VandyMania welcomes back Bill Trocchi

VandyMania is pleased to announce that Bill Trocchi, formerly known as half of the popular publishing/writing team which produced <i>The Commodore Report</i>, has rejoined the VandyMania staff as writer for men's basketball. Currently employed by Athlon Sports, Inc. as a writer and online editor, Trocchi also covers Vanderbilt football and men's basketball home games for Associated Press.

VandyMania is pleased to announce that Bill Trocchi, formerly known as half of the popular publishing/writing team which produced The Commodore Report, has rejoined the VandyMania staff as writer for men's basketball. Currently employed by Athlon Sports, Inc. as a writer and online editor, Trocchi also covers Vanderbilt football and men's basketball home games for Associated Press.

Trocchi, whose insightful articles on Vanderbilt sports appeared on this site from 1999-2001 when The Commodore Report and VandyMania were a merged entity, said he is looking forward to returning to VandyMania, as well as covering Kevin Stallings' Commodores in what should be a pivotal season.

"They should be a lot of fun to watch this year," said Trocchi. "The league overall is down a little bit. It's probably hard to project Vanderbilt higher than fourth or fifth in the East after the last few years, but if ever there was a year when the league is a little bit vulnerable, this is it.

"And it's a good year to have the potential SEC Player of the Year [Matt Freije] on your team. The non-conference slate looks like Vandy should be able to do pretty well at home-- then you kind of re-evaluate things in January and see how everyone else is doing, and go from there."

Vanderbilt opens the season vs. nearby Belmont University Friday evening at 7 p.m., in the first game ever in the Bruins' brand new Curb Event Center.

Trocchi will cover the men's team's home games (as well as Friday's "road" opener vs. Belmont), while veteran staff writer Brent Wiseman will cover the team's out-of-town games. David Vorhaus will contribute occasional articles from the fan perspective, while L. V. "VeeMan" Davis will continue providing in-depth scouting reports on each of Vandy's opponents.

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