March 22, 2013
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Approximately two years ago our men's tennis program made a splash when its signing class was named the best in the nation. Last week the Commodores opened SEC play on the road at No. 15 rated Mississippi State and No. 4 Ole Miss and won both matches, powering their national rank to No. 13. Does anyone think the two items are a coincidence? Friday at 2 o'clock these `Dores host No. 6 ranked Georgia at the tennis center; admission is free and you will be impressed by the quality of play. By the way, the doubles matches can take about one hour to play and singles play follows so a fan can arrive late and see lots of terrific play.
Speaking of our national rankings, in addition to our baseball team holding down the No. 2 ranking and the men's tennis team at 13, are you aware that our bowling team is rated fifth, our women's golfers are sixth and the women's tennis program is 16th?
Every day we watch progress being made on the Multipurpose project next to the Recreation Center. It dominates the nearby landscape. And construction on the golf facilities at the Vanderbilt Legends Club is on schedule despite rainy weather. The hitting bays are due to open in mid-April while the clubhouse is set for August. Photo Gallery
We've written this before but can't help repeating ourselves. For anyone naïve enough to believe that expanding the BCS football playoff field will eliminate or even reduce second-guessing about the fairness of the system need only to have watched the announcement of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament field. This committee of wise men and women chose 68 teams and it still produced griping about why this team was left out or how that team snuck in.