How are Vanderbilt fans feeling ahead of Saturday’s game vs. Kentucky? To find out, I spent part of the afternoon on their message boards, which, believe it or not, do exist!
There is some hope for an upset
With the ‘Dores sitting at 2-7 on the season, conversation is slow over at VandyMania.com, but at least one poster believes Vandy can pull off the upset.
In case anyone still cares…
Kentucky is a team that is begging to be upset this week. They have a receiver playing quarterback, and they don’t have a passing game. They had a golden opportunity last week to knock off Tennessee… first and goal from the six for the win, with their home crowd roaring for them, and they couldn’t punch it in in four downs.
Coach Stoops is under pressure. The ‘Cats have two SEC wins… over Missouri (whom Vandy also beat) and a 24-20 win over woeful Arkansas. Most UK fans have moved on, to roundball. Coach Mason will be wearing “The Vest.” Vandy’s improving defense should be able to load the box and at least slow down Bowden and the Cats. If Vandy’s offense, with Riley Neal back (who has looked pretty decent in limited action in his last two appearances) could produce just a few points…
If Vandy were to upset Kentucky on a chilly fall afternoon, would there be anyone there to witness it?
That final line is classic, and I love that they’re looking to Derek Mason’s clothes for confidence. Another fan is much more pessimistic.
Certainly there is hope. Maybe the Coaches will all get a case of the 24 hour flu and the kids can just wing it.
I will certainly watch, but I have no confidence in this group of coaches doing anything beyond committing further coaching malpractice. Perhaps Kentucky is bad enough that we can still win even with Mason at the helm. But then I would have thought that that about Ole Miss and UNLV as well.
Lots of talk about who will replace Derek Mason
Mason hasn’t been fired yet, but after six seasons with only two bowl games and a 26-45 record (10-36 in SEC play), the writing seems to be on the wall. Last week’s 56-0 drubbing from Florida was particularly painful, prompting a flurry of threads (okay, three) on VandyMania.com about who should replace Mason. One of the names mentioned? Chad Morris, whom Arkansas just fired this week.
Sounds crazy- but I would hire Morris as HC– and give him plenty of time. Arkansas was a disaster- but he had success rebuilding SMU, and has an amazing recruiting network within the State of Texas- which hopefully the Admin would give him leeway to exploit [i.e. the “Vanderbilt” brand (as an institution) is strong in TX]. Frankly, I really like the fact he’s already seen both sides of it as an HC too.
And Mike Leach!
Whoever brought up Leach, please. Leach is having a rebuilding year. He’s been monumentally successful while recruiting to two abysmal geographic centers of nowhere that are not even the flagship programs of their own state! He would be a fantastic home run hire.
There is no way Mike Leach is going to Vanderbilt. A much more reasonable candidate is Andy Ludwig, Vandy’s former offensive coordinator that took the same position at Utah earlier this year.
I am all for Andy Ludwig. At least he can tell who can play Quarterback. Already knows how to recruit here.
He’s a great OC but I don’t think he is head coach material. He’s kind of a nerdy guy. Nerdy guys shouldn’t be the ones in charge.
Vandy fans calling someone nerdy when one of them used the word “foibles” in a different post is priceless.
They’re expecting the crowd to be blue
Vanderbilt Football never draws big crowds, but not even beer and wine sales can lure ‘Dores fans back to the stadium for Saturday’s game. Per usual, they’re expecting Kentucky fans to take over.
I have a feeling the crowd won’t be as small as feared. Stubhub prices are going up, not down. That’s not to say that 4/5 of them won’t be Kentucky fans.
I got an email from VU Athletics telling me I could donate my tickets to a veterans’ group. I donated my tickets but couldn’t help feeling like it was an unkind thing to do to someone who has served our country.
What Vanderbilt lacks in on-the-field success, they make up for with self-deprecating humor.