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Quick Slant: Black and Gold weekend

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April 6, 2012

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

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We're gearing up for the annual Black and Gold football game, April 14 at 6 p.m. There is much to do that afternoon with a women's tennis match at noon, a baseball game with Auburn at 2 p.m., Vandyville in motion and postgame fireworks in addition to as much of a game-like atmosphere as possible. The game will be telecast by CSS on a delayed basis (showing Sunday) and carried live by ESPN3.com everywhere outside the 13-state CSS footprint. Plan to be here, spend the afternoon, have some fun and get an early look at what James Franklin and his program have been up to lately.

Vanderbilt is a place for high achievers and one of our finest just completed work on her doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Candice Storey Lee is a former Commodore basketball student-athlete and in recent years has been a remarkable cornerstone of our Athletics' Senior Management Team. Recently she was deeply involved in hosting the NCAA Women's Basketball first and second rounds, yet still found time (2 a.m.) to apply the finishing touches to her massive dissertation. Three degrees from Vanderbilt! What's that they say about the busiest person in the room being the one to get things done?

The first of six Tim Corbin call-in shows starts April 9 at the Corner Pub Midtown from 6-7 p.m. and carried by 102.5-FM. The only exception to the Monday format is one show on Tuesday, Apr. 24. Voice of the Commodores Joe Fisher joins the coach for this interesting hour of Vanderbilt baseball.

It was a typically fast-paced Tuesday when word arrived that a Vanderbilt baseball signee had died a few hours prior. Suddenly what seemed urgent moments before felt trivial; to consider the premature passing of a young man who many considered the pride of their county - bright in the classroom and dominating in the sports arena - is to ponder one of life's saddest tragedies. The thoughts and prayers of a grieving Commodore Nation are extended to family and friends.

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