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Vandy Hoops Aide Muller Hired By Illinois State

Dan Muller is leaving Kevin Stallings’ staff at Vanderbilt to become the new head coach at Illinois State, his alma mater.  The 36-year-old was mentioned briefly in connection with the Mississippi State vacancy before Rick Ray was hired.

Muller played for Stallings at Illinois State from 1995 through 1998 when the Redbirds won two MVC titles and reached back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in ’97 and ’98.  Stallings coached one more year in Normal, Illinois before taking the Vandy gig.  Muller joined him in Nashville and his been on Stallings’ bench for 12 seasons since.

ISU hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since Muller was playing and Stallings was coaching.  The young coach will have his work cut out for him.  So will Stallings.

Vanderbilt will need to replace Muller — a strong recruiter — as well as key players John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, Festus Ezeli, Lance Goulbourne, Steve Tchiengang, and Brad Tinsley next season.  At this point, 2012-13 figures to be a total rebuild for the Commodores.

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Vanderbilt-Belmont postgame notes

Starting Lineup• Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli started at center while freshman Rod Odom started at forward…this is the first time Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup.• Rod Odom is making his first-career start and his eighth appearance.• Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 72 career starts…Brad Tinsley made his 63rd career start…Festus Ezeli appeared in his 69th game; including his 19th start…John Jenkins has made 15 starts and played in 39 games.
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Vanderbilt-App. State notes

Starting Lineup• Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the fifth time this season and sixth time total that Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup.• Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 70 career starts…Brad Tinsley is making his 61st career start while Andre Walker is starting for the 38th time…Festus Ezeli is appearing in his 67th game, including his 17th start…John Jenkins has made 13 starts and played in 37 games.
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VU-Grambling State postgame notes

Starting Lineup• Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the fifth time this season and sixth time total that Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup.• Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 69 career starts…Brad Tinsley is making his 60th career start while Andre Walker is starting for the 37th time…Festus Ezeli is appearing in his 66th game, including his 16th start…John Jenkins has made 12 starts and played in 36 games.
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Vanderbilt-West Virginia Gamenotes

Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the fourth time Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup and the third time this season.
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Vanderbilt-Nebraska postgame notes

Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the third time Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup and the second time this season.
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Vanderbilt-Nebraska notes

Vanderbilt started sophomore John Jenkins, as well as juniors Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley at guard…red-shirt juniors Festus Ezeli and Andre Walker started at center and guard, respectively…this is the third time Vanderbilt has used this starting lineup and the second time this season.
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Brad Tinsley named SEC POTW

Vanderbilt junior guard Brad Tinsley was named the SEC Player of the Week after registering the school’s first triple-double last Friday against Presbyterian with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. It is Tinsley’s first career Player of the Week award from the SEC.
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Video: Post-Presbyterian press conf.

Men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings, guard Brad Tinsley, forward Jeffery Taylor and center Festus Ezeli answer questions from the media following the Commodores’ 88-47 win over Presbyterian.
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Vanderbilt-Presbyterian postgame quotes

“We had a great start in the first five minutes shooting the ball… Jeff [Taylor] shot the ball with a lot of confidence and attacked the rim. Brad [Tinsley's] performance was maybe as good as we’ve ever had here. I gave him a game ball and that was the first time in 18 years I’ve given someone a game ball.”
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