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Quick Slant: Uncovering history

Aug 30, 2013

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

Charles Owens of Lynnville recently uncovered some old Nashville Banners and was kind enough to think of us. There was the Sunday, October 30, 1932 edition in which Freddie Russell gushed about the Commodores' big win over Georgia Tech before a record crowd of 24,000 on the 10th anniversary of Dudley Field.

But it was a note by Ralph McGill in the Nov. 17, 1927 Banner that caught our attention. In his column, 29-year old Ralph wrote that Vanderbilt's Wednesday workout (under Coach Dan McGugin) had to be moved to the livestock pavilion at the state fairgrounds due to a wet practice field. The pavilion was "large enough for any sort of practice with the exception of punting and long passes." The timing of discovering this artifact is interesting given our multipurpose facility is scheduled to open the end of October. McGill would become a syndicated columnist, win a Pulitzer Prize and be best known as the anti-segregationist editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution who was mentioned in Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Governor Haslam has officially proclaimed August 30 as College Colors Day in Tennessee. Make a note to wear your black and gold!

Speaking of colors, most of you likely saw the Green Dots at last night's football game. Green Dots is a program on campus that promotes safety and doing the right thing. While the Green Dots were noticed on our helmets, every team will wear Green Dots this year and all staff and student-athletes will take Green Dots training this school year. More information is found here.

There are a few seats left for sale for the Sept. 6 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. We've written before, this is always one of the best nights of the year to be a Commodore fan. Contact patricia.marett@vanderbilt.edu if you want to attend.

We were saddened to learn the passing of former football star Ted Kirkland, 83, of Boca Raton, Fla. earlier this month.

Still nobody stepping up to support our athletic scholarship program in New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Alaska and Idaho. Come on folks. First person from those great states to join the NCC gets their name in lights in Quick Slant. Can there be a greater incentive?



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