn't the place for you. We are going to have the most competitive environment on this campus -- academically and athletically. If you're afraid of competition, don't come to Vanderbilt," Franklin said. "They understand that. Just like I told them next year I am going to recruit somebody to beat them out."
    InsideVandy.com: National Signing Day slideshow

    ESPN.com: Vanderbilt adds quarterback help

    ESPN: VU announces 2011 signing class

    Virginian-Pilot: Lafonte Thourogood picks the Commodores
    "I had to do what was best for me," Thourogood said. "That's what all of the coaches wanted, so I did what I had to do.

    "At first, (Coach Beatty) was telling me that it would be a good school for me. But in the end, he said whatever is best for me. Him saying that meant a lot to me. I sat back and prayed about it and thought about it a lot. And at the end of the day, (prayers) told me to go to Vanderbilt."
    Cape Coral Daily: Jimmy Stewart headed to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean: Joe Townsend chooses Vanderbilt
    "Vanderbilt offered me, I sat down, prayed about it and talked to my parents," Townsend said. "It's the (Southeastern Conference), it's close to home, it's a top-notch education."
    Tampa Tribune: Josh Grady going to Vanderbilt

    St. Petersburg Times: Josh Grady makes decision based on facts
    " ... at the end of the day, you have to understand that this is not a four- to five-year commitment," Grady said. "At the end of the day it's a 40- to 50-year commitment."
    Video: Josh Grady talks about picking Vanderbilt

    TC Palm: Larry Franklin impressed with Vanderbilt
    "They have a very good academic background, a great coaching staff that wants to turn the program around, and the players are motivated," Franklin said. "They've got the right mindset to win, and I feel like it's a great group of guys who are a lot like me. We're going to work hard to get on top."
    TC Palm: Larry Franklin read for next step

    Detroit Free Press: Conor Hart is Vandy bound
    "I just felt it was the place for me," Hart said. "I met the new coach (James Franklin) two weeks ago, and I think he'll bring a lot of energy to the program. He said they were going to change the culture and that he still wanted me bad. The staff has great energy. They are a bunch of young guys who have great energy and they want to win. I definitely wanted to be a part of that.
    Miami Herald: Jerron Seymour excited about Vanderbilt
    "I'm excited to come in to a program and try to turn them around and get things going," Seymour said. "I made up my mind Wednesday and called up the coaches and told them. An opportunity to play in the SEC is something you just can't pass up."
    OakRidger.com: Jose Valedon signs with Vanderbilt
    "I fell in love with the city and it was where I was born," Valedon said. "It is the perfect place to live. It's the SEC and you can't beat that. Plus the academics are unparalleled."

    Armwood quarterback Josh Grady answers media questions after announcing his decision to attend Vanderbilt. (Photo: Bill Ward/TBO.com)

    Commodores Around the Web Tuesday (Feb. 1)

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    Note: We'll have complete coverage of football national signing day starting at 7 a.m. CT Wednesday on VUcommodores.com. We'll post player bios with videos, quotes, photos and more on our NSD Central page. Also, follow @VandyFootball on Twitter to get instant notification for each signee when the NLIs come in.


    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Football: Commodores complete defensive staff (Tennessean)

    Football: Interview with defensive coordinator Bob Shoop (Tennessean)

    Football: Former foes come together to coordinate defense (City Paper)

    Football: Coach Franklin visits Greek Row (InsideVandy.com)

    Football: Franklin announces defensive staff (ESPN.com)

    Men's Basketball: Injuries hamstring Vanderbilt's rotation (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: Redshirts unusually plentiful for VU (City Paper)

    Men's Basketball: Injury issues continue to compound (City Paper)

    Men's Basketball: Duffy: Winning on the road isn't easy (NY Times)

    Men's Basketball: Hundley has basketball in his blood (Herald-Leader)

    Baseball: Journal with Drew Fann (College Baseball Daily)


    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Football: Franklin announces defensive hires

