Quick Slant: SEC Network is a game changer

March 7, 2014

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

The news earlier this week that DISH Network will carry the SEC Network is significant for the conference and for everyone wishing to enjoy Southeastern Conference games on the tube. That said, if Comcast or DirectTV is your cable provider, neither has signed up at this point. The SEC has asked all its fans to go to GetSECNetwork.com and let them know you want to watch the SEC Network. You are not ordering anything, this isn't pay-per view! You are simply showing the cable company there is a lot of demand for them to add it to their regular menu.

We traveled to Kansas City last week with the bowling team, in part to proctor four exams that had to be taken on the same day as the rest of the class back on campus. Our hunch is that there was no other team taking tough chemistry exams during this tournament, but that is standard operating procedure at Vanderbilt. It can come off as an excuse for inconsistent athletic performance, but Vanderbilt tests often weigh heavily on those preparing to take them (and if you saw the questions, you would understand why!) despite equally tough athletic competition just around the corner. Vanderbilt does not let its coaches oversee the test taking of its student-athletes by the way.

Speaking of the bowlers, next Tuesday (March 11) the team will help support a fundraiser that supports people with disabilities who are transitioning into the hospitality workforce, a cause the team has supported for several years. The Greater Nashville Hospitality Association partners with the Arc of Davidson County; participants purchase a lane for $200 and for $50 extra can "buy" a Vanderbilt bowler to play on their team. The event runs from 3:30-5:30 at the Hillwood Strike and Spare. For information, contact Meredith Schakel at meredith.schakel@ihg.com.

Spring football begins Tuesday and the Black and Gold Game is April 12. Interest is very high.

It was nice to see our lacrosse team knock off 13th-ranked Stanford on the road. Combined with baseball's sweep of the Cardinal about the same time span, it was Good to be Gold.



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