Mizzou Moves To The SEC: Bring On The Smart Kids!

NASHVILLE TN - FEBRUARY 12: Global view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Kentucky Wildcats at Memorial Gym on February 12 2011 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Note from Bill C.: it is indeed Vandy Week, whether you believe it or not. Here's your all-sports report, with football coming later in the day. Now I'll hand the mic to The Beef.

Judging solely from the title, you can tell I may have a preconceived notion about the state of Vandy sports as we get ready to tackle the 'Dores. However, almost right away, you can see from their Learfield standing they are certainly no slouch in the SEC and pretty damn close to where Mizzou currently stands. How well do they really stand up in conference? Let's take a look at the Vanderbilt Commodores.

As always, we will review the last three years of records for each of the sports which Mizzou will be bringing to the SEC starting in July, along with the Mizzou results over the same time span (in bold and italics). Let's get to it, starting with the fall sports (season listed is year in which the sport completed so fall sports will be a calendar year behind):

Overall Learfield Cup Standings: 2009-10 (49th) - 59th, 2010-11 (41st) - 56th, 2011-12 (49th) - 51st

Women's Soccer:

  • 2009 (13-6-3/7-1-2, B12 Regular Season Champs (1st) - 11-8-1 overall, 5-6 in SEC
  • 2010 (7-10-2/5-5) - 8-10-2 overall, 4-5-2 in SEC
  • 2011 (12-8-1/3-5-0) - 8-11 overall, 2-9 in SEC

Women's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (7th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 6th in SEC, 5th in NCAA South Regionals
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 12th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 3rd in SEC, 3rd in NCAA South Regionals
  • 2011 (4th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - SEC Champions (first), 2nd in NCAA South Regional, 6th in NCAA Championships

Men's Cross Country:

  • 2009 (T-8th in B12, 11th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 10th in SEC, 22nd in NCAA South Regionals
  • 2010 (11th in B12, 18th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 11th in SEC, 14th in NCAA South Regionals
  • 2011 (6th in B12, 7th in NCAA Midwest Regional) - 11th in SEC, 20th in NCAA South Regionals

Women's Volleyball: (Does not compete)

Women's Indoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 12th in SEC
  • 2011 (12th in B12) - 11th in SEC
  • 2012 (10th in B12) - 11th in SEC

Men's Indoor Track: (Does not compete)

Women's Gymnastics: (Does not compete)

Women's Basketball:

  • 2010 (12-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 23-11 overall, 9-7 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2011 (13-18 overall, 5-11 in B12) - 20-12 overall, 10-6 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2012 (13-18 overall, 2-14 in B12) - 23-10 overall, 9-7 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Swimming and Diving:

  • 2010 (3rd in B12, t-42nd in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC
  • 2011 (3rd in B12, 23rd in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC
  • 2012 (3rd in B12, 14th in NCAA Championships) - 10th in SEC

Men's Swimming and Diving: (Does not compete)

Women's Outdoor Track:

  • 2010 (10th in B12) - 12th in SEC
  • 2011 (11th in B12) - 12th in SEC
  • 2012 (7th in B12, t-40th in NCAA Championships) - 11th in SEC

Men's Outdoor Track: (Does not compete)

Women's Tennis:

  • 2010 (6-17 overall, 1-10 in B12) - 14-9 overall, 7-4 in SEC, eliminated in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
  • 2011 (11-9 overall, 4-6 in B12) - 17-9 overall, 7-4 in SEC, eliminated in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
  • 2012 (11-12 overall, 2-7 in B12, ranked #47 at last match) - 15-8 overall, 7-4 in SEC, eliminated in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

Women's Golf:

  • 2010 (7th in B12) - 2nd in SEC, 7th in NCAA Championships
  • 2011 (3rd in B12) - 7th in SEC, t-10th in NCAA Championships
  • 2012 (9th in B12) - 8th in SEC, 11th in NCAA Championships

Men's Golf:

  • 2010 (11th in B12, 10th in NCAA Regionals) - 10th in SEC, 12th in NCAA Regional
  • 2011 (5th in B12, 6th in NCAA Regionals) - 12th in SEC
  • 2012 (8th in B12) - 9th in SEC (Coaching change at end of season)

Softball: (Does not compete)

Baseball:

  • 2010 (29-26 overall, 10-16 in B12) - 46-20 overall, 16-12 in SEC, eliminated in NCAA Super Regionals
  • 2011 (27-32 overall, 12-15 in B12) - 54-12 overall, 22-8 in SEC (share of SEC title, first since 2007, could not find how many all-time), eliminated in CWS (1st appearance)
  • 2012 (32-28 overall, 9-14 in B12, B12 Tournament Champions (first), eliminated in NCAA Regionals) - 35-28 overall, 16-14 in SEC, eliminated in NCAA Regionals

Summary:

Yes, there are a LOT of sports Vandy is missing as compared to Mizzou. They do have a men's tennis team, along with women's bowling and lacrosse to make up some of the difference, but I cannot say I am aware of that interesting an assortment of athletic programs anywhere else. Nonetheless, what Vandy does have on the comparable side, they seem to do pretty well in. I did not take the time to look up their finish in their other sports, but something tells me they do pretty well in them. However, women's cross country seems to be on the rise, women's basketball and golf are steady and baseball had a nice spike just a couple of years ago. Add that to football and basketball and you have a program that probably sneaks up on some folks.

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