Good morning. Vanderbilt University is honoring Perry Wallace today with a public event at Benton Chapel on campus. Wallace, the first African-American to compete in varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference, would have been 70 today.
The men’s golf team handed Florida its second L to Vanderbilt this weekend, winning the SunTrust Gator Invitational by a margin of nine strokes over the second-place Gators. Sophomore John Augenstein shot a 64 in the final round.
Sadly, the women’s basketball team couldn’t complete the sweep of Florida, losing 88-71. Rachel Bell had 22 points for the Commodores, who are now 6-22 in Stephanie White’s second season.
The women’s bowling team finished fifth place in the Stompin’ Ladyjack Classic in Houston over the weekend.
And finally, the baseball team beat Duke 9-1 on Sunday, winning the rubber match of a three-game series and improving to 2-1 on the young season.
The only Commodore athletics team in action today is the women’s lacrosse team, which seeks a 2-0 start to the season at Fresno State. Game time is 4:00 PM CT. That game can be streamed online.
Off the West End
SEC baseball teams went 32-11 on opening weekend (Kentucky played four games and went 4-0; beats me.) Here are the current standings — the big losers of the opening weekend are Mississippi State, which got swept at Southern Miss by a combined score of 23-6. That doesn’t seem great. LSU dropped a pair of games to Notre Dame and gave up a total of 21 runs between Saturday and Sunday.
Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500. I don’t know anything about NASCAR or who Austin Dillon is. Yes, my native Tennessean credentials have just been revoked.
Bubba Wallace came in second at Daytona. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson won the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open. Former Commodore Luke List finished in a tie for 26th.
Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy announced his resignation, effective immediately, on Sunday. Kennedy had previously announced last Monday that he would resign after the season, but after Ole Miss got drilled by Mississippi State on Saturday, I’d assume he just had enough of that crap.
Today I learned there are suspicions that an Olympic curler uses steroids. (Of COURSE it’s a Russian.) Having watched some curling during the Olympics, I find it shocking that Olympic curlers are on steroids.
The New York Mets’ general manager thinks Tim Tebow will make it to the major leagues, just like Tim Tebow was an NFL quarterback.