Dec. 9, 2011
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
It's been a whirlwind few days since getting the AutoZone Liberty Bowl invitation. Fantastic rally Sunday evening to accept the invitation, excellent fan response snapping up those tickets, delegations wearing out I-40 to Memphis for planning and promotional purposes. Coach Franklin has challenged Commodore Nation to be actively involved and midweek tweeted his goal of 20,000 Dore fans in Memphis. The man is everywhere, the Energizer Bunny. As Larry Smith told a Sports Illustrated writer this fall, with Franklin's people skills and infectious enthusiasm he "could sell water to fish."
If you are thinking about attending the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and haven't figured out how to get there, check out the bus trip packages offered on our Bowl Central page. We filled several buses within hours of posting the details.
Did you happen to notice the fascinating stat that Ryan Schulz of vucommodores.com dug up the other day? It bears repeating, especially as retort to that annoying guy at the water cooler (or talk radio show) that doesn't realize Vanderbilt Athletics has gradually become "The New Vanderbilt."
During this calendar year, Vanderbilt is one of only eight schools in the country that had its baseball team and men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament and its football team qualify for a bowl game. Our congratulations to the Georgia Bulldogs for being the only other SEC member to accomplish this feat. Below are the "elite eight."
UCLA (*football team got an exception to be bowl eligible with a 6-7 record)
This stat doesn't even take into account significant accomplishments by many of our Olympic sport teams.
We're glad to learn that May Wood Frederiksen came back to Vanderbilt and earned her degree in Art History. Wood was an SEC champion in 2004 before leaving school to pursue a professional golf career. She is now married, working as an assistant professional here in town and might have aspirations of getting her game back in top order.