Quick Slant: Excelling under pressure

Sept. 22, 2010

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

  • Baseball Coach Tim Corbin and Tampa Bay pitching star David Price are prominently mentioned in a new book, Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t by Paul Sullivan. Corbin and Price are used as positive examples of coming through under pressure with Price recounting his mindset entering the 2008 American League Play-Offs from the bullpen and crediting lessons learned at Vanderbilt for much of his success. Sullivan is a staff writer for The New York Times.
  • David Williams met with seven recruits before the LSU football game. Our coaches say Williams is tremendously effective in pinpointing the many values of the Vanderbilt experience to recruits and often times, their parents.
  • Did you notice The Wall Street Journal’s recent study on the majors of 1,104 college football players? Quoting the WSJ: “Extra credit goes to Vanderbilt's Chris Marve, the only player in this analysis who's listed as a triple major, studying human and organizational development, sociology and special education. "I wouldn't call it torture," Marve says. "But it is tough.”
  • Ole Miss is involved in a lengthy process to find a mascot replacement for Colonel Reb and it will be interesting to see how that controversy is resolved. My hunch is it will remain a touchy topic based on many years of observing how sports fans covet tradition and resist change. Colonel Reb hasn’t been the school’s official mascot since 2003 but that doesn’t seem to matter to some Ole Miss faithful.




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