Vanderbilt will take over the SEC Network on July 18th with a 24 hour block of the university's greatest triumphs. Fittingly, only two football games made the cut.
|Midnight||Baseball||Florida vs. Vanderbilt (May 7, 2015)|
|2 a.m.||Women's Basketball||SEC Tournament Championship: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia (March 7, 2004)|
|3:30 a.m.||Men's Basketball||Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky (Feb. 12, 2011)|
|5 a.m.||Women's Soccer||Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 2, 2015)|
|7 a.m.||Baseball||Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt (May 25, 2013)|
|9 a.m.||Catching Up With The Commodores|
|9:30 a.m.||Football||Music City Bowl: Boston College vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 31, 2008)|
|11:30 a.m.||Women's Basketball||SEC Tournament Championship: LSU vs. Vanderbilt (March 3, 2002)|
|1 p.m.||Baseball||Missouri vs. Vanderbilt (May 20, 2015)|
|3 p.m.||Men's Basketball||Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 11, 1990)|
|4:30 p.m.||Football||Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss (Nov. 10, 2012)|
|6:30 p.m.||Baseball||2014 College World Series: Vanderbilt vs. Virginia (June 25, 2014)|
|9:30 p.m.||Catching Up With The Commodores|
|10 p.m.||Men's Basketball||2007 NCAA Tournament: Vanderbilt vs. Washington State (March 17, 2007)|
Next Monday, Commodore fans will be able to relive a baseball national championship, a Music City Bowl title, and some other weird odds and ends that fail to capture the school's greatest athletic triumphs. Last year's rally to a women's tennis title is no where to be found. Neither is 2007's women's bowling championship which, as overlooked as it may be, could easily be distilled down to 30 minutes and take the place of a "Catching Up With the Commodores" repeat.
A bowl win so bad a punter was named MVP gets a morning time slot, but postseason victories against NC State and Houston are nowhere to be found. Nor are any rivalry-affirming victories over Tennessee.
That last sentence applies to the entire day of programming. Not one Commodore beatdown of that team down I-40 made the cut. That means no Cutler-to-Bennett, no Patton Robinette jump-fakes, no Derrick Byars tip-ins, and no toppling the then-No.1 Volunteers at Memorial Gym back in 2008.
Some of the other games selected by the network are head-scratchers as well. A 16-8 win over Mississippi State in the 2013 SEC Tournament gets the call, but the 2007 team that actually won the title in Hoover is nowhere to be found. Vandy's extra-innings win over Mizzou in 2015 will be broadcast at 1pm (and to the Network's credit, it's a great game), but a much more meaningful come-from behind victory over Cal State Fullerton at the College World Series later that season got ignored.
And that's just scraping the surface. Another unforgivable omission? Kevin Stallings' greatest moment in black and gold, a 2013 SEC Tournament title game victory over Kentucky, isn't on the list.
Broadcast rights could be the motivating factor behind some of these decisions, but it's tough to figure how a network could get its hands on Vandy-Washington State at the 2007 NCAA Tournament and not Vandy-NC State in 2004 or Barry Goheen's legend-making performance in 1988. This schedule is like publishing a greatest hits album and then stuffing every open space between the two or three McCartney/Lennon songs with Ringo's All-Starr Band.
SEC Network's Vanderbilt takeover could be a proud day to fill your DVR as a Commodore fan. Instead, it's just another example of how little ESPN and its affiliates care about the university.