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Anchor Drop, August 18, 2020: Fall Practice Opens

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Vanderbilt opened fall camp on Monday.

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Vanderbilt opened fall camp on Monday, and what with COVID-19 limiting practice access, we’re left with really only the recap from vucommodores.com. Also yesterday, the Commodores learned their 2020 football schedule, which will begin on September 26 at Texas A&M.

Oh yeah, and Derek Mason still doesn’t want to talk about multiple football players being accused of sexual assault. Okay.

And yet, I listened as Mason carefully dodged questions about his handling of the situation. There was no mention of any players’ names. There was no mention of repercussions. Instead, Mason mentioned an “action plan.” He also mentioned how the team is “going to be an advocate and an agent of change in 2020.”

Of course, he did so without mentioning what the “action plan” actually included. Or how, exactly, the football team is “going to be an advocate and an agent of change in 2020.”

“What I can tell you is that having been raised by a single mom and having two daughters myself, I’ve got a true passion for what lies in this,” Mason said. “We don’t tolerate sexual assault against women, we don’t tolerate violence against women. I believe for us it’s got to be more than just talking.”

I’m honestly trying to imagine what he thinks he’s doing by dodging this question, from Simon Gibbs at the Hustler.

(No, I haven’t been able to find Mason’s press conference video anywhere on the interwebs.)

And in more “no shit” news, Max Schulman points out the obvious problem in Vanderbilt’s reopening guidelines, which is that they have no process to enforce social gathering guidelines. Or at Alabama:

And, of course, UNC’s going all online after trying on-campus classes for a week.

(We’re not actually getting a football season, are we?)

Actual Sports on TV

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And here’s your MLB.TV schedule for today. Free game of the day is Tigers-White Sox at 7:10 PM.