Nov. 9, 2012
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Ten of our varsity teams (or 75% of our programs) recently were named recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award. This honor is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Typically our total equates to about one half of the Southeastern Conference's total list of honorees. Our winners are: baseball, bowling, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, soccer and football.
For several years, Vanderbilt University has partnered with Replay Photos to offer some of the school's best images to alumni and friends. Replay Photos is an excellent partner, offering high quality and good service. As the holiday season nears and you are thinking about a gift for that Vanderbilt fan on your list, consider a quality framed photograph. Many of these photos are found on the photo galleries in our postgame coverage.
Traffic on our website continues to grow. Vanderbilt ranks 40th in recent quarterly rankings issued by CBS (which hosts many of the nation's biggest collegiate athletic sites) and we ranked even higher in some other categories. We think this is significant, given our smaller alumni base than many of our counterparts. The growth is spurred by such things as those wildly popular preseason football videos and the consistently good performance by our communications unit, helping make VUcommodores.com a must stop to find out what's happening in Commodore athletics.
We are all hurting for our talented basketball center, Stephanie Holzer, whose promising season ended almost before it began last weekend. Holzer sustained a dislocated knee during the team's first exhibition game, a tough blow to a talented player who earned all-SEC honors a year ago and was in the best shape of her life coming into the year.