With the regular season behind Vanderbilt and a bowl game appearance ahead, insider Don Yates recaps…
Vanderbilt News and Notes 12/11/2012
It was announced by the athletic department on Friday afternoon that Vanderbilt had sold out of their initial allocation of 12,000 tickets AND the first additional amount requested. According to director of sales and marketing Steve Walsh, "Our fans have done a tremendous job in selling out our entire initial allotment along with our additional requests in just five days. It's a clear signal that the Vanderbilt community and college football fans in this market are very excited about Commodore football."
Analysis: With the way Vanderbilt was treated when it came to bowl allocation I don' think it is possible to underestimate how important it was for Vandy to roll through the initial ticket allocation. The powers that be at the bowls need to know that Commodore fans are committed to their team and will pay to go to bowls to watch them play. The more additional tickets the 'Dores can sell the better they look and maybe next year there will be less jobbing involved when the pairings are announced.
Kyle Fuller lights it up
Almost hidden in a week where the bowl game was announced and James Franklin signed a perhaps program defining contract was the fact that Vandy stepped up in overtime to beat Xavier on the hardwood in Cincinnati. Junior guard Kyle Fuller scored all 12 points for the 'Dores in overtime, part of a career high 25, as part of a roaring comeback victory.
Analysis: The 3-4 Commodores needed this in the worst way. This was always going to be something of a rebuilding season when you consider everything that the team lost to graduation and the NBA, but even then losses to teams like Marist are completely unacceptable. The break that the 'Dores are on right now will give them time to refocus and hopefully come out big with winnable games against Alabama A&M and Cornell on the immediate horizon.
GamecockPride.com Recommended Stories
Amazing Video: Scout's Top Football Recruits
Watch hundreds of incredible profiles of the country's top football recruits in action. For all you recruiting fanatics, it doesn't get any better than this!Read More
Rivalry Week on Scout
Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Gains in Wheeled Combat Vehicles Closing Gaps
Do advances in wheeled combat vehicles signal that they can now deliver the same mobility as tracked systems in deep mud or sand dunes?Read More
Out, the New Star Wars Trailer Is!
If you don't get goosebumps when the John Williams score kicks in, the force is most likely not with you.Read More