Today, I got bored and decided to learn more about Vanderbilt’s football program.
As it turns out, it’s not too fantastic. It’s not surprising when you think about it; we’re in the SEC, after all. Being pit against the likes of Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Louisiana, and Georgia isn’t easy. But Commodore football has gotten a lot more competitive with the help of head coach James Franklin.
Though Franklin has only been at Vandy for one season, he brought us from a 2–10 season to a 6–7 2011 season that included the Liberty Bowl. Not to mention that some of those losses were very close. But Coach Franklin has brought more than wins—he’s gotten the Vanderbilt community energized about Commodore football again. Franklin has totally changed the culture of the football team, both inside and out: the new uniforms have re-energized the players as well as the fan base about the upcoming season.
I, for one, am very much looking forward to the SEC football experience. I’ve never been to an SEC game (though both of my parents went to UGA for graduate school). In fact, the only football games that I have been to have been of FAMU in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference [Division I, FCS]. (Not even any ACC games! Incredible!) The scale, magnitude, and sheer furor of SEC games far outdoes MEAC games. Being a part of the delectable SEC action as a college student is one of the new experiences that I can’t wait for.
The Commodores have barely been worth mentioning in SEC football due to the high caliber (and school size) of our opponents, but we’ll be back with a new spring in our step and debts to pay come August 30th against South Carolina. Go ahead. Look at the schedule and order your tickets; memories will be made and records will be broken this season.