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Anchor Drop, June 17, 2021: 79 Days to Kickoff

Vanderbilt has new radio broadcasters.

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Today marks 79 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against ETSU. There’s no 79 on Vanderbilt’s roster — with, again, the caveat that freshmen don’t have uniform assignments yet, but it’s actually been a while since Vanderbilt has had a player wear 79.

And the big news of the day is that Joe Fisher’s replacements are official. And I say “replacements,” plural, because Vanderbilt is dividing up the radio play-by-play duties: former Tulane radio broadcaster Andrew Allegretta will handle football and baseball radio broadcasts, while also doing play-by-play duties on SEC Network+ for men’s and women’s basketball. Kevin Ingram will take over men’s basketball play-by-play duties, and will also be the sideline reporter for football and SEC Network+ broadcaster for baseball.

It’s going to be weird not having a single “Voice of the Commodores,” but I’ll point out here that this model of divvying up play-by-play duties across multiple sports is becoming more common. The idea of having a single radio guy dated to the days when basketball season basically didn’t start until football season was over, and college baseball was kind of an afterthought and not something you would have a radio broadcaster for anyway. As time went on, the old model required Vanderbilt to have a backup announcer (Max Herz) handling baseball broadcasts for a few weeks while basketball season was still going on, and while some of our fellow SEC schools have solved the SEC Network+ broadcast issue by simply simulcasting the radio broadcast on the stream, that’s not really a workable long-term solution.

As far as the hires themselves, well, we’re all probably familiar with Ingram by now, and from the sound of things, Fear the Wave doesn’t exactly seem thrilled to see Allegretta go.

In recruiting news, football picked up a commitment from Levi Harber, an offensive line prospect from Montrose, Michigan. And basketball landed Gardner-Webb transfer Jamaine Mann, who averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg as a freshman. That doesn’t sound terribly impressive, but I can think of worse uses for the 13th scholarship.

Anyway, I’m going to be watching the U.S. Open working all day, but there’s more content coming today.


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

NBA: Hawks 109, 76ers 106 ... Clippers 119, Jazz 111.

NHL: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2.

Euro 2020: Finland 0-1 Russia ... Turkey 0-2 Wales ... Italy 3-0 Switzerland.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 8:00 AM: Euro 2020: Ukraine v. North Macedonia (ESPN)
  • 8:40 AM: PGA Tour: U.S. Open, First Round (Peacock)
  • 10:50 AM: FIBA: Italy v. Serbia (ESPN+)
  • 10:50 AM: FIBA: Turkey v. Slovenia (ESPN+)
  • 11:00 AM: FIBA: Virgin Islands v. United States (ESPN+)
  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: Denmark v. Belgium (ESPN)
  • 11:30 AM: PGA Tour: U.S. Open, First Round (Golf Channel)
  • 12:10 PM: MLB: Orioles at Cleveland (ESPN+)
  • 1:35 PM: FIBA: Croatia v. France (ESPN+)
  • 1:50 PM: FIBA: Spain v. Belarus (ESPN+)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: Netherlands v. Austria (ESPN)
  • 2:00 PM: FIBA: Dominican Republic v. Canada (ESPN+)
  • 4:00 PM: Copa America: Colombia v. Venezuela (FS1)
  • 5:00 PM: FIBA: Venezuela v. Brazil (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: PGA Tour: U.S. Open, First Round (NBC)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Cubs at Mets ( free game)
  • 7:00 PM: Copa America: Brazil v. Peru (FS1)
  • 7:00 PM: NHL: Lightning at Islanders (USA)
  • 7:30 PM: NBA: Nets at Bucks (ESPN)
  • 8:00 PM: FIBA: Colombia v. Puerto Rico (ESPN+)
  • 9:00 PM: PGA Tour: U.S. Open, First Round (Peacock)