Vanderbilt’s Wesley Schelling Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week

Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt long snapper Wesley Schelling is the latest Commodore to receive a conference honor as he’s been named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Nashville native recovered a fumble for a touchdown in Vandy’s win over Florida, while also executing all nine long snaps.

Schelling became just the fifth FBS long snapper since 2003 to record a touchdown. His recovery on a muffed punt gave the Commodores their fourth non-offensive touchdown of the season.

The product of Pearl-Cohn’s football program has executed on all 90 long snaps this season and all 205 in his career. He was fourth team Preseason All-SEC according to Phil Steele entering 2022 and is a three-time Academic All-SEC Selection.

Schelling becomes the fourth Vandy player to take home a conference player of the week honor this season, joining Mike Wright (Nov. 14, Offensive), AJ Swann (Sept. 19, Freshman) and Jayden McGowan (Sept. 5, Freshman). It’s the most weekly awards in one season for Vandy since 2018.

The Commodores (5-6) will look to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2018 as they will finish the 2022 regular season on Saturday when No. 9 Tennessee visits FirstBank Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Titans & Mayor’s Office To Donate $15 Million To Metro Nashville Public Schools Football Programs

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The Tennessee Titans, Nashville mayor John Cooper and The Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc. (The Fans Inc) are dedicating an endowment of $15 million to athletic programming at Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS).

Each of the 15 district-run high schools will receive nearly $1 million towards the building of a new athletic field or otherwise improving athletic facilities based on each school’s specific needs.

“Today’s announcement means that by the time the Titans have a new home field for game day, every public high school in Nashville will have a home field advantage too,” says Cooper. “High school sports bring neighborhoods together. In my first three years as Mayor, we’ve made the biggest investment in our classrooms in the history of our city. As I travel around Nashville, I see how important it is that we invest in every part of our kids’ lives, including sports. Our students are making strides in test scores and excelling academically, and their teams are going to the playoffs and winning championships. It’s time we meet them halfway by giving them the high-quality facilities they deserve.”

Mayor Cooper is proposing that one-third of the funding will come from Metro via forthcoming capital spending plans, in addition to the third donated from the Tennessee Titans via a $5 million grant over 5 years to MNPS athletics through The Fans Inc. The remaining third is set to be raised from private donors by The Fans Inc.’s fundraising campaign. The Titans contribution is part of their larger ONE community benefits platform with 16 local and regional organizations.

“We are deeply committed to educating well-rounded students and investing in their success inside and outside the classroom,” notes Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS Director. “Our young athletes and incredible staff make the School Board and all of MNPS proud every day, and they deserve facilities that match their outstanding effort and commitment. I’m grateful to Mayor Cooper, the Titans and our private partners for making this dream a reality, and hope this exciting announcement will help inspire the next generation of MNPS athletes.”

“Nashville welcomed the Titans with open arms nearly twenty-five years ago, and since then the team and its vast network of former players, coaches and fans have become an integral part of this city’s cultural fabric,” says Eddie George, Head Football Coach at Tennessee State University and former Titans legend. “It’s about way more than just football–it’s about making Nashville the kind of city where we want to raise our families and where everyone can thrive. Today’s announcement is just the latest example of how the Tennessee Titans organization cares deeply about the Nashville community and its future.”

The Titans also announced the details of its community partner agreement with MNPS as part of its recently announced ONE Community platform. The partnership features support for both MNPS academics and athletics through programmatic and financial commitments. The partnership focuses support on four key areas: the Academies of Nashville, MNPS athletics, literacy initiatives and promotional opportunities on the Titans’ owned platforms.

As part of the agreement, the Titans will become a partner of the Academies of Nashville, a transformational high school model that provides students with college and career prep experiences. The Titans will join an existing Academy or create a new program allowing students to gain career experience at Nissan Stadium, and will also offer opportunities to its corporate partners to get engaged in the program.

“The students attending our Metro Nashville Public Schools are tomorrow’s leaders, and it is clear to us that Dr. Battle and her team are preparing them for a bright future,” explains Adolpho Birch, Titans Sr. Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. “We are excited to strengthen our long-standing relationship with MNPS and look forward to supporting its efforts through ONE Community.”

