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SMITH COLUMN: Vanderbilt's unexpected run in baseball caps another banner SEC year

June 28, 2014

Smith

The Southeastern Conference has once again proven its dominance in sports with the way it concluded the 2013-14 athletic year.
With the Vanderbilt Commodores winning the national championship in baseball, it was another feather in the cap of the SEC. The league didn't need much more to validate itself, but the Commodores sure helped in that cause.
Vanderbilt and national champions are not words that were expected by many to be used in the same sentence, especially in baseball, but the Commodores were sure able to get the job done and deserve to feel good about what they accomplished.
It was my thought through the years that Vanderbilt had a better opportunity to win a national title in the sport of basketball because coach Kevin Stallings has had some pretty talented teams in Nashville, Tenn., with the ability to shoot the basketball well.
Even though the Commodores were able to make a little bit of noise in the NCAA Tournament in hoops, they were never able to reach the status where baseball is now.
Coach Tim Corbin has done an excellent job of keeping the players focused in baseball. The Commodores had made the College World Series, before, but seemed just happy to be there. They returned to Omaha, Neb., this season with a purpose in mind.

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