Vandy Lance speaks out on 4 dismissals

The Gold phone rang again late last night at VandyMania. Knowing it was probably Vandy Lance, I scurried to find my voice recorder. Sure enough, after answering I heard that friendly Southern drawl coming through my phone. It was Lance and he had some things to say about the continuing saga of the four players who have been dismissed from Vanderbilt for what has been reported as sex crimes.

The Gold phone rang again late last night. Knowing it was probably Vandy Lance, I scurried to find my voice recorder. Sure enough, after answering I heard that friendly Southern drawl coming through my phone. It was Lance and he had some things to say about the continuing saga of the four players who have been dismissed from Vanderbilt University for what has been reported as alleged sex crimes.

Firstly Vandy Lance spoke about the players who have been dismissed.
It just doesn't matter [who they are]. They are not kids; you're 18 years old, you become an adult and you ought to know better. We have some kids who have misbehaved and to the extent where the law has to be involved- they need to be punished. They are no better than an ole Antioch High School 1977 graduate UPS driver. If something comes out, kind of like the Duke Lacrosse team thing, I'm right here by their side. That tells you exactly how much that I know, but it just doesn't matter because, let me tell you something, Vanderbilt evidently had some kind of evidence to take charge and kick these boys out of school. I admire Vanderbilt for doing that. They weren't going to have to run the stadium steps and have to sit out the first game against Northwest or Southeast U. They got kicked out of school and they'd better hope that they don't go to prison. I'm serious.
Lance then had a word for opposing SEC fans that seem to take joy in the unfortunate situation on West End.
If you have someone that wants to bring it up to you, let's say from any other SEC school, like I had a couple that dared to do that with me. I said "Now you don't really want to go there do you? You don't want to really, really match police records over the last 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years do you?" Do you really want to go there? We are not perfect and we've never claimed to be perfect but we try to be and if something gets in the way of that I don't care if you are the starting quarterback or the fourth string punter you are going to be treated the same way.
The Antioch High School grad and longtime Commodore rooter then extolled the value of the Vanderbilt education that the four players have apparently thrown away.
Vanderbilt is a school of higher education first and foremost. If you are fortunate enough to have the athletic ability to get your scholarship at about $60,000 a year paid for I'm all for you and that's why I root for you. Because if you come from a community, I'm going to pick Antioch, and go through Vanderbilt for four years and come back and better your community and be a leader with your community. I've seen it happen and that's why I'm a Vanderbilt fan.
Lance then had some final thoughts for Vandy supporters as the situation progresses.
So let's let this all play out. One things for sure Don Yates, for all those kids that have behaved themselves and those coaches [in all sports] are still out there getting great verbal commitments from people in the community to come to Vanderbilt University. Man, I'm rooting them on! That's my boys and girls. That's who we've got to root for. We've got to look forward to the next football game and that's Ole Miss and not sweat over the things that we have no control over whatsoever.
NOTE: In August of 2010 Lance Smith was named by ESPN as one of college football's top 20 super fans from around the country.

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