Other elements of the agreement include:

  • Support of literacy programs such as the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee, reading opportunities for students with Titans players and staff, book drives and donations, and other initiatives that promote reading and literacy skills among MNPS students.
  • Promotion of MNPS educators, students and programming through sponsorship of the Celebration of Schools and Students, opportunities for complimentary game tickets, game day spotlights, and attendance perks for students with exemplary attendance records

Vanderbilt Football Wins First SEC Matchup After 26-Game Losing Streak

Mike Wright. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

For the first time in three years, the Vanderbilt Commodores have won a game against an SEC rival with a 24-21 win over No. 24 Kentucky on Saturday (Nov. 12).

After staring off 3-1 this season, Vandy has lost five consecutive SEC games, including a close 17-14 loss to Missouri. However, this win over a ranked Kentucky team showed the resilience that head coach Clark Lea‘s team has.

Lea’s first season with the team was a forgettable one, with only two winning games the entire season. He has now doubled that and added a conference win to his growing resume.

Clark Lea. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

“There were opportunities for them to make assumptions about the outcome. We got behind late, but they just kept fighting. I think when you stay in the fight and you believe, good things happen. They were able to make it happen in the end,” an emotional Lea said in a postgame interview with SEC Network.

Senior quarterback Mike Wright had a great performance against the Wild Cats going 12 of 23 in passing for 184 yards with an interception,. He also ran for 126 yards, scoring a rushing and a passing touchdown.

The Commodores were down 21-17 with nearly five minutes left in the game when Wright led Vandy down the field to win the game. He completed a 40-yard pass to Quincy Skinner Jr. on fourth-and-11 to the Kentucky 9 yard line, setting up the winning score.

His performance against Kentucky won him a SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor.

“There’s going to be a lot to clean up but we like to learn from wins and I’m proud of Mike,” Lea added. “Mike’s had a tough year personally, but he’s fought through that, stayed with his teammates and prepared every week. He’s made some big plays for us this season, and he came up with a big one there at the end to connect with Will Sheppard. I thought he really did some nice things to keep us in the game early.” He continued, “I’m proud of all the guys. They earned that. It’s been a long run, and they earned it.”

The Commodores have just two games left this season staring with its matchup against Florida on Saturday, Nov. 19, followed by No.5 Tennessee on No. 26. Both games will be at FirstBank Stadium.

Nashville Voices: Tennessee Titans’ Mike Keith

It is hard to become synonymous with a team as a broadcaster. Similarly, it can be hard for many play-by-play announcers to build a career in just one place with one team, but the select few who can become legends–synonymous with the team.

It is impossible to think about the Tennessee Titans and their history without the brilliance of Mike Keith.

Keith’s calls each week have become must-listen, even when you’re watching the game on TV. Not many people know the team and its history as well as he does.

Since the Houston Oiler made the move to Tennessee, he’s been there seeing the franchise grow in good times and in bad.

“I was very driven to get an opportunity with the team,” Keith shares with The Sports Credential. “I didn’t know play-by-play would be [my in] but it just sort of fell that way. It’s really kind of remarkable.”

His voice is unmistakable, from his classic lines like ‘Saaaaaaaack!’ to his blood rushing ‘Touchdown Titans!’ But how did the man behind the Music City Miracle call become the broadcaster we all know and love?

Mike Kieth at the 2022 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Keith had his awakening at a young age when his family took him to see a University of Tennessee football game in October of 1974. At the same time, his second grade class was doing mock news broadcasts where he and his classmates could pretend to be reporters and TV anchors. This was around the time Keith began listening to the legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster John Ward call Volunteer football games regularly.  Those things coming together sparked something, beginning a lifelong love affair with sports and broadcasting.

“Since all of that hit at the same time, I knew in second grade what I wanted to do,” Keith puts simply.

In high school, Keith was already getting his feet wet in the broadcasting realm. As he explains, people that went to school with him aren’t surprised to know what he’s doing for a living.

It’s hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life and it can be very intimating, but for Keith it was crystal clear.

“I was the lucky one who knew exactly what they wanted to very early on,” he shares. “When I went to the University of Tennessee, I was pretty singularly focused on being in broadcasting.”

