Quick Slant: Vanderbilt hosts Coaches vs. Cancer luncheon

Nov. 1, 2013

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

We attended the Coaches vs. Cancer luncheon earlier this week and really enjoyed it. Head men's basketball coaches from Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, MTSU, Belmont, Austin Peay, Tennessee and TSU were on a panel hosted by Willy Daunic and they discussed a wide range of topics for several hundred attendees. Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin was asked about his own cancer bout 15 years ago and told a moving story, appropriate at this event. For my money, Kevin Stallings comes across well at these types of events - he's witty, insightful and often blunt honest with opinions.

Is it me or has there been a lot more injuries across the country during this college football season? Just look at the list of wounded in the SEC alone! With the penalties for targeting, defenders might be aiming lower. I think a good orthopedic surgeon specializing in knees will have lots of business.

Interesting news came in this week about a couple of former Commodores. Runner's World is working on a feature story on former women's tennis star Meredith Chiles, who played No. 1 singles and doubles here in the mid-1990s. Meredith has caught the magazine's attention as an ultra-marathoner. In case anyone wants to jog along with her, the most common ultra-marathon distances are 50 kilometers (31.069 mi), 100 kilometers (62.137 mi), 50 miles (80.4672 km) and 100 miles (160.9344 km), although many races have other distances. The 100 kilometers is an official world record event.

Good news also arrived with word that Guy Spears, a compliance staffer in the mid-1980s, is being inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame December 9. After leaving our campus, Guy spent 25 years at Eaton Golf Pride as Aftermarket Sales Manager and Director of Special Programs/Collegiate Golf. Guy's family is originally from the Brentwood area and he has many friends in Middle Tennessee.



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