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Anchor Drop, September 17, 2020: Augenstein at the U.S. Open

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Hey! Nobody entered the transfer portal today!

U.S. Amateur Championship Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

So, you get to hear me talk about golf today. That’s because the U.S. Open tees off today, and included in that is Vanderbilt golfer John Augenstein, who earned a spot in the Open by virtue of his runner-up finish at the 2019 U.S. Amateur. Under normal circumstances, Augenstein would have graduated and turned professional by now, but with the Open and the Masters both pushed back to the fall, Augenstein has had to remain an amateur or he forfeits his spot in those two events.

Anyway, Augenstein tees off at 6:23 AM CT, and if you’re up this early, television coverage of the Open starts at 6:30 AM on the Golf Channel. Yep, 6:30 AM. Yes, I am watching this while I get ready for work this morning, why do you ask? (Also in the event: Brandt Snedeker, who tees off at 12:38 PM.)

Okay, let’s talk about football long enough to note this gem from Team Speed Kills’ Vanderbilt football roundtable:

What is your prediction for this squad in 2020?

Andrew: 0-10

Josh: 0-10

Chris: 1-9

Robert: 1-9

I mean, honestly, I can’t argue with this. But at least Derek Mason likes his defense!

At the Hustler, Justin Hershey writes about Vanderbilt’s two new fan engagement initatives:

The two initiatives, the Black and Gold Club and the Commodore Fan Council, are designed to welcome new stakeholders while inviting apathetic fans and former neglected student-athletes back into the Vanderbilt community. They indicate the school’s commitment to its athletics strategic plan and are long overdue initiatives that are an extremely positive sign for the future of Vanderbilt athletics.

And last bit of football news, Texas A&M isn’t allowing tailgating for the season opener.

Vanderbilt soccer was picked fourth in the SEC by the league’s coaches.

Oh yeah, and the Big Ten voted to play football this fall, starting October 24.

Actual Sports on TV

All times Central.

Here’s your MLB.TV schedule. Free game of the day: Blue Jays-Yankees at 6:05 PM.

And, the SEC Network, which has lots of Finebaum and lots of SEC Now, again.