Despite his love for football and being the Titans guy we now know him for, some of Keith’s first gigs were in baseball. He loved the sport and played it growing up. He did minor league baseball play-by-play when he was 19, and was the voice of Tennessee baseball for almost 10 years.

“I did a ton of high school football and junior varsity football at Tennessee when they had the occasional game. I certainly worked football when working for John Ward.” He continues, “I was around it, but I wouldn’t say I had a predisposition towards one sport over another. If I had to bet, I would’ve probably thought I’d become a basketball announcer.”

Keith did Lady Vols basketball for several years, filling in for Tennessee legend Bob Kesling. He thought this was going to be where he planted his feet in the early years of his career, but everything changed when WIVK, the Knoxville radio station he was working for, got the broadcasting rights for Oilers games after the franchise first moved to Tennessee.

“I sent the president of the company a letter saying, ‘I’m from Nashville and I love the NFL. I would love to be involved in that somehow some way,'” Keith recalls. “I never thought John Ward would quit at Tennessee and I thought Bob Kesling would get the job when Ward did retire. I was really looking for another opportunity and it came when the Oilers moved to Tennessee.”

When the Oilers came to town, they were winning a lot with a 29-8 record in their first two seasons in the Volunteer state. The newly named Titans went to the Super Bowl in just its third season of being in Tennessee, and Keith attributes this early success to the team’s longevity, as well as his.

“When you win, people give you the benefit of the doubt in a lot of different ways,” Keith explains. “The problem in the NFL is eventually you’re going to lose. Through those times where we won, particularly in the first five years, people got used to what we did. It gave us a chance to grow and there was a really positive sense because we were associated with Steve McNair, Eddie George and Jeff Fischer. That was just so lucky.

“I couldn’t have been more blessed. I don’t know if I’ve ever known a broadcaster who got more breaks than I did starting this thing off.”

In that early stretch, the Titans pulled off the Wild Card win against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium in 2000, which went on to be known as the Music City Miracle.

Arguably the greatest moment in Titans history, the Music City Miracle can also be placed pretty high in Tennessee sports history. Keith’s call has become part of NFL and broadcasting history, with most fans able to recite it word-for-word.

It was moments such as this that made Keith such an enormous part of the Titans identity.

However, Keith’s favorite game he’s called has been the Titans’ 2019 playoff win against the New England Patriots, marking the last game of the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era. The historical implications, as well as seeing the reaction from the fans, are why this tops Keith’s list.

“To be there that night, have our team do that and know we did it [was indescribable0,” Keith remembers. “[Gillet Stadium] was the same place that just 10 years earlier we had lost 59-0. There was a lot of satisfaction that night, and I’ll never forget seeing the Titans fans and how excited they were. The moments that we’ve had where I’ve gotten to see that reaction from our fanbase are the things that stick out.”

In July of 2022, Keith was recognized for his brilliance with an induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Looking back at his career thus far, it’s hard to not think about his experiences at the University of Tennessee and his work with John Ward, which he notes has made him into the man he is.

“He meant a lot to me, both personally and professionally, in the business. I worked with him for 11 years,” Keith notes. “He broke me down when I was in college because I thought I was better than I was. As I got older, he built me back up and showed me a lot respect and confidence. I learned a lot about his professionalism and preparation, and I followed him to learn how it should be done. His approach was to tell a story of a game, and the story of the game is about players, coaches, teams, schools and the places where you are.

“There are all these things that John would craft into this story, and that’s what it comes down to. You hear a lot of people in various types of media say, ‘I just want to tell stories,'” he continues. “I get it, but the older folks in the business really told stories and brought you there. John wanted to make you feel like you were sitting right there and he was so good at that.”

Mike Keith being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Since Ward’s work was primarily in radio, he learned to make the experience so much more vivid to the fan who couldn’t watch the game. Keith has carried on that brilliance as one of the best radio announcers in the country.

“When we’re doing what we do, the game is on TV,” Keith says. “If you’re sitting there watching the game on TV, I’m very appreciative if you’re also listening to our broadcast but I’m not assuming that you are. My mindset is to think about the people who are listening because they can’t watch it. I want to take what John taught me about how you make people see it even when they cant see it and tell that story. That’s what he was really brilliant at and that’s what I strive towards.”

