Vanderbilt athletics, at times, seems to be the target of ridicule within the SEC. A lot of this has to do with the size of the student body-even if every single Vanderbilt student and grad student showed up, we couldn't fill our own basketball arena. Compare this to the big state schools of the SEC, which are several times bigger and have tons of alumni within 20 minutes of their school.
There are some of us, however, that take pride in our football team despite its poor showing. Nearly 100 percent of our football players graduated, and none of our programs have ever been on probation. In contrast to some other schools that have scandals and controversial issues, Vanderbilt has steared clear of cheating or other questionable activities. Many students though, would be satisfied having their alma mater remain the loveable and respectable underdog.