Vanderbilt fans have spoken, and many of them don’t understand why someone would consider booting their Commodores from the SEC.
Would the SEC really be better off without a charter member that has emerged as a power program in baseball?
On this edition of “The Volunteer State,” Blake Toppmeyer and John Adams of the News Sentinel revisit their episode from last week in which they said they would boot Vanderbilt and Missouri from the SEC if they were czars of the conference. During that podcast, they debated a handful of teams that they would consider pursuing as replacements for the Commodores and Tigers.
Vanderbilt fans fired back, with many passionately defending their spot in the SEC.
Toppmeyer reviews the arguments Vanderbilt fans offered, including:
–The school’s charter member status in the SEC
– Vanderbilt’s strong academic profile
– The success of Vanderbilt’s baseball program
– Vanderbilt’s 5-3 record against Tennessee in the last eight football matchups
One Vanderbilt fan, though, wrote that last week’s podcast was on the nose, offering that “it is becoming more obvious by the day that VU administration does not care about success in the sports the general public care about.”
Toppmeyer and Adams agree that they would consider letting the Vanderbilt baseball program stay in the SEC as an auxiliary member, similar to how the Vanderbilt women’s bowling team competes in the Southland Bowling League.
Although Adams doubles down on his decision to send Vanderbilt (aside from its baseball program) packing, he has regrets about his decision on Missouri. Upon review, Adams thinks Missouri should be allowed to stay, and he casts off an SEC West team, instead.
Blake Toppmeyer covers University of Tennessee football. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer. If you enjoy Blake’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it. Current subscribers can click here to join Blake’s subscriber-only text group offering updates and analysis on Vols football.