March 4, 2011
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
- Be sure to read the terrific feature story on Festus Ezeli in this week’s Sports Illustrated. He is referred to as the nation’s most improved player.
- Last weekend’s baseball series with Stanford was Omaha-quality play and our fans knew it. After the great game on Friday night – a 2-1 Dore win – Saturday’s game under warm and sunny skies drew a capacity crowd to see another fantastic finish. Vanderbilt and Stanford playing baseball makes a lot of sense.
- Candice Storey Lee will be saluted at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament as part of the league’s “SEC Great” program. While most schools spotlight an ex-super star player, as we have in the past, this year we wanted to honor Candice, who was a former student-athlete here, is nearing completion of her doctorate and has quickly risen to become our Senior Woman’s Administrator. Candice is indeed “great” and we are mighty glad she is a Commodore.
- How’s this for power? Defending NCAA champion South Carolina is rated No. 4 in this week’s baseball poll and it is THIRD in the SEC East behind Florida (1) and Vanderbilt (2).
- The Sports Council’s annual Celebration of Champions is March 9. We are represented by David Price, up for Sports Person of the Year; Sonny Gray and Jermaine Beal are finalists for the Ed Temple Male Amateur Athlete and golf’s SEC champion Marina Alex might become the Female Amateur Athlete of the Year.