Stallings shows his temper in Vanderbilt victory

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:04pm

Sheldon Jeter’s career night wasn’t complete.

After scoring a personal-best 14 points in a 64-50 victory over William & Mary on Wednesday night, Vanderbilt’s freshman forward got a front-row seat for Kevin Stallings fireworks.

Leading by 12 points with 1:08 left, the Commodores’ veteran coach called a timeout to express his displeasure with his team’s complacent play. He attempted to drive home his point by emphatically slamming down his whiteboard. The clipboard smashed in half and the dry erase marker broke into several pieces, scattering across the Memorial Gymnasium floor.

“I thought they were about to get beat up,” Jeter said. “I’ve seen Coach spaz out but I’ve never seen him break a clipboard.”

Sophomore guard Dai-Jon Parker was astonished if that was indeed the first broken clipboard of the season, wondering how many Stallings has shattered in his 20-year coaching career. Stallings, who became the all-time wins leader at Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday, suggested investing in cheaper whiteboards, especially with a young team.

But Jeter provided a positive glimpse into the future against William & Mary (7-5). Usually a small forward, he played up one position and excelled.

He scored seven straight points twice, with the last stretch allowing the Commodores (6-6) to pull away in their final non-conference game. Ahead 37-33, he drained a 3-pointer in the corner — although the video board showed he was inside the arc — and later tipped in a miss. He missed both free throws on the back end of those shots, contributing to another poor performance at the foul line (eight of 16) that Stallings described as redundant.

With 10:33 left, Jeter showed off his athleticism by driving the base line and banking in a layup for a 44-35 lead.

He made his first six shots before missing his last while logging a career-high 21 minutes.  He eclipsed his previous season-high of six points in a two-minute spurt in the first half.

“We were sure pleased with his play, with his shooting,” Stallings said. “He played well and we felt like he was one of our best five players [Wednesday].”

Rod Odom and Kedren Johnson scored 12 points apiece and each contributed a 3-pointer late as the Commodores made their final four treys. They struggled from outside early, missing 13 straight into the second half.

They rode their defense as their length bothered the Tribe, who shot just 34 percent (16 of 47). Vanderbilt also tied a season-high with 10 blocks to snap a two-game losing streak. The win also gave Stallings 182 victories at Memorial Gymnasium. He passes the late Roy Skinner, who coached 16 seasons between 1959-76.

And even though the historic win was in the bag Stallings didn’t want his team thinking that way. So he showed them lackadaisical play wouldn’t cut it — especially with defending national champ Kentucky coming to town in eight days to start Southeastern Conference play.

“There was just complete casual careless ball care,” Stallings said. “There are some things that happen because you are young and inexperienced. We’re not going to be casual around here. That’s not how we’re going to play. That’s not what we’re going to settle for. I needed to make a point.”

9 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/3/13 at 2:22

I would imagine this article will be shown every prospective recruit Vanderbilt has on their list.

The kids from MBA,Goodpasture,CPA,FRA,BGA and Lipscomb type schools may look at this micro-management style of coaching by Stalllings and shrug but a lot more may shut the door in Stallings face.

Based on the won lost record of this team I expect his recruiting prowess has already been dimished.

By: 4gold on 1/3/13 at 9:03

The recruiting went out the door with those two assistants that got small time head jobs. This team is talentless. Good thing they got by W&M or they may had to wait another year for Stallings to get the record win. Henderson is so slow he will get blocked if he ever looks at the basket in the SEC. Guard Kedron and the rest of them are not going to score enugh to beat anybody. Moats doesnt have a basketball instinct in is body. Just stands and looks mostly always out of position for a rebound. Going to be a Frustrating year or two or three. One recruit signed that scores a whopping 8 points a game in high school. What a catch.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: shinestx on 1/3/13 at 9:15

Dai-Jon Parker ... sounds like a mustard.

By: rldavenport@com... on 1/3/13 at 9:49

And Stallings acted surprised when John Jenkins opted to go pro. It didn't take a genius to figure out that he probably wouldn't come back because he knew he would be triple-teamed all the time since the only other scoring threat he would have around him would be Kedron Johnson.

By: localboy on 1/3/13 at 11:02

So...no SEC finals this year?

By: Jughead on 1/3/13 at 11:30

Stallings did not make much of a run with three NBA-bound starters--Jenkins, Taylor, and Ezeli--plus a few other decent players. Vandy's basketball program has hit rock bottom and will remain there until Stallings is fired. Nobody wants to play for him.

By: Bellevue on 1/3/13 at 7:34

I've never understood why Stallings goes on these emotional tirades. One of his worst character traits has been to pubically berate his players. Can he not teach as opposed to degrade?

Nothing wrong with accountibility and discipline. But humiliate???

By: Vualways on 1/4/13 at 8:42

Who would want to play for Stallings. He had 2 recruits at the game on Wednesday night. One player is a junior, who can shoot the 3, and has been offered a scholarship , his father played at VU. He has indicated to several that he will not come to VU, if Stallings is the coach. The other player is a freshman. Probably the best freshman in the state. I am embarrassed, and very disappointed in the way, he communicates with his players on the court, during games. Using the F-word, is inexcusable . It's time for him to go, and get someone like a Franklin, or Corbin. Stallings knows no one, and no one knows him. It's time to bring back the former players and restore the rich tradition of Commodore Basketball. Drew Maddox , needs to get in the college coaching ranks, once there, he would be an excellent choice.

By: 4gold on 1/5/13 at 8:43

Smashed clipboards are not going to save this team. Would prefer VU just not field a team than put these guys out there for embarrassing 30 point conference blowouts. Just forfeit and wait for Baseball season to start. These guys have NO SHOT. Not even from the free throw line. 42% one game. Church league shoots better than that.

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