Quick Slant: College-Bound Athlete 101

Sept. 11, 2012

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

As a continuing effort to serve our community, our athletic compliance office will host a seminar “College-Bound Athlete 101” Saturday morning designed to provide valuable insight and information to high school guidance counselors and teachers, parents of college-bound athletes and coaches. The event is free of charge and will spotlight the topics of recruiting, academic eligibility, scholarships and financial aid and the differences between NCAA Divisions I, II and III. The seminar runs for two hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. Attendees will also receive a free ticket to the football game with Presbyterian that begins at 11:35. Registration is required by Thursday. For information or sign-up, contact Diane Scott at 615-343-1107 or email at diane.scott@vanderbilt.edu.

Athletic Development 2011-12 stats: 5,812 members from 49 states and four countries (a significant increase), one new endowed scholarship in 2011-12 pushes total of endowed scholarships to 66 (we have 300+ student-athletes on scholarship) and total athletic giving of $14.3 million.

About 1,000 Vanderbilt alumni, students, parents and friends attended the university's pregame tailgate party at Northwestern. The turnout created a road game atmosphere last felt at December's Liberty Bowl.

Spotted in the big crowd were former players Trow Gillespie and Jamal Carter, members of the Class of 1969 including Chuck Offenburger and Paul Kurtz, Athletic Hall of Fame swimmer Frank Lorge, Brad Rendell, father of varsity golfer Mills Rendell, Athlon Communication's Mitch Light and Athletic Director David Williams among many other notables.

Every year the senior managers in our department vote for the Coach of the Year. As with any vote, sometimes the results are surprising to the public that is transfixed on the revenue sports that dominate the daily news. This year’s co-winners were not surprising, they both delivered Southeastern Conference winner’s trophies; congratulations to cross country coach Steven Keith and basketball’s Kevin Stallings, who wins for the second time in his Vanderbilt tenure.



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