    Football: Quotes from Franklin's announcement

    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt-Florida game preview

    Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle, Feb. 1

    Lacrosse: VU picked 2nd in ALC


    VIDEOS OF THE DAY

    Football: Franklin's press conference on defensive staff - Watch Video



    Baseball: Dance-Off with Jack Armstrong, Navery Moore and Mark Lamm - Watch Video and Vote




    SONG OF THE DAY

    Seal - Bring It On




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    Saturday men's hoops articles (Jan. 29)

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    Arkansas at No. 19 Vanderbilt - 5 p.m. CT, Memorial Gym
    TV: FSN, ESPN3.com (Dave Neal and Barry Booker)
    Radio: 97.1 RQQ, VUcommodores.com, Sirius 214, XM 199
    Follow the action live online - click here


    AROUND THE WEB


    Tennessean: Jenkins makes most of film session

    Tennessean: Game preview: Arkansas at Vanderbilt

    City Paper: Tough talk inspired Taylor to take flight

    Arkansas News: Arkansas now at full strength


    OFFICIAL GAME PREVIEWS AND NOTES


    VUcommodores.com: VU hosts Arkansas Saturday

    Hogwired.com: Razorbacks take on Commodores


    NATIONAL NEWS

    Andy Katz: Weekend Watch (ESPN.com)

    Eamonn Brennan: ESPN Power Rankings (ESPN.com)

    Gary Parrish: Friday look ahead (CBSsports.com)

    Seth Davis: Weekend picks (SI.com)

    Luke Winn: NCAA Power Rankings (SI.com)

    Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Jan. 26)

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    FEATURED STORY

    Men's Basketball: Historical and magical Memorial Gym (VUcommodores.com)
    "I never felt like it was the balconies that I built, I felt like it was the balconies that we built," said Clyde Lee. "We had such a great team. It was very rewarding to be able play with those balconies and seeing them all sold out. We had a good team and it was nice the way the city accepted it."

    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Men's Basketball: Vandy's rise mirrors junior forward's (Tennessean)
    "The team has needed me more for sure, but that's been a year-long thing," Lance Goulbourne said. "This year I'm more aggressive and assertive, and I'm being tougher. I'm embracing the fact I'm a junior now. My time is running out and it's really time to step up."
    Men's Basketball: No. 19 Vanderbilt healing up (Associated Press)
    "We've weathered the storm in games honestly better than I thought we might. ... If we can get Fes and Steve closer to 100 percent health-wise, I'll feel good about our team going forward because then we'll have what we're used to," Kevin Stallings said.
    Men's Basketball: SEC Fast Break with Chris Dortch (SECsports.com)

    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt basketball observations (Bob McClellan)

    Men's Basketball: Assistant basketball coaches talk longevity (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: Goulbourne gets first SEC honor (City Paper)

    Men's Basketball: Road games test Commodore mettle (InsideVandy.com)

    Men's Basketball: SEC teams meriting more credit (Times Free Press)

    Men's Basketball: Bulldogs don't play with heart, says Bost (Clarion Ledger)

    Football: Long-snapper knows NFL is long shot (Tennessean)

    Baseball: Second baseman now knows patience, humility (City Paper)
    "I feel like it helped me grow a lot as a person," Riley Reynolds said. "It helped me learn the work habits I need to have to get better, to not just be content with what I was at freshman year but to get better, and that you always have to work for what you want. You are never going to get handed anything."

    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Men's Basketball: 104.5 FM with Kevin Stallings

    Men's Basketball: Goulbourne wins SEC Player of Week

    Men's Tennis: 2011 signing class ranked No. 1
    "We are very excited about this talented group of players," said head coach Ian Duvenhage. "We can't wait for them to be part of our program in the fall."
    Men's Tennis: Off the court with Charlie Jones

    Women's Tennis: `Dores rise in the rankings

    History Corner: Historical and magical Memorial Gym

    Joe Fisher: Tuesday's 97.1 Update


    SONG OF THE DAY

    The Simpsons - Do the Bartman




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    Commodores Around the Web Monday (Jan. 24)

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    FEATURED STORY

    NFL: Don't question Cutler's toughness (SI.com)
    "Jay was hurt," said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. "We don't question his toughness. He's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn't bitch, he doesn't complain when he gets hit. He goes out there and plays his [expletive] off every Sunday. He practices every single day. We don't question his toughness."

