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Vanderbilt gets rid of athletics communications department

What’s going on over on West End?

This morning, multiple Vanderbilt beat writers reported that the school has fired its athletics communications staff and is absorbing the roles within the university’s communications department. The Tennessean has confirmed the news, citing emails sent to the employees on Monday. VandySports’ Chris Lee tweeted that existing employees will be allowed to reapply for jobs, but the move will give the university even more control over athletics, the latest in a series of puzzling moves by the Commodores.

Why should you care? Maybe you don’t (it’s Vandy after all), but to those of us in sports media, media relations/athletics communications staffs are essential. Folks like Tony Neely, Susan Lax, Eric Lindsey, Deb Moore, Evan Crane, Stephanie Guy, and many others work tirelessly to keep the UK Athletics machine rolling, scheduling and organizing media opportunities; grinding out press releases, game notes, quotes, and promotional materials; running social media accounts; and fielding interview requests and questions from reporters around the clock. Athletics PR — even at Vanderbilt — is an industry all its own, completely different than a traditional public relations job (the hours alone are grueling).

But, Vandy gonna Vandy.

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8 Comments for Vanderbilt gets rid of athletics communications department

  1. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:17 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    The staff had to be tired of sending out “We are not very good” press releases.

  2. WKY Cat
    7:08 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Just get it over with and pull Vandy’s SEC card.

  3. serdi
    8:09 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    The last thing that needs to happen is to “pull the SEC” card of Vandy or any other charter member of the league.

  4. serdi
    8:15 pm July 7, 2020 Permalink

    It is really too bad in my opinion that Georgia Tech and Tulane ever dropped out as charter members in the mid-60s. With all due respect to the four additional schools, South Carolina is a true fit. All the other three schools should be in the Big 12.

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:56 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Vandy would fit better than the ACC, their academic standards are to high for most SEC pro bound athletes. The ACC has schools with high standards that suck at most sports as well. Vandy could compete in that league.

    • runningunnin.454
      8:57 am July 8, 2020 Permalink

      High academic standards? Like fake classes?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      8:15 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      I didn’t say all of them and UNC had to create those classes for the very reason I stated.

  6. bbn606
    6:44 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Athletics at Vandy is treated like intramurals. They don’t even have an AD.