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History-making Fuller invited to inauguration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power 5 conference football game, says she has been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller posted Sunday on social media.......

From Lane to Dabo to Tom Herman’s favorite app: College football’s quotes of the year

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It began with Joe Burrow, Coach O and an unprecedented LSU run that made college football history, and 2020 ended on an even more unprecedented historical note. In between, a global pandemic threatened the entire sport and exposed rifts and power imbalances across its landscape. This was a year of......

Vanderbilt hires Notre Dame’s Lea as new coach

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Vanderbilt has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea as its new head football coach, the school announced Monday night. Lea, a Nashville native who finished his college career as a fullback at Vanderbilt, is expected to be introduced next week. He will continue working with No. 2 Notre Dame,......

Sources: Vandy zeroes in on ND’s Lea for coach

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Vanderbilt has zeroed in on Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea as its top target to become the Commodores’ next football coach and hopes to finalize a deal within the next day, sources told ESPN. Lea, 38, oversees a Notre Dame defense ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense (17.1 points......

Vandy PK Fuller first woman to score in Power 5

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Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power 5 football game when she kicked an extra point in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Fuller, a senior, made history when she booted the point-after following Ken Seals’ 18-yard touchdown to Cam Johnson with 1:50......

Hey! Former CFP contender Oregon!? Welcome to The Bottom 10

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[Editor’s note: College football’s regular season is almost over. We think. But as the season-long Bottom 10 contenders are wrapping up their campaigns, a late charge is coming from the Power 5 likes of the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.] Inspirational thought of the week You breathe new lifeInto......

Sarah Fuller’s impact goes beyond a historic kick (or two) in a college football game

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College football Saturdays in the middle of a pandemic have tended to all run together, but the morning started differently last weekend. Over breakfast, I told my two daughters that Sarah Fuller had a chance to make history at Vanderbilt. I did not have to explain why. Their eyes went......

Vandy-Georgia moved to Dec. 19 due to virus

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Georgia‘s scheduled game against Vanderbilt on Saturday has been postponed to Dec. 19 because of COVID-19 cases, contact tracing issues, injuries and opt-outs within the Commodores football program. The game was scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The contest will be made......

The lack of Black college football coaches is still glaring, and so are the excuses behind it

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I began covering college football in 1987. Nick Saban wouldn’t be a head coach for another three years. Mack Brown had 11 career victories. The first story I wrote about the lack of racial diversity among major college football head coaches ran in 1992. The number of Black head coaches......

Cancellations, upsets and the Pillow Fight of the Week make The Bottom 10 all about the Big Ten

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[Editor’s note: Some Bottom 10 teams have wrapped up their seasons, while others still have a month to play. Meanwhile, the Big Ten is somewhere in between, thanks to everyone from Ohio State and Northwestern to Michigan and Penn State.] Inspirational thought of the week: Hey Spike, you’re scarin’ my......

Fuller set to kick again after breaking barrier

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Sarah Fuller is expected to continue as Vanderbilt’s place-kicker on Saturday against Georgia. Last weekend Fuller became the first woman to play for a Power 5 team game when she delivered the second-half kickoff against Missouri — a designed squib kick that was downed without a return at the 35-yard......

‘This was never an easy path’: Sarah Fuller and the winding road to two-sport immortality

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Soccer practice was dragging one morning last spring when Vanderbilt assistant coach Kelly Keelan tried something different to break up the monotony. While the rest of the team practiced on the football field in the indoor facility, she gathered goalkeepers Sarah Fuller and Sophie Guilmette near the end zone. 2......

Winless Vanderbilt dismisses Mason as coach

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Vanderbilt fired football coach Derek Mason on Sunday, one day after a 41-0 loss at Missouri dropped the Commodores’ record to 0-8. Mason had a 27-55 record in his sixth season at Vanderbilt. He is the sixth-winningest coach in program history and only the second to lead the Commodores to......

Fuller hopes for another chance to kick for Vandy

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Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller says she plans to stay with the football team as long as it will have her, even after the other kickers on the roster clear coronavirus protocols and return to practice. On Saturday, Fuller became the first woman to play for a Power 5 football team......

Sarah Fuller and Jaret Patterson lead history-making, record-breaking rivalry weekend

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In normal times, Saturday would have been the finale of the regular season, a chance for divisional powers to secure a spot in a conference championship game or for in-state rivals to afford their fan base license to jeer their neighbors in grocery stores, churches and office cubicles for the......

Photos: Sarah Fuller making college football history

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4:28 PM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Sarah Fuller made history on Saturday when she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game when she made the second half kickoff between Vanderbilt and Missouri. Here is a look at the photos......

Vandy’s Sarah Fuller makes history with kickoff

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Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game on Saturday when she delivered the opening kickoff of the second half for Vanderbilt against Missouri. Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s SEC championship soccer team, sent the low kick to the 35-yard line where it......

Sports world reacts to Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller making history

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2:11 PM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller has made history. On Saturday, when she kicked off for the Commodores in the second half of their game against Missouri, she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game. Vanderbilt had a grad transfer kicker opt......

Vandy weighs using female soccer player to kick

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Vanderbilt football, which finds itself in need of a place-kicker, could turn to women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller. Appearing on 102.5 The Game in Nashville on Wednesday, coach Derek Mason confirmed that Fuller “is an option for us.” Student newspaper The Vanderbilt Hustler first reported that Fuller practiced with the......

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