Oct. 14, 2010
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
- Former Sports Information Director Lew Harris retired at the end of September after 34 good years representing Vanderbilt University. Lew was the Commodores' chief publicist and media representative from 1975 until 1992, when he joined the university News Bureau. He moved to Alumni Publications in 2002. Lew has many hobbies and says he plans to travel with his wife Mary Ann and play with his grandkids. His hard work and loyalty will not be forgotten. We wish him the best. (Pictured above: Lew Harris with wife Mary Ann and daughters Marty and Kelly. Daughters Laurie and Holly were not able to attend the reception.)
- Twenty-seven members of the Vanderbilt Athletic staff volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission Thursday (Oct. 14). The breakfast shift began at 4:30 a.m. and 15 staffers were on hand.
- David Williams has begun a Leadership Forum to develop new, internal leaders. Fifteen talented young staffers were identified and Williams is developing a year-long class with a variety of interesting athletics experts. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive was a recent class guest and ESPN executive John Skipper is on the horizon.
- Baseball's annual Black and Gold Series is next week. There will be three games played on Thursday (Oct. 21), Friday and Sunday, sandwiched around Homecoming weekend. Look for details coming on vucommodores.com.
- Quick Chuckle: My five-year old granddaughter said "Grandpa, I can spell LSU." So we go with it. "How do you spell LSU?" Suddenly very intent, Rylie squints, her eyes glancing upward and she carefully begins "L.....(pauses to think)......S........U!" Who said granddaughters aren't brilliant?