Vanderbilt Unveils Uniforms,
Dedicates Practice Fields During First Dore Jam Sunday On
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt
officially geared up for the 2002 football season on Sunday
with the first Dore Jam celebration that attracted nearly
5,000 Commodore fans eager to get the first look at the teamís
new uniforms and facilities.
The crowd of 4,811 watched under
ideal weather conditions as Head Coach Bobby Johnson introduced
eight seniors who model the black, gold and white uniforms.
Afterward, the newly renovated practice facility was dedicated
to Vanderbilt alumnus and long-time athletic booster John
Rich, introduced by Vanderbilt
Chancellor Gordon Gee, was emotional during his acceptance
speech before a crowd that included a number of relatives.
Rich was joined on the stage by Gee, Johnson, Director of
Athletics Todd Turner, and Nashville businessman and Commodore
supporter John Ingram.
Rich has been instrumental in
the development in numerous football facilities on campus,
including the two practice fields and a state-of-the-art weight
room renovation. The practice fields include a full-length
AstroPlay synthetic surface and a natural grass surface. The
project was completed less than a week ago, just in time for
the arrival of Vanderbiltís incoming freshmen football class.
The weight room, opened last January, features nearly 2,000-square
feet of space than before and new equipment.
The seniors - Dan Stricker, Rushen
Jones, Jamie Byrum, M.J. Garrett, Aaron McWhorter, Hunter
Hillenmeyer, Brandon Walthour and Mike Martin - modeled the
uniformed designed by Nike. The team will have the option
of choosing between three color schemes of both pants and
Fans in attendance were treated
to interactive contests directed by several of Vanderbiltís
respective head coaches, including Tim Corbin (Baseball),
Ronnie Hill (Womenís Soccer), Tim McClements (Menís Soccer),
Martha Freitag (Womenís Golf), Press McPhaul (Menís Golf),
Cathy Swezey (Lacrosse) and Lori Shepard (Track & Field).
The event included live entertainment, food and refreshments,
autographs and numerous activities for youngsters.
An added bonus at Dore Jam was
the first 2,000 adults who walked through the gates received
two complimentary tickets to Vanderbilt home football opener
on September 7 against Furman. For the past eight years, the
Paladins were directed by the new Vanderbilt coach.