Through it all, the things that touch Keith the most are seeing the reaction and passion from the Titans fans week in and week out. As a Franklin native and obvious football fan, there is nothing more satisfying that seeing fans go nuts after a crazy play or a game-winning field goal.

“Seeing the fans after the Music City Miracle play or seeing our fans after we won a playoff game is just the best,” he notes. “I didn’t have a team growing up in Franklin to support locally, and everyone followed national teams. Knowing that people have grown up with this franchise, had these fabulous moments, and knowing that we’ve been a small part as the soundtrack of them… it’s other worldly in terms of the appreciation that I have for that.

“I don’t ever get tired of doing this because I feel so fortunate that this has happened. I could’ve never seen it coming, especially growing up here.”

With so much change over the past two decades in Nashville and with the Titans, and with even more change surely on the way, Keith has been a constant for so many fans and Nashvillians.

With no sign of slowing down, Keith will continue to be the voice of the Titans and one of their proudest employees until he can’t anymore.

“I’d like to do this for another 50 years. I’d like to do it going into my 80’s,” Keith says with a grin. “As long as they’ll have me, I’d like to stay.”

Vanderbilt Assistant Football Coach Takes ‘Step Back’ After Pro-Kanye West Tweet

Vanderbilt defensive back football coach Dan Jackson has announced he’s taking a “step back” from the team after backlash regarding a pro-Kanye West tweet earlier this week.

West has been under fire this past month and has lost major sponsors over antisemitic comments made on social media and in interviews. His comments led the the suspension of both his Twitter and Instagram.

Jackson posted support on social media for West, stating that he is “two steps ahead of everyone else.” He has since deleted the post and issued an apology where he says, “To be clear, antisemitism has no place in our society, and I reject all forms of hate.”

Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee made a statement regarding Jackson’s post and said that there will be an internal review regarding the situation.

The statement reads:

“There have been several questions and concerns expressed about a recent comment made by our defensive backs coach, Dan Jackson, on social media. As a department we understand and hear very clearly how this situation has impacted members of our community and those outside of Vanderbilt. Our internal review of the matter began immediately over the weekend, and I now want to provide an update.

“To be clear, Vanderbilt rejects antisemitism, racism and discrimination in all its forms. Consistent with Vanderbilt’s process for addressing reports of discrimination, the matter has now been referred to our Equal Opportunity and Access office for review. It is important the university follow its standard process and conduct a thorough review of the complexities of this incident. Coach Jackson and I have agreed that he will step back from his responsibilities with the team during the Equal Opportunity and Access office’s review.”

Head coach Clark Lea also made a statement regarding Jackson, saying, “It is important the university follow its standard process and conduct a thorough review of the complexities of this incident.”

Derrick Henry, Ryan Stonehouse Earn Player Of The Month Honors

Derrick Henry. Photo: by Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

After a fantastic October, Derrick Henry has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Henry rushed for 563 yards (140.8 per game) with five touchdowns in four games during the month of October and added nine receptions for 82 yards. His 563 rushing yards are the most in the NFL since Week 4. Henry was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against the Texans, rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as Tennessee won 17-10.  It was the most rushing yards by a player in a game this season. It marked Henry’s sixth career game with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, the most in NFL history.

This is the third Offensive Player of the Month award for Henry (December, 2018 and October, 2020), the most in franchise history. He becomes the first running back since Todd Gurley to win the award three times.

So far this season, Henry has rushed for 755 yards in 166 attempts, third most in the NFL. He has seven touchdowns and 35 rushing first downs.

Along with Henry, Titans punter Ryan Stonehouse was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.

Stonehouse recorded 20 punts with an average of 51.7 yards per punt (45.0 net average), both the highest marks in the AFC during the month of October. Eight of his 20 punts were pinned inside the 20-yard line.

This is the first Special Teams Player of the Month award for Stonehouse, and he becomes the first Titans player to earn the award since kicker Stephen Gostkowski (September, 2020). Stonehouse is the first Colorado State alumni to earn the honor.

Tennessee Titans, The Dairy Alliance Award $10,000 To Murfreesboro City Schools

Titans defensive back Amani Hooker with T-Rac and a Titans cheerleader at Black Fox Elementary. Photo: Cameron Faulkner/Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans, along with The Dairy Alliance, awarded a $10,000 grant for Murfreesboro City Schools to support initiatives in health and wellness. The grant is intended to assist the school district in promoting healthy eating and physical activity at several schools in the Murfreesboro City Schools district.

