Forget to check VUCommodores one day this past week? If so, we've got you covered. Check out the top news stories and videos produced by Vanderbilt's athletic communications staff from Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2011.
Franklin Gets New Deal Dec. 2
If you were sitting in your office watching the clock on Friday, we hope you also had a chance to watch Friday's press conference with Vice Chancellor David Williams and Head Coach James Franklin. If you didn't, you should carve out a few minutes to watch it now.
Williams announced Franklin has received a new contract, and that the university will make a number of facility improvements in the coming years that will benefit not only the football program, but the university as a whole. Per Vanderbilt's policy, details of the contract as well as the cost for the facility enhancements were not disclosed.
"First and foremost, we have torn up the contract for James Franklin, and rewarded him and his family with a new contract with extended years and a substantial increase in compensation," Williams said.
The largest facility project of all will be the construction of a new indoor facility that will include a 120-yard football field with a track around it. The facility will be used by many of Vanderbilt's sports. For a list of all of the enhancements, click here.
By now you've heard (at least we hope so) that the Commodores are heading to a bowl game. To find all the information you will need about Vanderbilt's bowl trip, be sure to visit Bowl Central.
Vanderbilt will learn its bowl destination on Sunday, and we want you to be a part of the celebration. The excitement begins Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Student Life Center, located across 25th Avenue South from Memorial Gym. Admission is free. Fans will also have the capability to order tickets to the bowl game on site. Read More
VUCommodores also released a bowl announcement timeline to detail the information fans need to know regarding purchasing tickets and registering for bowl events. As detailed in the timeline, the ticket office will be open extended hours this week to accommodate fans wanting to purchase bowl ticket. The office will be open from 6-8 p.m. Sunday and then 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. next Monday through Friday. Bowl Central
Vanderbilt Gains Bowl Eligibility by Crushing Wake Forest Nov. 26
The Commodores earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday with a 41-7 win at Wake Forest. Vanderbilt will be bowling for the fifth time in school history. During the game, Commodore back Zac Stacy set the school record for most yards in a single season. Read Recap
In addition to a W, a lot of must-see content came from the game.
When the team arrived back to campus, they were greeted by hundreds of fans. Check out the terrific video produced by Emily Pearce and Pat Slattery from the team's return to campus.
Franklin has been changing the football program for the better in his short tenure here, and has crafted a 'Brand New Vanderbilt.' Brandon Barca wrote about the process Franklin has gone through to transform a two-win team into a bowl team ... six seconds at a time. Read More
Six Plays from Win No. 6 By Brandon Barca | Dec. 1
Brandon Barca collected the top six plays from win No. 6 and provided audio and video to go along with a write-up on each one. Which was your favorite play? Was it the Barden leap, Stacy's record-breaking run, Larry Smith's TD pass, May's sack, Stacy's TD run before the half or Fugger's forced fumble? So many to choose from, and you can't really go wrong. Watch the videos and read about the plays.
Jacked Up: The Wake Forest Game By Ryan Schulz | Nov. 30
Be sure to check out the best hits from the Wake Forest game. Not all of the top hits came on the defensive end this week. Running back Zac Stacy delivered two punishing blows to defenders that were captured in the video. Watch Video
Gregory Earns National Award By Chris Weinman | Dec. 1
Freshman walk-on football player Josh Gregory is heading to the Big Apple to accept an award as one of five student-athletes who will be honored as a 2011 National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete on Dec. 6. Gregory completed an impressive career at Davidson Academy last spring. On the football field, he was a First Team All-Division II-A selection as a defensive back for the Bears. In the classroom, Gregory graduated summa cum laude with a 4.36 grade point average. While his football resume is impressive, Gregory's accomplishments off the field are even more outstanding. President of his senior class, Gregory won the Admiral Lawrence Award as the top football scholar-athlete in Middle Tennessee. He also participated in numerous community service projects including aiding with Nashville flood relief in 2010 and taking multiple mission trips to Matamoros, Mexico. Read more
Omaha Challenge Week By Kyle Parkinson | Nov. 30-Dec. 2
The Vanderbilt Baseball Omaha Challenge is a rite of fall for the Commodores. The team divides into four teams (listed below) and competes in various events over a four-day period with team awards and personal awards for the top performing player and pitcher overall.
Parkinson also talked with pitching coach Derek Johnson who spent some time talking at the European Baseball Coaches Association in the Czech Republic. "There weren't translators, so it took them a while to process the information so I thought that was unique," Johnson said. (European baseball) is progressing. I think Italy is doing a nice job with their baseball, Germany is on the rise and of course the Netherlands won the World Cup so there are some pockets over there that are starting to understand it. Then there are others that kind of lag behind a little bit and are still kind of their infancy in terms of what they know, how they coach and their players too. If you could compare it, it would probably be like talking to some little league coaches, some high school coaches and some college coaches (in America)." Read More
Get to know... Chris Harvey By Kyle Parkinson | Dec. 1
In continuing the series of introducing Vanderbilt's freshmen class, VUCommodores introduces catcher Chris Harvey. Harvey graduated early from high school to join the Commodores this season. Harvey joked that the only reason he graduated early from high school is because he couldn't find a prom date. Watch Video
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VU How-To Perfect Your Swing By Michael Scholl | Dec. 1
In the latest VU How-To, Head Men's Golf Coach Tom Shaw teaches you how to perfect your swing. Shaw explains what you can do to eliminate that pesky slice and a few digits from your handicap. Watch Video
Women's Hoops is Off to Great Start
The Commodores are undefeated at 8-0 after a 77-56 win over Denver on Friday. The team earned its most impressive win last Sunday when it topped No. 13 Oklahoma to move to 26-0 all-time in the annual Thanksgiving Tournament. Oklahoma Recap
Following her play last week, sophomore guard Jasmine Lister was named SEC Player of the Week. Read More
"Jasmine has done a tremendous job distributing the ball at the point and scoring in our offense at the wing," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb. "Her versatility and leadership have had a huge impact on the early success we have had this season."
Recapping Vanderbilt's most successful cross country season By Ashley Crosby | Nov. 28
Take a tour back through the program's most successful season. The team won the SEC Championship and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Recapping The Season
Introducing Vanderbilt's Lacrosse Signees By Chris Weinman | Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Learn more about Vanderbilt's newest members of the lacrosse team.