Feb. 2, 2013
Vanderbilt fans had one more opportunity to celebrate the Commodores' historic football season Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym.
The Music City Bowl champions attended the Vanderbilt-Alabama men's basketball game, signing autographs prior to tipoff before taking center stage at halftime.
As the team hit the floor, a standing ovation quickly followed. Head coach James Franklin grabbed the microphone and thanked fans for supporting the program. Franklin then rattled off a list of accomplishments by the 2012 squad and promised more to come. "They talk about the longest win streak in the SEC. Yes, that's Vanderbilt. ... This is just the beginning," Franklin declared.
Before the ceremony concluded, Franklin offered a final challenge to help the Commodores moving forward.
"We must sell out the spring game and every single game next year, especially the out-of-conference games. We've got to sell them all out and let the country know that Vanderbilt's here, and we're not going anywhere. Thanks so much."