Vanderbilt grads should be among the sharpest folks in the SEC. So here’s hoping they’ll understand why Commodore basketball coach Kevin Stallings will be pulling for North Carolina should the Tar Heels and ‘Dores meet at the College World Series.
Jacob Stallings is a catcher for the Tar Heels and his father was in Chapel Hill Saturday as UNC clinched its CWS berth. Vanderbilt has also booked a trip to Omaha.
“There is no dilemma,” Kevin Stallings said of a possible UNC-Vandy matchup. “It’s a little awkward. But my two favorite baseball teams have made it to Omaha. It’s the best kind of dilemma… if you want to call it a dilemma. It’s a case of two things that I was really hoping would happen, happening.”
While the father danced around the “who would you pull for” question, his son did not. “I’m sure he’ll be rooting for the Heels in this one,” Jacob Stallings said. “It will be a fun week for him. I’m sure he’ll have some interviews, and I hope Vanderbilt fans understand why he’ll be cheering for Carolina.”
We hope so, too.
Last year, legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley turned off a few Georgia backers when he said he admitted that he would be staying home and pulling for Tennessee — and his son Derek — when the Vols battled Georgia in Athens. As if any man would pull against his own son.