Quick Slant: Seven ranked teams

March 18, 2011

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

  • You might not realize that we have seven teams ranked in the top 25. Men's tennis is 25th, men's basketball 24th, lacrosse 15th, women's tennis 14th, women's golf 11th, bowling No. 4 and baseball is either No. 1 or No. 2 depending upon which of four major polls you want to believe. Additionally - and what no other SEC member institution can claim - Vanderbilt University is ranked 51st in the world and 17th in the nation.
  • Speaking of baseball, there is great weather in this weekend's forecast and the Diamond `Dores are hosting Mississippi State in the SEC opening series. Why not slip away from the basketball on the tube or those lawn chores and take in some hardball? Sonny pitches Friday night (6 p.m.), Saturday's game is at 2 p.m. and Sunday's finale starts at 1 p.m.
  • Roy and Sara Jo Kramer were at their seats on press row at the Georgia Dome for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. The former Vanderbilt Athletic Director and Commodore First Lady were looking great as they greeted a constant flow of friends and former colleagues.
  • Last week's Atlanta Alumni Club's reception for James Franklin was a big success. Our new football coach spoke to approximately 150 energized fans that included at least four former Commodore gridders: Brett Upson, an administrator with Canongate Golf Clubs; Kirk Williams, Associate Director of Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate company and Kenny Simon and Ainsley Battles, both teaching in the Atlanta area.
  • Opinion Corner: Would anyone (aside from coaches) object if we eliminated a few of the seemingly endless basketball time outs? The game would be a better one if it wasn't interrupted so often, especially when some stoppages come just seconds apart.
  • And if anyone thinks a football play-off system would eliminate controversy, I offer (again) as Exhibit A, the latest pundit whines about which men's basketball teams were left out of the Big Dance. We now have 68 teams involved and we are still complaining about who didn't make the field? Somehow I don't think a four, eight or even 16 team football playoff would be an iota different.



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