First, Vanderbilt enshrined head coach Derek Mason’s vest. Now they’ve built a wall.
Vanderbilt pulled off a 45-34 upset over the Vols to end the 2016 regular season, giving the Commodores a 6-6 record and their third victory over Tennessee in the last five years. And nearly two months after that victory, the Commodores are still celebrating.
According to a picture tweeted out by Jason Grooms, Vanderbilt’s Assistant Athletics Director for Football, Vanderbilt has erected a wall in their facility to commemorate the 2016 victory over Tennessee. And featured on that wall is a huge Tennessee Power T.
— Jason Grooms (@AnchorDownOps) January 19, 2017
Commemorating the victory with a wall fixture is one thing. Putting up a giant Power T inside a Vanderbilt facility is another.
This isn’t the first thing Vanderbilt has done to mark this particular victory over the Vols. Shortly after the win, Vanderbilt enshrined head football coach Derek Mason’s vest he wore during that victory.
Vandy put Derek Mason’s vest he was wearing when they beat us on display.. Looks permanent. Pitiful. 6 wins= natty title to vandy pic.twitter.com/vgvQTPnq8w
— Josh Lloyd (@JLlo03) November 30, 2016
The university also sold official replica vests to fans for a whopping $199.
Vanderbilt went on to lose to North Carolina Sate by a score of 41-17 in the Independence Bowl the day after Christmas.