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Vandy Will Be Breaking Out New Football Uniforms

Looks like you can add another school to the long, long list of folks getting outfitted with new football uniforms this fall.  Once there was a day when schools would stick with the same uniform and design for years.  Now, if you’re not tweaking or overhauling things every other year, you’re falling behind.

Well, James Franklin isn’t allowing Vanderbilt to fall behind.  In fact, the second-year Commodore coach is picking up right where he left off last year by building another solid recruiting class.  And how do schools lure in teenage superstars?  With the promise of slick new unis.

According to an email sent from the VU ticket office to several Commodore boosters, new unis are indeed on the way in Nashville:

 

“Mark your calendar for the Commodore Football fashion event of the summer.  On July 11, the 2012 Commodore Football uniforms will be unveiled at the Vanderbilt Barnes and Noble Bookstore from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Check out the new look as it comes down the moving runway within the “official Commodore Gear Outlet”  located in the 2525 Building on West End, right across from Centennial Park.  James Franklin in a fashion show…surely you don’t want to miss that.”

 

Here’s hoping Vandy’s uniforms feature a traditional look with… oh, who am I kidding?  When in doubte expect any school’s new duds to be gaudy, flashy and over the top.  Especially when that school’s got a deal with Nike (and VU does).

Gimme $5 on the color “anthracite” being mentioned.

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SEC Headlines – 2/9/12 Part Two

1.  Florida will try to bounce back from a clubbing at Kentucky when they host Tennessee this weekend.

2.  Georgia put a whoopin’ on Arkansas to climb out of the SEC cellar.

3.  This writer believes John Calipari has his best shot at a national title with this year’s Kentucky team.

4.  South Carolina has now lost 10 basketball games in a row to Tennessee.

5.  The Vol football team will be a lot more multiple on defense next season.

6.  Meanwhile, assistant coach Darin Hinshaw wants more production from his receiving corps.

7.  After a sluggish first half, Vanderbilt dropped 49 on LSU in final stanza to win 76-61.  (Up next: VU hosts top-ranked Kentucky and the Dores have toppled the last four #1 teams to visit the West End.)

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SEC Headlines – 11/11/11 Part Two

1.  Florida is looking for a hot start Saturday at South Carolina.

2.  Alshon Jeffery is a big concern for UF’s secondary.

3.  The focus will be on the guards when the Gators open the hoops season tonight.

4.  A lot of Georgia fans view Auburn with “pure hate” after some dirty hits and “thuggish” behavior in last year’s game.

5.  UGA pass rusher Abry Jones is a “joy to coach” and a load to block.

6.  The newbies on the Bulldog basketball team have plenty of confidence.

7.  Former starting quarterback Morgan Newton was away from the Kentucky football team yesterday as his family tries to get a second opinion regarding his injuries.

8.  The mood has improved in the Bluegrass State, but if UK wants to go bowling it will have to beat Vandy this weekend.

9.  Need 50 reasons to watch Wildcat basketball this winter?  Here goes.

10.  South Carolina’s recent passing woes can’t all be pinned on the offensive line.

11.  Strong safety DeVonte Holloman won’t play against Florida tomorrow.

12.  This Columbia-based writer predicts a narrow victory for the Cocks.

13.  Darrin Horn’s basketball team will face a tough schedule this season.

14.  Arkansas will be a tough test for Tennessee’s defense.

15.  Vol pass rushers want to add to the number of hits Hog quarterback Tyler Wilson has taken this year.

16.  The Cuonzo Martin Era officially begins in Knoxville tonight.

17.  Vanderbilt seniors are proud to be part of James Franklin’s foundation-laying in Nashville.

18.  Vandy-Kentucky is a bowl “elimination” game and this writer takes the Dores.

19.  With every starter back, Kevin Stallings’ team is looking to make history on the West End.

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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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