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Anchor Drop, February 4, 2019: Malcolm Turner Meets the Media

Vanderbilt’s new AD had his introductory press conference on Sunday.

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Good morning.

New Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner held his first press conference on Sunday. You can watch below; I don’t have too many thoughts on this because frankly, there wasn’t a ton of substance here.

That extended to a question about how Turner would evaluate basketball coaches Bryce Drew and Stephanie White, who have combined for one win in SEC play this season.

Now, on to the news. So... this happened in yesterday’s women’s basketball game between Vanderbilt and Tennessee:

Right. Vanderbilt lost the game, 82-65, dropping its record to 6-16 and 1-8 in the SEC.

Men’s tennis split the weekend, losing to Harvard 4-3 on Friday before coming back to beat Penn State 4-3 on Sunday. Women’s tennis likewise took a split, falling 5-2 to #3 North Carolina before coming back to beat #12 Northwestern 5-2.

Bowling finished second in the Prairie View Invitational, losing the final match to Arkansas State on Sunday.

Women’s golf opened its spring season with a 5-under 283 in the first round of the UCF Challenge on Sunday, putting them fifth in the 16-team tournament.

Lacrosse won an exhibition match on Saturday by a 20-8 score over Indianapolis.

The football team picked up another graduate transfer on Sunday. South Alabama OL Rowan Godwin will play his final year at Vanderbilt, he announced via Twitter:

Off the West End

Adam Butler is a Super Bowl champ: the Patriots beat the Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night.

For those keeping score at home, the most recent champions of MLB (David Price), NBA (Damian Jones), and now the NFL have all had a Vanderbilt player on the roster. Obviously this is not a coincidence, and we would recommend that every professional sports team sign all the Vanderbilt players they can.