ESPNs College GameDay
To Feature Vanderbilt Football Saturday Before Nationwide
will not host ESPNs College GameDay this Saturday, but
the Commodores will be prominently featured on the popular
college football preview show.
A segment on Commodore Head Coach Bobby Johnsons non-cursing
policy will be College GameDays first look at Vanderbilt
football since it started in 1993. Curry Kirkpatrick, the
popular writer for ESPN The Magazine and a frequent contributor
for College GameDay, will report the story.
College GameDay, hosted by Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk
Herbstreit, will air Saturday from Tallahassee, Fla., site
of the #6 Notre Dame-#13 Florida State game.
Kirkpatrick and an ESPN film crew spent much of Tuesday on
campus talking to Vanderbilt coaches and several student-athletes,
including seniors Jamie Byrum, M.J. Garrett, Mike Martin and
Jim May, junior Benji Walker and freshman Herdley Harrison.
The segment is one of seven scheduled this Saturday.
Coach Johnson initiated the cursing ban last spring during
his first spring practice at Vanderbilt, believing that parents
bringing their children to the practices shouldnt be
subjected to profanity by players or coaches. Previously,
he maintained the policy as head coach at Furman, and was
brought up with the ban as a prep and collegiate player, and
later, as an assistant coach at Furman.
While other college teams, such as Stanford and Notre Dame,
have initiated a similar ban, the Vanderbilt policy became
public after a Nashville newspaper article. The story, later
picked up by the Associated Press, has been featured in many
of the nations top dailies, including The New York Times,
USA Today and Los Angeles Times.
The Commodores, 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the SEC, will host
the University of Connecticut for homecoming this Saturday.
Kickoff at Vanderbilt Stadium is 1:00 p.m.