“For 15 years, The Dairy Alliance has championed health and wellness initiatives in our communities, especially by emphasizing the importance of nutrition for children and teens,” says Joan Benton, Manager of Business Development for The Dairy Alliance. “Joining hands with the Tennessee Titans continues to be a perfect way for us to amplify this mission and support more schools in our community.”

Students of Black Fox Elementary. Photo: Cameron Faulkner/Tennessee Titans

To honor this occasion, the Titans teamed up with The Dairy Alliance, providing an event at Black Fox Elementary School motivating kids to be active and eat healthy.

Titans mascot T-Rac shared his special School Show with the kids and offered tips on how to stay healthy. Titans Defensive Back Amani Hooker surprised students and offered advice and emphasis on the importance of physical activity.

The program walks students through a variety of activities, including “Minute to Win It” games, trivia contests, and a special speech from former Titans players about healthy choices and being a successful athlete. The initiative aims to educate students on ways to fuel up with healthy foods, such as dairy, and be active for 60 minutes a day.

Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) is a leading national, in-school health and wellness program launched by the NFL and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the USDA. It is administered in the southeast, including the Tennessee Titans market, by The Dairy Alliance.

Titans mascot T-Rac at Black Fox Elementary. Photo: Cameron Faulkner/Tennessee Titans

Since its launch in 2009, more than 73,000 schools have enrolled in the program–accounting for three fourths of all schools in the United States–with the potential to reach more than 38 million kids. About a third of these schools are in large urban areas, where most at-risk kids reside and who have the most to gain from programs like FUTP 60. The program is offered to all schools with students in grades K-12 at no cost.

Nashville Voices: Vanderbilt’s Andrew Allegretta

College football is in full swing and fans all around the country are tuning into games every Saturday as the voices behind our favorite teams continue to be so important to the identity to the team.

Vanderbilt’s Director of Radio Broadcasting Andrew Allegretta has been filling that job as the play-by-play voice for Commodore football and baseball since 2021.

Andrew Allegretta. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

“Through individual experiences, what I saw, what I felt and what I was comfortable with, I gravitated to the play-by-play side of things,” he shared with The Sports Credential.

Allegretta’s passion for sports and sports broadcasting specifically, began when he was young. In middle school his passions grew with watching games and ESPN’s SportsCenter.

“I think I knew I had a bit of an interest for it at a young age,” he recalls. “About the time I was in seventh grade, it peaked my interest just by watching ESPN, SportsCenter and watching and listening to games. There was a gravitational pull there.”

It was in high school when he was looking at colleges that this passion began to formulate and narrow down into something that he could see as a possible career path. He went on to attend Syracuse, one of the top broadcasting schools in the country that has produced numerous sportscasters such as Bob Costas, Mike Tirico and many more.

“I loved my time at Syracuse. Not just from a broadcasting standpoint, but because I met some of my best friends there,” he explains. “It’s hard to ignore Syracuse’s history and tradition within the broadcasting realm. I didn’t know it to the depths then that I do now, but I knew it enough to say to myself, ‘This is something you need to take pretty seriously.’ I’m certainly glad that I did.”

At Syracuse, he worked with the radio station Z98 which had a history of being the starting point for so many broadcasters, including Sean McDonough and Marv Albert. It was here where he began to focus on the play-by-play side of the sports broadcasting world.

“Just being in that environment really motivated me, grabbed my attention and sparked my passion,” Allegretta shares. “I loved being around the game, the performance of calling the game, and working with my classmates to produce those games. I fed off the energy of it.”

After graduating from Syracuse in 2010, he got a job–which was more of an internship, according to Allegretta–with the Walla Walla Sweets, a summer league baseball team in Walla Walla, Washington.

Being a native of Maine and going to school in New York, the Walla Walla Sweets were an opportunity go to the West Coast. This began his journey of traveling and working throughout different parts of the country, resulting in his growth as both a person and as a broadcaster.

