Oct. 3, 2008
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3- 11:57 PM
Following Friday afternoon's ESPN College GameDay taping at The Commons on campus, analyst Lee Corso wasted no time pointing out how great the turn out was by Commodore fans.
"I think at Georgia (last week) we may have had 15 or 20 people on Friday. I think it's the best Friday crowd we've ever had. It shows that the enthusiasm is here for football."
Count colleague Kirk Herbstreit as also being impressed.
"This was spectacular," remarked Herbstreit. "For them to turn out I think just shows the excitement they have for their team. This gives the Vanderbilt fans a chance to showcase their football program for the first time in a long time and let the nation know that Vanderbilt and Bobby Johnson are doing a great job."
The Commodore Nation took advantage of the opportunity by showing up in big numbers Friday to be a part of college football's most popular show.
After waiting over an hour for the crew to tape their first segment for SportsCenter, the students erupted when Corso hit the stage and proudly flashed the V-U hand signal from the Home Depot set. Herbstreit followed Corso a few minutes later to a chorus of jeers, due to the fact he left the No. 19 Commodores out of his AP Top 25 ballot earlier in the week.
The crowd did warm up to Kirk later when he joined Corso in the V-U chant. Chris Fowler also revved up the audience by thanking them for their support and asked everyone to keep the excitement going by returning to Saturday morning's show.
And if Friday's crowd was any indication about the excitement around the football program right now, then I'd expect a capacity crowd pumped with electricity for Saturday morning's show.
Being at the event Friday was definitely something I'll never forget and Saturday will be the same. So fans, do whatever you can to come out and show the world we are behind our University and our athletics teams. Gates will open at 7 a.m. CT with tapings starting at 8 a.m. The actual GameDay show will begin at 9 a.m. CT.
If you need directions on how to get to the show, click here.
Also, check out two photo galleries in case you were out of town and didn't get to join in on the hoopla:
1 - John Russell's Friday GameDay Photo Gallery
2 - Brandon Barca's Friday GameDay Photo Gallery
Finally, I grabbed some audio from Herbstreit's press conference including his take on the Commodores football team. Listen to Herbstreit Interview
See you on campus Saturday wearing black and gold!