Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vanderbilt Hotline: Did You Miss Me While I was Gone, Edition

Hotline readers, sorry I've been incommunicado for the past few days, I was hanging out with the boys on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, and it's not exactly a "hot zone." Regardless, I am back from spreading the gospel to impressionable boys about the future successes that Commodore Nation will enjoy this season.

As luck would have it, while I was reliving my glory days at camp, Vanderbilt sports news blew up. So let's get into it.

Based on the articles I've found, there was a buzz at last week's SEC Media Days about Vanderbilt and the confidence this team has going into this season. Did you ever think you'd hear of a Vanderbilt football team chanting "B-C-S" at the end of their practices? Well, that's the case according to Mo Patton in last Friday's Tennessean. Travis Haney writes in the Charleston Post that Vanderbilt has it's sites set on a BCS Bowl; Tommy Hicks has a similar story in the Post-Register. If, as Zack Naccardi writes in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, that the SEC Championship is "up for grabs," Chris Williams' comments from a few weeks back don't look that far off. With all this talk, Scott Caccaiola's story in Friday's Memphis Commercial-Appeal about the Commies hoping to remain "The Best Kept Secert" in the SEC.

Jim Klleinpeter wrote in the New Orleans Times-Picayue that CBJ appeared confident when addressing the media in Hoover.

The AJC's Mr. College Football had few nuggets in his blog, but #4 was particularly telling about Vanderbilt and their potential to play the role of spoiler in the SEC East. Mr. College Football also has Jonathan Goff as an "Honorable Mention" as one of the best defensive players in the SEC. Going for the Commie trifecta, Mr. College Football says "His Name is" is one of the 5 stars he wants to see play in the SEC. That's not surprising, as Brett Hait points out in the Nashville City Paper, "Now Everyone Knows Vanderbilt's Bennett in the SEC."

Building for the future, CBJ signed Clemson transfer Andrew Diomande to a scholarship according to Mo Patton in Friday's Tennessean. Diomande will sit out this year.

Staying with recruiting news, CKS signed Charles Hinkle, making him the 5th member of Vanderbilt's 2007 recruiting class. Mo Patton had the report in Saturday's Tennessean. Here's the ESPN RecruitTracker on Hinkle. CTC added a stud of his own according to Steve Rogers.

Sunday's Tennessean has a column by Dwight Lewis talking about who Vanderbilt's next Chancellor should be: former Commodore basketball standout Perry Wallace. This is a very compelling article.

Go for a swim in the Shallow End.

I will be traveling to the home-office on Thursday and am trying to line-up a few interviews while I'm there to make sure VSL continues to give you the best Vanderbilt sports coverage out there (when we actually write something). More on that tomorrow.

Bobby is back and now...Bobby is OUT.

1 comment:

Douglas James said...

For those of you who know him, Michael Norton is featured prominently on the front page of the Nashville City Paper's website. There is an article but no quotes from the fellow Hobbit.