    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Men's Basketball: Commodores shut down hot-scoring squad (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: VU outshoots 'great' shooting Saint Mary's (City Paper)

    Men's Basketball: Nothing but 'net for Duffy (InsideVandy.com)

    Men's Basketball: Stallings: At times, MSU has looked 'absolutely awesome' (Clarion Ledger)

    Women's Basketball: UK women surge past Vanderbilt (Herald-Leader)


    IN THE PROS

    NFL: Don't question Cutler's toughness (SI.com)

    NFL: Question Smith, not Cutler (Chicago Tribune)

    NFL: Cutler's critics are way out of line (USA Today)

    NFL: Cutler really isn't a jerk, Johnson says (Post and Courier)


    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Men's Basketball: Goulbourne wins SEC Player of the Week

    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt 89, St. Mary's 70

    Men's Basketball: Joe Fisher's postgame show, St. Mary's

    Women's Basketball: Kentucky 78, Vanderbilt 68

    Men's Tennis: 'Dores earn sweep on opening day

    General: VU to provide career connections to athletes


    VIDEOS OF THE DAY

    Men's Basketball: Saint Mary's highlights and interviews - Watch Videos

    Women's Basketball: Kentucky highlights and interviews - Watch Videos

    Women's Basketball: VU locker room tour with Jordan Coleman - Watch Video




    SONG OF THE DAY

    Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Two Step (Live)




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    Commodores Around the Web Saturday (Jan. 22)

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    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Men's Basketball: Dores able to hang onto assistants (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt-Saint Mary's: Game preview (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: St. Mary's takes its winning streak on the road (San Francisco Chronicle)

    Men's Basketball: Seth Davis' Weekend Picks (SI.com)

    Men's Basketball: Weekend Watch (ESPN.com)

    Men's Basketball: Gary Parrish's Friday Look Ahead (CBSsports.com)

    Football: From Bill Wade to Jay Cutler, Vandy dandy takes Chicago (FanHouse.com)

    Football: Cutler lauds OL for improvement (ChicagoBears.com)

    Football: Bennett has fond memories of Charles Woodson (Green Bay Press Gazette)


    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt hosts #22/21 St. Mary's Saturday

    Women's Basketball: VU to play at No. 19 Kentucky

    Women's Tennis: 'Dores top No. 9 Northwestern

    Men's Tennis: VU hopes process will lead to success

    Bowling: Bowlers in third at Big Red


    VIDEOS OF THE DAY

    Women's Tennis: Keilly Ulery on VU's win over No. 9 Northwestern - Watch Video



    Men's Golf: Commodores' strength and conditioning exercises - Watch Video




    SONG OF THE DAY

    B-52's - Private Idaho




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    Commodores Around the Web Friday (Jan. 21)

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    FEATURED STORY

    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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    Commodores Around the Web Wednesday (Jan. 19)

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    FEATURED STORY

    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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    Commodores Around the Web Tuesday (Jan. 18)

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    FEATURED STORY

    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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    Saturday morning hoops articles (Jan. 15)

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    The Commodore basketball teams will make their first ever appearance on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday against Tennessee in Knoxville. GameDay coverage will begin at 9 a.m. CT on ESPN. The men's game starts at 11 a.m. CT followed by the women's game at 7 p.m. CT. Get ready for the action with today's stories on the doubleheader.

