I've chronicled the Shrewdness of Robbie Caldwell on this site before, and it appears the new coach continues to impress the media and other SEC observers. An Associated Press story headline perhaps captures the sentiments best: "Caldwell's Humor Disguises Strong Coaching Skills." Ray Glier of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a slightly more pessimistic view, hypothesizing that the Robbie Caldwell story is "two weeks away from being slugging and cast aside as old news." Like most SEC sportswriters, Glier never misses an opportunity to take a shot at the Commodores, writing of Caldwell, "[h]e is, after all, Vanderbilt's football coach." Compared to other portraits of Commodore football generally, and CRC specifically, this is not the worst. But Glier is right about one thing, the pre-season and season are two entirely different things.
The Nashville City Paper writes how the Commodores find themselves in the now, predictable spot, of having to replace Austin Monahan, the Vanderbilt tight end, who has consistently battled injuries throughout his tenure. Mark Wheeler focuses his attention on freshman Fitz Lassing and redshirt-freshman Mason Johnston as the two players CRC's staff will need to step up after an ACL tear took Monahan out for the season. Also, be sure to check out the news and notes at the bottom of the Wheeler piece for more tidbits about the Commodores.
Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker sits atop the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC, the same city where Snedeker earned his one and only tour win. Keep it up, Brandt.
The VSL Brain Trust will be assembled this weekend...details to follow.