Jan. 17, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
As of this week, our women's golf and bowling teams are rated eighth nationally, baseball is a consensus Top 10 preseason pick, men's and women's tennis are both in the Top 20 as is men's golf and women's basketball checks in at 24th - and that was before topping Tennessee. Football and women's cross country also ended their seasons in the Top 25. That's over half of our programs.
Our Life Skills office coordinated a Career Fair earlier this week that attracted approximately 50 Commodore upperclassmen that showed up for the informative session in business attire. The student-athletes met with a long list of potential employers using a fun and fast-paced rotation system so everyone could get an overview of what skill sets each employer ideally seeks. As the evening went on, the pace slowed so the student-athletes could go back to specific employers for more information.
We've seemed to have too many of these death notices lately and here's another if you missed the news. Former football assistant coach Norm Parker died Sunday night after a long battle with diabetes and its side effects. For long-time fans remember the great defensive team of 1997 that led the SEC in total defense. The defensive coordinator was Norm. He looked like he came out of Central Casting and was a quiet, modest (sometimes rare in sports) soul who forgot more about defense than some experts will ever know. He's going to be missed but he's finally caught up to his beloved son Jeffrey, who passed away a few years ago after out-living his Down syndrome prognosis by several wonderful years. Norm Parker was 74.
Twitter can be wonderful by instantly spreading good and important news and opinion in a jiffy but Twitter also sends rumors and half-truths at the same lightning speed. How's anyone supposed to know the difference?