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Anchor Drop, February 8, 2020: Saturday Open Thread

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Basketball is in Starkville tonight.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Vanderbilt Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Your Anchor Drop is late this morning thanks to Tom sleeping in a bit. So have your open thread with a few news items...

Vanderbilt men’s basketball looks to win its second SEC game in a row tonight at Mississippi State at 7:30 PM CT. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network. How does it feels that we can say we’re looking for our second SEC win in a row?

It seems that the Vanderbilt football offseason coaching carousel has not stopped spinning yet.

We’d seen hints of this before, but it’s now official that Aaron Moorehead, the wide receivers coach for the last two years, has taken the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles. For those keeping score at home, that’s now six of the ten full-time assistants from last season that are gone. Some of that, of course, was Derek Mason’s decision — the two coordinators were quite likely fired, and Cameron Norcross moving on was at best a mutual decision. Moorehead is definitively getting a promotion, and Terrence Brown probably did (going to Washington.) The jury is out on former outside linebackers coach Matt Weikert, who’s now the defensive coordinator at FCS Lamar — which might be considered something of a promotion, but at a considerably lower level.

Three Vanderbilt football players have been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and you can probably guess who they are: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Kalija Lipscomb, and Jared Pinkney.

Vanderbilt baseball still has some position battles ongoing a week before the season opener.

Men’s tennis beat Memphis, 5-2, on Friday. Up next is a Sunday doubleheader against Harvard and MTSU. Women’s tennis hosts Miami today at 10:30 AM CT (which means it’s probably going on when the Anchor Drop is posted.)

Here’s a preview of Vanderbilt lacrosse.

Chris Lee and Seabass podcasted on a number of topics, but mostly Vanderbilt’s decision to relieve Malcolm Turner of his duties as athletic director and what it means going on. It’s worth a listen.

Bad Gambling Advice

LSU at Auburn (11:00 AM CT, ESPN): Auburn -5.5, Over 154

Kentucky at Tennessee (12:00 PM CT, CBS): Kentucky -2, Under 131.5

Texas A&M at South Carolina (12:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Texas A&M +8, Under 131.5

Florida at Ole Miss (1:00 PM CT, ESPN2): Ole Miss +2.5, Under 136.5

Arkansas at Missouri (2:30 PM CT, SEC Network): Arkansas -2.5, Over 130.5

Alabama at Georgia (5:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Alabama +1, Over 159

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (7:30 PM CT, SEC Network): Vanderbilt +16, Under 143.5