Vanderbilt Builds a Wall to Celebrate Win Over Vols

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.