Quick Slant: Gameday improvements announced

Aug. 22, 2014

The Vanderbilt Coach's Show is coming back to the television screen. Derek Mason will be joined by host Joe Fisher Sunday's at 10:30 p.m. locally on Fox 17 after every game. There will not be a show after bye weeks. In addition to game recaps and previews, the 30-minute program will include various student-athlete and staff profiles along with a preview of our next opponent. It will continue after football when men's basketball takes center stage. As of now, the SEC Network is not planning to run coaches' shows but should that change, our show will be in the mix.

Did you notice the article sent by the SEC regarding its extensive research on fan experience? That research indicates the areas of most concern to fans are the availability of concessions and satisfactory restroom conditions. We ran the SEC release on our web page and concluded with a long list of improvements we have made. Those include additional rest room attendants, access to restroom facilities in Memorial Gym, greatly enhanced video board capabilities, an expanded Vandyville tailgating environment and a make-over of our food concessions that include more menu items, relocation of some specialty carts to reduce congestion, doubling of staff hawking items in the stands and additional training of the concessions staff.

Derek Mason and the football captains will speak to Vanderbilt students Friday evening at an annual event conducted by the Dean of Students Office.

Long-time marching band director Dr. Dwayne Sagen recently announced his retirement, effective the end of the school year. It is not easy to field a band at a smaller, private and academic institution in which its members basically march for the sheer enjoyment of it. Yet Dwayne has always been upbeat and helpful as the Spirit of Gold has gradually grown in numbers. He is a constant presence with the pep band at basketball games, he spent summers recruiting band members, he taught student-athletes to sing the fight song - in short he has gone the extra mile. He will be greatly missed after he retires.



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