Quick Slant: Tanzania video inspires

Nov. 21, 2013

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

If you can spare six minutes, the video on this website that highlights last July's service trip to Tanzania is inspiring and well worth your investment of time. If you have wondered why we have seemed to make the trip a big deal, we think it was and after viewing, you probably will agree.

Did you see the note earlier this week that in the last 17 football games, only Alabama with 16 wins and one loss and Texas A&M (14-3) have better records than Vanderbilt and South Carolina (13-4)?

Our bowl announcement celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Student Life Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the announcement around 7 o'clock upon the green light from the conference office. Our past announcements have drawn fun, enthusiastic crowds.

Good luck to our women's cross country team at the NCAA Championship Saturday. The race is at 1:00 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind.

The legendary announcer Larry Munson has nothing on Joe Fisher, judging from the chants aimed at our popular "voice" as he made his way through Vandyville last week to the press box.

Speaking of the Kentucky game, we always look forward to hooking up with three classy former Commodores, C.M. Newton, John Cropp and Tony Neely. C.M. is still involved as a basketball consultant with the SEC. Cropp was a mathematics major and played football here in the early 1960s and later was an associate director of athletics under Roy Kramer while Neely is also a Vandy alum and former sports information director here. Cropp recently retired from Kentucky's administrative staff; Neely is the football communications guru for the Cats.



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