JOE BIDDLE: Dawgs chew up ‘Dores

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: July 7, 2013 (Image 1)

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Lionel “Little Train'' James. …

  • Methinks Vanderbilt has a long way to go if it wants to challenge the top tier SEC teams. A year ago, the Commodores lost 33-28 at home to Georgia.

    Saturday night between the hedges, it was not even close. Vanderbilt lost every battle. They committed nine penalties in the first half and can ill afford to give up yards because of their mistakes.

    Georgia won the battles in the trenches on both sides of the ball. It was 48-3 after three quarters when Coach Mark Richt called off the No. 5 ranked Dawgs, who were toying with the outmanned Commodores. Receivers were running wide open all night and quarterback Aaron Murray had a field day.

    One thing is for sure. Vanderbilt is not sneaking up on SEC teams as it has in the past. The word is out, but Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin needs for his team to win a meaningful game for the players to keep buying what Franklin is selling.

    They travel to Missouri Saturday and need to find some confidence before that game. It will be another hostile crowd and they looked shell-shocked against Georgia. Then comes Florida, then Auburn.

  • Florida has had three Heisman Trophy winners. All three were quarterbacks for the Gators.

    And Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow all had fathers who were men of the cloth.

    Spurrier's father was a Presbyterian minister. Wuerffel's father is an Air Force chaplain. Tebow's father and mother are missionaries.


  • If bloodlines count, keep an eye on Kelvin Taylor, a 5-11, 211-pound senior at Glades Day School in Florida.

    Kelvin's father is former NFL star Fred Taylor. His parents never married, but Fred has remained involved in his son's life.

    Kelvin started for the varsity as an eighth grader. Now the running back is 18 years old and ranked as the 47th best player in the 2013 recruiting class by

    “He's a better player than I was, just his football IQ,'' said Fred, a former Jacksonville Jaguars star.

    He has run for 1,584 yards and 28 TDs this season. He owns the all-time state records in rushing and TDs.

    He has verbally committed to his father's alma mater, Florida.

  • Our Town lost a great man when longtime Belmont baseball coach Dave Whitten died last week. He was 84.

    Whitten coached at his alma mater for 32 years and influenced hundreds of players who came through his program.

    FBI agent Tim Reese was one of those. Reese told me his relationship with Whitten grew even stronger after his playing days were over.

    It's no surprise. After he retired, Whitten volunteered for the Cancer Society and the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, where he and his wife lived.

  • Arkansas players woke up this morning, shook their heads and asked: What's a Rutgers?
  • Lane Kiffin is up to his old petulant ways. I'm sure Southern Cal's loss to Stanford, which pretty much eliminates the Trojans chances to play for the BCS Championship, didn't have anything to do with his actions at a post-practice media session last Wednesday.

    Kiffin's presser lasted all of 29 seconds after a reporter dared to ask Kiffin how a player's return to practice that day could help the offense look crisper.

    “I've got to go,'' Kiffin sniffed, as he walked away.

    Last month USC put a policy in place that forbids media that attends practice to report on injuries.

    The following day, Kiffin started the session with, “Let's see if we can make it past a minute today.''

    Glory be. Kiffin answered all 12 questions tossed his way.

  • The most ludicrous list of possible replacements for Tennessee's Derek Dooley was presented by a Nashville-based radio co-host on a Knoxville station last week.

    First of all, the fact that Dooley may save his job for at least another year is very much still in play. There is a lot of football left and the next four games (after Akron) could determine his fate.

    Fired Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino was high on the wish list. Remember the guy who is touting Petrino for the UT job is the same one whose “sources'' told him there would be some pictures leaking out of Petrino sexting his mistress. Don't think that one came true, but that is today's form of journalism of throwing enough stuff up on the wall and hope one of them sticks.

    Other so-called candidates include former Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Jon Gruden, currently on the Monday Night Football broadcast crew. People who think Gruden would take the job point to the fact he married a former Vols cheerleader and he was a grad assistant at UT. He has turned down overtures to apply for the job in the past. The job he has now is better than the Tennessee job.

    Others on the list were Louisville's Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt's James Franklin. James Franklin? Sure, Tennessee would hire a Vanderbilt coach. Clueless. Totally clueless.

  • The Tennessee Titans now have an app that you can download to your mobile phone and stay up to date while you are at the games.

    You can find the app on the Titans official website.

  • How could former Titans QB Vince Young go through $26 million?

    Picking up bar tabs for your teammates at restaurants and bars mounts up pretty quickly. There was one unconfirmed story making the rounds that Young once bought out a Southwest Airlines flight and he wasn't using Frequent Flyer miles.

    It's a sad story. He needs to go the Canadian Football League route. Not that much money, but it's probably going to be his only opportunity.

  • Nashville's Brandt Snedeker has an excellent chance to pocket $10 million today in the FedEx Championship Series.

    But he has to beat Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to do it. They represent the best golfer in the past in Woods and the rising star of the future in McIlroy.

    If Snedeker wins the final tournament at East Lake CC today, he cashs the big check. He didn't make a bogey in Saturday's round that left him tied with Justin Rose for the lead going into today's final round.

    Snedeker, Woods and McIlroy could win the championship by finishing second, depending on what other golfers do. There are a dozen golfers separated by only five shots.

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