Commodores At Music City Bowl, New Years Eve

“Hands Together”

Photo Courtesy, Vanderbilt Athletic’s

By Betsy Thorpe

On December 7, 2008 the Vanderbilt Commodores accepted an invitation to take on the Boston College Eagles in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, marking the teams first appearance in a post-season bowl game in twenty six years. In 1982 the Commodores faced the Air Force Falcons at the Hall of Fame Classic in Birmingham Alabama.

The eleventh annual Gaylord Hotel Music City Bowl game will take place at Nashville’s LP Field on Wednesday December 31, 2008. Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (615) 322-GOLD.


“We’re beginning to see the results of the hard work everybody has put in as we build this program the right way, building on a foundation intended to continue for years to come. I expect to see more of the things we witnessed this season in future years.”
Head Coach Bobby Johnson
Vanderbilt University
Nashville Tennessee

“We are very excited not only about the opportunity for our team to play in a bowl game but also for our university and our city to come together in this great event. We will show how a team and a city work together to put on a great show.”
David Williams II, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Student Athletics
Vanderbilt University
Nashville Tennessee

“I would like to say on behalf of our team we are extremely excited about being able to play in this bowl. Normally at this time we are working on getting ready for next year but this year we are still finishing out this season, so this is exciting. We have had a couple of practices lately and the team is practicing hard and trying to get healthy.”

Starting safety and Commodore co-captain Reshard Langford
Vanderbilt University
Nashville Tennessee

“I think it is fantastic that Vanderbilt is playing in the Music City Bowl. For one thing , it will bring awareness to the fact the team can play ball and make the grade. I have several advisees that are very smart individuals, who keep incredible schedules to maintain their grades and perform in their respective field.”
Tony L. Jenkins
Former Vanderbilt Student
Graduate Assistant, Valdosta State University, advisor student athletes
Student Success Center
Valdosta Georgia

“As a long time supporter of Vanderbilt sports I am exited that our Commodores football team will be playing in the Music City Bowl in front of a hometown crowd. This will be a golden opportunity for local supporters to see their team in post season action and for Vanderbilt alumni to return to Nashville to watch the team play in a bowl game for the first time in quite some time.”
Terry Coats
Goodlettsville Tennessee

“The bowl game will give U.T. fans a chance to come and out and support Vanderbilt and an opportunity for Tennessee fans to witness vindication for the Vols loss to Boston in the Sugar Bowl of 1941.”

Colonel Dixon Green
Retired Air Force Colonel
Belle Meade Tennessee

“I think the bowl is good for the city and I think we should all come out and support the Commodores.”
Gaylon Rich
Retired Titans Usher
Huntingdon Tennessee

“Vanderbilt has not had a winning season in football nor a bowl bid since 1982. The 2008 Commodores at 6-6 could still be in a bowl game with a losing season. However, during the last few years under the leadership of Coach Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt has placed several players on the All-SEC team which has not occurred in many years. The Music City Bowl game will give notice to SEC members and recruits that Vanderbilt football will compete against any team in the SEC and the country. They are on the edge of doing some great things in the future.”

Bill Traughber
Vanderbilt Sports Historian
Nashville Tennessee

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