    AROUND THE WEB


    Men's Basketball: Dores, Vols receive national attention from ESPN (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: Pearl's bold declaration: 'Must win' (Knoxville News Sentinel)

    Men's Basketball: Here's all you need to know on VU-UT (Knoxville News Sentinel)

    Men's Basketball: ESPN loses its leading man in Pearl (Knoxville News Sentinel)

    Men's Basketball: Vandy typically tough (247sports.com)

    Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt women at Lady Vols (Tennessean)

    Women's Basketball: Stronger cast for Lady Vols (Knoxville News Sentinel)


    OFFICIAL GAME PREVIEWS AND NOTES


    Men's Basketball: Vanderbilt travels to Tennessee (VUcommodores.com)

    Men's Basketball: UT's gameday central (UTsports.com)

    Women's Basketball: VU's ready for spotlight (VUcommodores.com)

    Women's Basketball: Commodores set for primetime game (VUcommodores.com)

    Women's Basketball: Lady Vols welcome Vanderbilt (UTsports.com)


    THE BLOG


    Men's Basketball: Dores getting respect from Vols

    Men's Basketball: Video: Emergence of Ezeli

    Men's Basketball: Dores on ESPN's College GameDay

    Men's Basketball: SEC MBB weekend schedule


    NATIONAL NEWS


    Andy Katz: Weekend Watch (ESPN.com)

    Gary Parrish: Friday look ahead (CBSsports.com)

    Seth Davis: Weekend picks (SI.com)


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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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    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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    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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    Commodores Around the Web Friday (Jan. 7)

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    FEATURED STORY

    Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt ends two-game skid (VUcommodores.com)
    "I was glad to be winning again," Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "We'd lost two in a row so I'm glad we put two halves together. We did a lot of work since that last game and all I could focus on was trying to keep them focused on what their task was, and not focused on what happened the last two games."


    COMMODORES AROUND THE WEB

    Men's Basketball: Tough road awaits Dores with start of SEC play (City Paper)

    "Every single one of the teams in this league is capable of beating anybody," guard Brad Tinsley said. "That is what is so great about the league -- home or away, anybody can beat anybody. So you can't take anybody lightly. That is definitely not what we are doing. We are going into a tough environment and we just have to play our game."

    Men's Basketball: SEC East has all the power (Tennessean)

    Men's Basketball: McClellan discusses redshirt (Tennessean)

    "I just thought that given the depth of the ros­ter, it would be the best deci­sion for me to work on my skills and get bet­ter every­day out here with the team we have," McClellan said. "The deci­sion thus far has been great. I feel like I'm impro­ving at a rapid rate and I'm loo­king for­ward to next year."

    Men's Basketball: Power Rankings- No. 19 Vanderbilt (ESPN.com)

    Men's Basketball: Drama never far away in SEC (ESPN.com)

    Men's Basketball: SEC might not be as bad as it looks (Lexington Herald-Leader)

    Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt women finally hold a lead (Tennessean)

    Baseball: Stan Ziomek receives honor from Babe Ruth Hall of Fame (MassLive.com)


    IN THE PROS

    NFL: Cutler excited about making NFL playoff debut (ChicagoBears.com)

    "There are going to be some jitters," Cutler said. "I think if there are no jitters you don't care that much. Guys are going to have some pre-game jitters and stuff, but the good thing about having a young team is we're just going to go out there and play. We have nothing else to lose."

    VUCOMMODORES.COM NEWS

    Quick Slant: Suggestion box overflowing

    Men's Basketball: VU opens SEC play at S. Carolina

    Football: Stokes a finalist for Bowden Award

    Swimming: VU plays host to Kansas Saturday
    "Kansas is a really strong team that is very well coached," head coach Jeremy Organ said. "We do not know what to expect from the swimmers this week but we've been training hard. Erika Deardorf has looked great in the water lately so look to her to post some good times this weekend."

    Bowling: Hamilton battling for Team USA Trials title

    Women's Tennis: Dillon defends title in Ireland


    VIDEOS OF THE DAY


    Women's Basketball: Russian Bar Trio performance at halftime



    Men's Basketball: Stallings previews South Carolina game

    Women's Basketball: Vanderbilt-Mississippi State highlights

    Women's Basketball: Balcomb, Holzer on VU win


    SONG OF THE DAY

    Alan Thicke "Sweaty and Hot"

    I'll always remember Alan Thicke as Mike Seaver's dad on Growing Pains... or as the composer and singer of the theme for Diff'rent Strokes.

    But his song "Sweaty and Hot" takes the cake. Canadian pop at it's finest.

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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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