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Anchor Drop, July 25, 2020: The Hits Coming, Again

Ah, okay, time for Joe Rexrode to drag Kirkland.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

So, the summer of our discontent... continues. This time it’s Joe Rexrode at The Athletic, interviewing mostly disgruntled former athletic department employees. Really, a lot of this isn’t exactly new information — the dysfunction within the athletic department has been fairly obvious since around the time Malcolm Turner was forced out in February, if not before that. But this part, well...

“Those numbers may seem like a lot,” the source said. “And maybe it’s a little far-fetched. But the tennis facility, where we have a top program in the country on the women’s side, is awful. It needs another court just to host NCAA Tournaments. The swimming situation is awful. Lacrosse. So add that to the obvious projects and we had a lot to do. I think Malcolm saw so much potential, saw a gold mine waiting to explode. I think he had all the right intentions. He was personable. Malcolm came in and was very vulnerable and led from a place of ‘Hey, I’m learning and I want you guys to help me learn.’ … I thought he had the best vision of what Vanderbilt could be.”

Tennis? Swimming? Lacrosse? Well, they really know how to get our attention.

And speaking of the women’s tennis program, here’s an interview with new head coach Aleke Tsoubanos.

In sad news, Thanh Anderson, one of the captains of Vanderbilt’s 1986 football team, has died at the age of 54.

And finally, I would like to watch the comments section burn, so here is a Hustler editorial about why the Vanderbilt student group Abolish Greek Life is wrong.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 7:00 AM: European Tour: British Masters, Final Round (Golf Channel)
  • 8:55 AM: Russia Cup: Khimki vs. FC Zenit St. Petersburg (ESPN3)
  • 10:00 AM: Serie A: Brescia v. Parma (ESPN+)
  • 12:00 PM: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (FOX)
  • 12:00 PM: PGA Tour: 3M Open, Third Round (Golf Channel)
  • 12:00 PM: MLL: Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons (ESPN+)
  • 12:15 PM: Serie A: Genoa v. Inter (ESPN+)
  • 1:15 PM: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals (MLB Network)
  • 2:00 PM: PGA Tour: 3M Open, Third Round (CBS)
  • 2:30 PM: Serie A: Napoli v. Sassuolo (ESPN+)
  • 3:00 PM: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (FOX)
  • 3:00 PM: MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Connecticut Hammerheads (ESPN+)
  • 4:00 PM: USL League One: New England II vs. Union Omaha (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: New York Yankees at Washington Nationals (FOX)
  • 6:00 PM: USL Championship: Hartford Athletic vs. Philadelphia Union II (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: USL League One: Fort Lauderdale CF vs. FC Tucson (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: USL League One: Greenville Triumph SC vs. Richmond Kickers (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: World TeamTennis: New York Empire vs. Chicago Smash (ESPN+)
  • 6:30 PM: Premier Lacrosse League: Chaos vs. Chrome (NBC Sports)
  • 6:30 PM: USL Championship: Birmingham Legion FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (ESPN+)
  • 7:00 PM: Liga MX: Guadalajara v. Leon (Telemundo)
  • 7:00 PM: MLS: Orlando City SC v. Montreal Impact (ESPN2)
  • 7:00 PM: USL Championship: Louisville City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City II (ESPN+)
  • 7:00 PM: USL League One: Tormenta FC vs. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (ESPN+)
  • 7:30 PM: USL Championship: Memphis 901 FC vs. Charlotte Independence (ESPN+)
  • 8:00 PM: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres (FS1)
  • 8:00 PM: USL Championship: San Antonio FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (ESPN+)
  • 8:00 PM: USL League One: North Texas SC vs. Forward Madison (ESPN+)
  • 8:30 PM: Liga MX: Cruz Azul v. Santos Laguna (Univision)
  • 9:00 PM: USL Championship: Orange County SC vs. Phoenix Rising FC (ESPN+)
  • 9:00 PM: USL Championship: LA Galaxy II vs. Sacramento Republic FC (ESPN+)
  • 9:00 PM: USL Championship: San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC (ESPN+)
  • 9:30 PM: MLS: Philadelphia Union v. New England Revolution (ESPN2)

Here’s your full MLB schedule, for those of you who have MLB.TV. I’m not sure what the Free Game of the Day is. Andrew will, of course, have your daily open thread for MLB games later. I would encourage the rest of you to use this thread as your open thread for the Russia Cup, Major League Lacrosse, and Mexican soccer. (For the record, it is my understanding that Costa Rican soccer starts on August 16.)


MLB: Mets 1, Braves 0 ... Reds 7, Tigers 1 ... Blue Jays 6, Rays 4 ... Marlins 5, Phillies 2 ... Indians 2, Royals 0 ... Cubs 3, Brewers 0 ... Red Sox 13, Orioles 2 ... Rangers 1, Rockies 0 ... Cardinals 5, Pirates 4 ... Twins 10, White Sox 5 ... Padres 7, Diamondbacks 2 ... Astros 8, Mariners 2 ... Dodgers 9, Giants 1 ... A’s 7, Angels 3.