Vanderbilt kicks off its football season 14 days from today at Vanderbilt Stadium against Middle Tennessee. There are two 14’s on this year’s roster. We assume all of our readers are familiar with senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur; the other #14 is freshman defensive back Max Worship. We are fairly sure that is the fake name that Tim Tebow uses to order pizzas.
Speaking of Vanderbilt Stadium, we finally got something resembling an answer from the administration. Vanderbilt gave a noncommittal statement which committed the university to... considering it.
My thoughts on the subject are well-known. I think there are valid reasons not to do a major stadium project, but at this point it’s gotten to where the Vanderbilt administration needs to do a lot of work to show fans that it’s serious about competing in the SEC (at least in football), because that really is an open question right now — and staying silent for two weeks before releasing a noncommittal statement only after Adam Sparks started calling up Board of Trust members only serves to make those questions even louder. You’re already dealing with a fan base that’s openly wondering whether you think it’s a problem that the football coach has a 6-26 SEC record in four years on the job. Do we really need this two weeks before the season?
Vanderbilt’s golfers are all out of the U.S. Amateur after Will Gordon lost his quarterfinal match on Friday.
Zac Ellis writes about junior walk-on Ryley Guay, who might be Vanderbilt’s starting kicker in 2018.
Tweet of the Day
More disturbing revelations in Ohio State saga: @WatchStadium reports in 2015 Zach Smith had sex toys/male apparel ordered & sent to him at Woody Hayes Athletic Center, OSU’s football offices. Smith also took nude photos including at the White House in '15 https://t.co/MyqawmGTJC— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 17, 2018
Off the West End
Technically football’s back in Nashville: high school football, that is.
A day after posting a 59, Brandt Snedeker shot a 3-under par 67 and leads the Wyndham Championship by two strokes over D.A. Points.