On Deck: Check out this magnificent article by Aaron Fitt of Baseball America on VU pitching coach Derek Johnson. Fitt goes into great detail on the impact Johnson has had on the Commodore program. Also, vote for lacrosse midfielder Ally Carey as the Lacrosse Magazine 2011 Preseason Player of the Year. The poll will end Monday at 4 p.m. CT. Click here to vote
AROUND THE WEB WEDNESDAY
Football: Larry Smith remains injured (Jeff Lockridge, The Tennessean)
Football: SEC predictions Week 13 (Chris Low, ESPN.com)
Men's Basketball: Taylor adds 3-pointers to offense (Bryan Mullen, The Tennessean)
Men's Basketball: Stallings makes sure Dores don't forget defense (Jerome Boettcher, The City Paper)
Baseball: Derek Johnson knows pitching (Aaron Fitt, Baseball America)
Baseball: Top 100 Countdown: 63. Aaron Westlake (College Baseball Daily)
IN THE PROS
NFL: Dores in the NFL, Week 11 recap (Larry Leathers)
Football: Weekly game notes and depth charts (Larry Leathers)
Men's Basketball: VU returns to Memorial Gym Wednesday (Andrew Boggs)
Women's Basketball: VU hosts Thanksgiving Tourney (Ryan Schulz)
Women's Basketball: Angela's Angle - 11/23 (Angela Puleo)
Tennis: Blog-- South Africa Day 3 (Jackie Wu)
Tennis: Blog-- Greetings from Johannesburg! (Charlie Jones)
Lacrosse: Vote Carey for Lacrosse Preseason POY (Chris Weinamn)
Swimming: Swimmers' Stories update (Melissa Roberts)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
(Photo credit: Lynn White) -- Cross country sophomore Jordan White (middle) with head coach Steve Keith and assistant coach Rhonda Riley at the NCAA Championships. White finished 112th out of 255, the best result for a Commodore runner at the NCAA Championships in school history. View Photo Gallery
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Forward Jeffery Taylor on his success from three-point range:
Source: The Tennessean
"I always had a pretty good-looking shot and a good release. It was more about the repetition and getting it into my head that I can shoots 3s, and that I can be good at it."
Basketball coach Kevin Stallings on the Commodores' performance in Puerto Rico:
Source: The City Paper
"As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure we played well down there. We played hard, though. I really respected our team's effort and our team's toughness and the effort they gave in those games. In terms of playing well, I can't say that we played well and maybe that is a good thing. Maybe to go down and have some success and not play your best is OK."
Baseball coach Tim Corbin on pitching coach Derek Johnson:
Source: Baseball America
"He's had as much impact on our program as anyone. I think what D.J. has done with these kids is far-reaching. He's kept them healthy, he's made each one of them better You look at the kids, the pitchers specifically, that have come out of our program, being able to pitch at the next level--it goes without saying . . . We would not have our success without having him on our staff."
RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY
Happy Turkey Day to all. Here's a scene from Dutch, one of my favorite Thanksgiving movies.
SONG OF THE DAY
More Stevie Wonder (Thanks Banks)
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