Vanderbilt football stadium. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics/Daniel Dubois

“Being on the West Coast was really valuable for me,” he notes. “I think one of the really neat things about my personal journey is that I’ve been able to travel the country and live in different part of the country. From a totally non-broadcasting standpoint, I do think that has helped me understand people from everywhere in America.”

After a summer with the Sweets, he spent time with Charleston Southern University doing play-by-play for their football and men’s basketball teams. In 2011, he got a job with Virginia Tech’s athletic department where he spent eight years.

“That was a really big grounding force for me to get in with a Power 5 school and really learn what it’s all about to be the voice of a team, a voice of a program and what it means to work within an athletic department,” he notes.

Allegretta went on to be the Director of Broadcasting for Digital Media and Olympic sports at Virginia Tech. He also served as sideline reporter and pre/post-game host for football broadcasts, as well as play-by-play broadcaster for the Hokies’ women’s basketball and baseball teams. Additionally, he anchored coverage of VT Olympic sports broadcasts on the university’s digital platforms.

Will Sheppard. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

In 2018, he was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) in as Sportscaster of the Year for the state of Virginia.

When first getting into broadcasting he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go down the path of college athletics or professional. However, his work for Syracuse really paved the way for his successful career in the world of college sports.

“It was just the way it unfolded for me,” Allegretta notes. “I kept moving toward college athletics and the voice of the team side of things, which I’m really thankful for. I think it suits who I am personally–trying to be part of a community and getting to know people.”

In 2019, Allegretta moved from Virginia Tech to Tulane where he was named Director of Broadcasting. In 2021, he made another move to Nashville to become Vanderbilt Athletics’ Director of Broadcasting. The 2022 effort marks his first full season with the Commodores.

“For me, personally, Vanderbilt is the No. 1 job in the country,” Allegretta offers. “My nature desires to be in and around collegiate athletics, in a community and to build that continuity of the fanbase, the players and coaches over the course of time.

“Now, from Tulane to Vanderbilt, I get to do it in the SEC–the best collegiate athletic conference in the country–at a place that has won two baseball national championships. They have all of this energy around it to push it forward with what [Vandy’s Athletic Director] Candice Storey-Lee is doing now.”

It was a really easy move for Allegretta as he saw the job at Vanderbilt as the crown jewel to move into the SEC and a growing athletic department. It was also a personal move, though, as his wife has family here.

“It’s hard to beat an opportunity like this, personally. It’s not going to be everybody’s No. 1 job in the country but, for me, it is.”

Being with Vanderbilt for just one year, Allegretta has had a lot of fun calling Clark Lea‘s first season as Vandy’s football coahc, as well as being a part of the Vandy Boys great baseball season. He’s also felt the freedom to create and try to take Vandy to new level.

“It’s really just a cauldron of energy and creativity and I’ve had fun with it,” he shares. “I get the true fortune of working with people who are passionate about Vanderbilt and who know the history and legacy. Whether its Kevin Ingram coming in and being our sideline reporter for football games, or our color commentator Norm Jordan who played here in the 1980’s, I’ve got a crew that is really fun to work with.”

As the Director of Broadcasting and the lead football voice, there can be a lot of preparation involved. Allegretta is very meticulous about the prep he and his team do on game day, doing a lot of work throughout the week to try and make every aspect the best. From the pregame, to the tailgate show, to the Monday night show, it’s a bigger process than just putting on his headset and calling a game.

Vandy United rendering

“There are a lot of layers to it that are more than filling in the data, putting it into a chart and saying it into a headset,” he explains. “It’s more like how can I make sure that the engineer who’s running our broadcast has all of the technical stuff that he needs? I try to be a positive force in every aspect of our operation.”

Allegretta is really looking forward to continuing to develop the relationship between the fans. He knows it takes time and is an uphill battle, but it’s something that is really important to him. He’s also really excited about how the Vandy United upgrades will continue to unfold.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to continue getting to know the fanbase here at Vanderbilt. It means a lot to me,” he shares. “On a macro level, I’m excited for people to get out here and to slowly start to see the physical fruits of our labor around here, like the physical construction. I know its a long time coming for people to see this place really take significant strides with its facilities and on a very real level.

“I think we’re all understanding of what Vanderbilt is trying to do and the fact that we’re all in that moment together is a fun moment to be at Vanderbilt,” he sums.