NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Baseball coach Tim Corbin and his Commodores have set a new bar at Vanderbilt by winning the school's second national title last month at the College World Series.
Now athletic director David Williams wants to know who's next. Williams says winning the baseball championship sent a message to Vanderbilt's other coaches that titles are possible. He told The Associated Press that the Commodores are pleased and proud but ready to go after the next one.
And Williams includes the football team, even with a first-year head coach, trying to build on its already unprecedented success.
"It can be done," Williams said. "We're kind of like really, really happy, really proud. But we're ready to go after the next one now."
With the baseball title, Vanderbilt finished 45th in the Directors' Cup with 11 of 16 teams reaching the postseason. Vandy also won the SEC women's golf title.
Media at the Southeastern Conference media days picked Vanderbilt to finish fifth in the East in voting released Thursday in Alabama Williams shook his head talking about similar expectations for a program that has gone 9-4 each of the past two seasons winning bowl games and finishing the season ranked in the AP's Top 25 for the first time ever.
The Commodores lost coach James Franklin to Penn State in January and replaced him by hiring Derek Mason away from Stanford where he was defensive coordinator. Mason said Monday at SEC media days he thinks the Commodores' opportunity is now to compete for the SEC East title. Such high expectations won Mason the job.
"Would you love to win the national championship in football?" Williams said. "Yeah. What do you have to do? You have to get to the game. How do you get to the game? You win the East because if you win the East, then you get to play for the SEC championship. If we don't win the SEC East, we can't even play for that. So shouldn't the goal be off the bat to win the SEC East?"