The date switch was accepted by Vanderbilt after officials from both the MAC and SEC approached the school, Commodore Director of Sport Operations Brian Reese said. Reese oversees the operation of Vanderbilt's football program.
"This decision is intended to benefit the MAC and its members," Reese said. "As the newest member of the MAC, Temple and the conference were having difficulty completing their composite schedule for next year. Since Temple and Kent State are our common opponents, and therefore it's not about losing a date, we tried to be as helpful as you could to all parties."
The Commodores will continue to host six home games during the 2006 season following the action. After opening the season with road games at Michigan and Alabama, the Commodores will play consecutive home games against Arkansas on Sept. 16, Tennessee State on Sept. 23, and Temple, Sept. 30. In the second half of the season, the Commodores will also host Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 21, the Florida Gators on Nov. 4, and the Tennessee Volunteers on Nov. 18.
Vanderbilt and Temple have met once previously, though the encounter came before World War II. In 1935, one year after the retirement of legendary Vanderbilt head coach Dan McGugin, Temple defeated the Commodores 6-3 on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The powerful Owls were coached by a future Hall of Famer, Pop Warner.
2006 Vanderbilt Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Sept. 2 Michigan (ESPN) Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sept. 9 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Sept. 16 Arkansas Nashville
Sept. 23 Tennessee State Nashville
Sept. 30 Temple Nashville
Oct. 7 Ole Miss Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 14 Georgia Athens, Ga.
Oct. 21 South Carolina Nashville
Oct. 28 Duke Durham, N.C.
Nov. 4 Florida Nashville
Nov. 11 Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 18 Tennessee Nashville