Quick Slant: Supporting Sandy Hook

Feb. 1, 2013

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

Vanderbilt student-athletes have embarked on a letter writing drive to offer support to the families of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy in Newton, Conn. Student-athlete leaders have posted instructions in every varsity locker room with their goal being to have all 325 Commodores write at least one letter by March 1. The project was conceived and is being monitored by the Student Athlete Advisory Council, which is comprised of at least two members from each varsity sport program.

We thought Chris Low's article on ESPN.com earlier this week featured a statistic that was interesting enough to repeat. Vanderbilt’s football defense has now gone 455 plays outside the red zone without giving up a touchdown, the longest streak in the FBS.

A large majority of major collegiate sports programs – universities, conferences, bowl games and so forth – use the CBS College Network as their web portal. It is therefore interesting to us that in 2012’s last quarter, Vanderbilt ranked among the Top 50 in each of CBS’s statistical categories for the first time. That includes web page impressions, unique visitors, all-access revenue, auction revenue, mobile page impressions, unique mobile browsers and mobile app downloads. For one of the smaller schools in this mix, these rankings are a credit to the loyal fans along with some good content on our web page.

We could use some more nominations for our Athletic Hall of Fame. Check out our web page for the 40 Commodores already inducted and consider nominating someone deserving before mid-March.

Our athletic administration recently hosted Leadership Donelson/Hermitage, a group of 40 young community leaders. The group spent 90 minutes touring the new facilities and ended with a Question and Answer session with Director of Athletics David Williams. If this seems interesting to your large civic group, you can contact Rod Williamson or any member of Vanderbilt’s senior management team to see if a similar event can be worked out.



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