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Vanderbilt 22 – Kentucky 6 (Video)

Video highlights of the Vanderbilt 22-6 win over Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt Stadium

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Vandy Unveils New Unis At Barnes & Noble

Vanderbilt’s new 2012 football uniforms have been unveiled and three things stand out:

 

1.  Vandy’s has incorporated a big black stripe on the shoulders of their gold jerseys, not unlike the jersey design of the crosstown Tennessee Titans.

2.  The Commodores will now have a white helmet (to go with their gold and black helmets).

3.  VU held their fashion store at a Barnes & Noble.  Not sure why I find that amusing, but it beats a chemistry lab.

 

More details on the new unis can be found right here.  (Did ya know that “Anchor Down” is stitched into the interior of each jersey neckline!?)

Video of the fashion show can be found here.

James Franklin says his players are happy with the new uniforms.  “Our players will tell you the gold jersey went from being the worst to being the best.”  Quarterback Jordan Rodgers said simply, “Look good, play good,” after descending down an escalator in VU’s new all-white uniform complete with the white helmet that was “hush-hush.”  At the unveiling, only the seniors knew about the white helmets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We wanted to save one more as a surprise for (the players),” Franklin said.  “We wanted our family, fans, the media, alumni and team to see them at the same time.”  While Franklin said Vandy will wear its traditional gold helmet on most occasions, his players seem to have a different new favorite look.

“My favorite is the white-black-white,” Rodgers said of the white helmet, black jersey, white pants combo.  “It’s awesome.”  Linebacker Tristan Strong agreed.  “Definitely the white-black-white.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin also used the opportunity to share his tough talk message with Commodore fans:

 

“You guys saw last year, we’re not gonna take a backseat to anybody.  You come into Vanderbilt Stadium you better be ready for a fight…  Change is happening.  The culture has been changed.”

 

In the end, Vanderbilt becomes the latest school to feature umpteen mix-and-match uniform combinations.  While this writer isn’t big on gold jerseys for any school unless they’re extremely shiny — hey, my story, my opinion — there’s certainly nothing too off the wall with the new design.  They’re less a break from tradition than what we’ve already seen at Missouri and Arkansas this offseason.

Texas A&M will break out their new uniforms this afternoon.  Here’s hoping they’ll go the VU route and tweak… rather than overhaul.

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Vandy Plans New Hillside “Berm” Seating For Football

The forward momentum at Vanderbilt keeps on keeping on.

Thanks to new life breathed into the program by second-year coach James Franklin, the school has announced plans to build a hill or “berm” at the open end of Vanderbilt Stadium for fans attending Dores’ games this fall.  The project will begin after Vandy’s spring scrimmage next week.

New SEC member Missouri has berm seating at one end of Faurot Field.  Groves Stadium at Wake Forest — where Vandy played last season with a number of its administrators on hand — also features a berm area.  Ditto Clemson’s and Virginia’s stadiums.

“I wouldn’t call it a hill,” VU de facto AD David Williams said at the announcement.  “But it certainly won’t look like it’s looking now.  Ours is on the line of, but not to the same effect as Wake’s.  Wake’s is a natural hill.  Ours is something we’re creating.  With Wake’s, I think you enter at the top.  Ours won’t be like that.  I don’t think there’s any place that has it like this because ours is not going to be that huge.”

Hillside tickets are already available and Vanderbilt is targeting families for the area.  According to Steve Walsh, the school’s director of sales and marketing:


“We want to appeal to fans with young kids… where their kids can run around and they can still watch the game and keep an eye on the kids.  We want to make it more of a ‘blanket in the park’ thing.”


The Dores’ coach would like bigger and better things added to the stadium eventually, but Franklin says this is a start.  “There have been discussions of building a football complex there.  There have been discussions of closing the stadium in (with permanent seating).  But until we prove we have a demand for those things, it’s hard to justify.”

He added: “This is a way to do something inexpensive, relatively speaking, that isn’t permanent.  It can be bulldozed if we decide (to do something different in the future).”

Vanderbilt fans proved last bowl season that they would travel by gobbling up their allotment of tickets for the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.  Now they’re being given another chance to step up and support what Franklin, Williams and Vanderbilt are attempting to build.

And that’s an honest to God SEC football program in Nashville.

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Vandy Ticket Sales Down Despite Franklin’s Sales Job

James Franklin has done just about everything Vanderbilt’s administration could have hoped for when it hired him.

He’s recruited well.  He’s talked to every civic group and booster club that would have him.  He’s gained national attention for Commodore football.  And he’s brought passion to the VU program.

Unfortunately, none of that is translating into ticket sales.

As The Tennessean reports today, season ticket sales are actually down in Nashville this year.  VU has sold about 11,000 season tickets.  Last year at this time, Commodore fans had bought about 12,500 such tickets.

As Jeff Lockridge points out, the school is trying to find ways to improve the gameday experience around Vanderbilt Stadium.  No question, that’s a necessity.

But it’s downright disappointing that Vandy fans aren’t showing more support for a coach who has gotten off to such a smashing start on the West End.  If ‘Dore fans ever really want to see their program move forward, they’ll need to step up right along with their coaches and players.

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FINAL: Wake Forest 34, Vanderbilt 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt was unable to send Robbie Caldwell out with a win in his final game as head coach as the Commodores were defeated by Wake Forest, 34-13, on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
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Video: senior day ceremony

The seniors on the Vanderbilt football team were honored on Saturday night prior to the game against Wake Forest, their final home game at Vanderbilt Stadium.
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Parking info for MBB game Saturday

Vanderbilt will host Appalachian State in men’s basketball action at Memorial Gym at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 27. The Commodore-Mountaineer hoops contest precedes the football game later that day at Vanderbilt Stadium with Vanderbilt and Wake Forest kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
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Appalachian State game time announced

Vanderbilt will host Appalachian State in men’s basketball action at Memorial Gym at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 27. The Commodore-Mountaineer hoops contest precedes the football game later that day at Vanderbilt Stadium with Vanderbilt and Wake Forest kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
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Florida Downs Vanderbilt, 55-14

The University of Florida football team scored 41 points in the first half and never looked back, defeating Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foe Vanderbilt, 55-14, Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt Stadium. With their 20th consecutive victory over the Commodores (2-7, 1-5 SEC), the Gators improved to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in league play. Florida’s 41 first-half points were the most in a half against a SEC team since scoring 49 in the first half at Kentucky on Sept. 24, 2005. The 55 total points were the most by UF on the road in a SEC game since a 55-28 win at Kentucky on Sept. 27, 1997.
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Final: Florida 55, Vanderbilt 14

Florida scored 42 first-half points in route to a 55-14 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt Stadium.
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