May 9, 2013
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
If you read nothing else this weekend, be inspired by Rick Reilly's powerful column about a high school baseball player in Illinois who will become one of our baseball team's managers next fall. We'd tell you why this is amazing but you wouldn't believe us.
We've always known that the 1964-65 basketball team is regarded by many as our best. It was our first Southeastern Conference champion and came within a controversial traveling call of beating Michigan in the Mideast Regional finals. What we might not have been clear on is its lofty national ranking; the Clyde Lee-led `Dores, captained by John Ed Miller, were rated second by United Press International - the highest ranking ever attained by a Commodore men's basketball team.
There were some pretty impressive grades earned by Commodore student-athletes this spring. There are many shining examples but, for instance, seven members of our NCAA runner-up bowling team made the Dean's List, five of the eight members of our Top 10 women's golf team made the Dean's List and the men's cross country team checked in with a team GPA of 3.635! Once again our composite grade point for 325 Commodores is well over 3.0 for the year.
Sports Illustrated's Mark Bechtel was here last week doing a piece on our tremendous pitching heritage and that story is out in this week's issue. And another Vandy alum, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, is back this week working on a story about Mike Yastrzemski and Tim Corbin's pipeline to top Northeastern talent.
It was a big night at the recent Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. Vanderbilt's back page congratulatory message (pictured above) sums up the big awards earned by the Commodore family.