July 11, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
David Williams appeared on a panel Thursday to discuss "The Future of College Athletics" at the Alabama State Bar meeting. The bar president is former Commodore football student-athlete Anthony Joseph. Others who participated were the SEC's Chief Operations Officer Greg Sankey along with Auburn's offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and former Alabama football player and businessman Will Lowery.
There is no telling how many emails and other congratulatory messages Tim Corbin has received in the past two weeks but the total is well into four figures. Looking for time to reply during early morning and late evening hours sandwiched between hosting a huge summer camp, recruiting and some public appearances, the national coach of the year at one point admitted he still had something like 450 unread messages and that was after he had already responded to many more than that.
The corridor connecting the football locker room, training room and conditioning center has been upgraded with some spiffy new graphic displays that include sections highlighting former Commodores in the NFL, SEC Academic Honor Roll members, All-SEC performers and even an area that salutes our tradition of outstanding head and assistant coaches. Some of those highlighted include Bobby Johnson and long-ago assistants Bear Bryant and Bill Parcells.
With much of the athletic staff involved in the College World Series in one way or another and football season, that seems to begin July 14 when Derek Mason attends SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., there are virtually only a few days of so-called "off-season" in our department. Slant's first boss used to talk about how they putted for pennies during the long summers of yesteryear when there was "nothing to do!"