Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Commodore Banter (5/13)

A few links to pass along on this lovely Tuesday afternoon...

While we've spent a lot of time discussing the hypocrisy of the term "student-athlete," there's at least one school that's doing things right, as VUCommodores' Rod Williamson writes.

Within the piece, Williamson notes that Vanderbilt student-athletes just finished up the most successful academic semester and the finest academic year in school history. This spring, 325 Commodores combined to register a 3.12 cumulative grade point average. Great stuff.

In football news, junior cornerback D.J. Moore was named to the preseason watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the top defensive player in the country.

"While I'm extremely pleased for D.J., I also hope senior safety Reshard Langford, one of team captains, gets some consideration as we get closer to the season," said coach Bobby Johnson.

On the diamond, the Vanderbilt baseball team needs one win (or a number of teams to lose once) at Florida this weekend to secure a spot in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The experienced Commodores are used to the pressure, writes Brett Hait.

For a great piece of sportswriting, check out Joe Posnanski's most recent blog entry. You'll love it.

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