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Sept. 29, 2008

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In case you haven't heard...
ESPN's College GameDay show is coming to town.

With eight ESPN television trucks scheduled to roll into town Thursday and the national spotlight glaring down on West End, it would be easy to get caught up in all the excitement around Saturday's game against No. 13 Auburn.

Even some of the players admitted at Monday's press conference to watching college football's most popular program, ESPN GameDay, on occasion.

"It's what you do on Saturday morning," senior placekicker Bryant Hahnfeldt said, "so for it to be here and be about our game, it means a lot to us."

Yes, the GameDay crew -- Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard -- will be on hand for the 19th-ranked Commodores' biggest game in a long, long time. In fact, you have to go back to World War II to find the last time Vanderbilt started a season 5-0.

But with all the attention and hype surrounding the event, the team only wants to talk about the importance of concentrating on the actual game and not the bells and whistles around it.

"I think it's great that we're getting this opportunity for them to come here," said senior safety Reshard Langford. "It's great for our fans and our students, but in the end it's about us playing football against Auburn and that's what it's going to be about."

Senior quarterback Chris Nickson agreed.

"The hype that's there, we enjoy it and appreciate it because it shows that our hard work hasn't gone unnoticed," added Nickson. "But in terms of gameday, we just want to perform well. That's the biggest thing about it."


Well, you can feel the excitement around campus... even Vanderbilt University mascots got in on the act and paraded through the Commons Dining Hall Sunday promoting the Commodores' upcoming game and appearance on College GameDay. Thanks to Jason for sending this in.

Finally, I couldn't end today's post without a video of the day.

I thought I'd show a clip from two weeks ago when the GameDay crew was at Auburn.

The question will be if Corso puts on Mr. Commodores' head in the final segment Saturday. Either way, it's always entertaining to see what he will do and I'm glad ESPN picked Nashville to host their show.



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