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Anchor Drop, July 19, 2023: 38 Days to Kickoff

Clark Lea spoke at SEC Media Days yesterday.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are now 38 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against Hawaii. Two players on the roster wear 38; first, there’s defensive back Jalen Gilbert. The 6’0”, 181-pound freshman from Round Rock, Texas, was ranked as a three-star prospect. Redshirt freshman kicker Will Faris saw his first action in the Hawaii game, scoring on an extra point.

It was Clark Lea’s turn at SEC Media Days yesterday morning, and as Gentry Estes wrote at the Tennessean, he’s still saying “what Vanderbilt coaches aren’t supposed to say”:

“Vanderbilt football pursues success at the highest level,” Lea said in his opening statement, “and we will not back down from our mission to build the best college football program in the nation.”

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 12:00 PM: MLB: Dodgers at Orioles or Guardians at Pirates (MLB Network)
  • 3:00 PM: MLB: Rays at Rangers (MLB Network)
  • 6:00 PM: MLB: Yankees at Angels or Padres at Blue Jays (MLB Network)
  • 2:00 AM: FIFA Women’s World Cup: New Zealand v. Norway (FOX)
  • 3:00 AM: Golf: Open Championship, First Round (USA)
  • 5:00 AM: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Australia v. Ireland (FOX)


MLB: Giants 4, Reds 2 (Game 1) ... Phillies 4, Brewers 3 ... Dodgers 10, Orioles 3 ... Guardians 10, Pirates 1 ... Padres 9, Blue Jays 1 ... Mets 11, White Sox 10 ... Diamondbacks 16, Braves 13 ... Giants 11, Reds 10 (Game 2) ... Cardinals 5, Marlins 2 ... Rangers 5, Rays 3 ... Cubs 17, Nationals 3 ... Royals 11, Tigers 10 ... Rockies 4, Astros 3 ... Angels 5, Yankees 1 ... A’s 3, Red Sox 0 ... Twins 10, Mariners 3.