Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vanderbilt's 1-4 SEC record could be shades of 2003

So Vanderbilt has a 1-4 conference record. Kevin Stallings has been here before.

In 2003, Stallings and the Commodores started the SEC season losing at Auburn, beating Bama at home and then dropping their next three games, at home against Kentucky and on the road at Tennessee and Florida.

But a Stallings-coached team has never gone 1-5. In 2003, his next game was at home against Georgia, and the Dores, whose captain was Darius Coulibaly, won 94-91. They won only one regular season conference game the rest of the year, finishing on a nine game skid, at 3-13 in the conference. They did upset Bama in the SEC tourney before getting bounced out by Kentucky to finish with an overall record of 11-18.

Unfortunately, this 1-4 team doesn't host Georgia. It travels to South Carolina, where the ’Cocks beat Florida last week. That would be the same Florida team that, if you have selective memory, beat the black and gold out of Vanderbilt on Sunday on national television.

By the way, whatever happened to Darius Coulibaly? According to the Vanderbilt media guide, he lives in Fredericksburg, Va., where he's a special education teacher at Chandler High School and the founder of Empowering the Poor Inc.

So he's a winner off the court, that's for sure.

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