'History of the Vanderbilt Commodores Football Team'

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The story of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team goes all the way back to the late 1800s.  It was in 1873 that Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt led the founding of Vanderbilt University.  He led it by donating one million dollars, which was a very large sum at that time.  That is, in fact, how the university as well as the football team got its name.  It was only about seventeen years later, in 1890, that the Commodores played their first football game against the University of Nashville.  Just a few years later, in 1894, Vanderbilt would join seven other teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which no longer exists.  They moved to the SEC in 1932, and they are still in that conference today.

Since joining the SEC in 1932, the Vanderbilt Commodores have created a few rivalries.  One of their biggest rivals is the University of Tennessee.  There really is only one reason for this rivalry, and that reason is that both schools are in the state of Tennessee.  Another big rival for the Commodores is Ole Miss.  Ole Miss and Vanderbilt face each other every single year as they are permanent cross-division opponents in the SEC.

There is a lot of tradition associated with the Vanderbilt Commodores.  Their fight song is called 'Dynamite'.  This fight song is really great, because it was written by a Vanderbilt student in 1924 named Francis Craig.  The whole song is about how the fans are very supportive and how the team plays really hard.  There is also a chant that goes 'who ya wit?' that is sort of the battle cry of the Commodores.  This phrase is shouted, and it is usually shouted with the response of 'V, U!' for Vanderbilt University.

The Vanderbilt Commodores have had a mix of success and some failures during their time on the football field.  They have won over 550 games, but they have also lost over 550 games.  They have never won a national title, and they have also never won an SEC title.  However, the school has had many great football players go through their program, such as NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, and the football team is on its way up.


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