NASHVILLE, Tenn. When setting individual records in sports, those establishing the new marks seldom get to know the person whose record they're breaking.
Not so for Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings. He cherishes his many visits with former Commodores coach Roy Skinner, for whom Stallings surpassed to become the program's all-time winningest coach last Friday (win over Lipscomb).
With the 2-1 start to the season, including Tuesday 85-77 overtime road loss to Butler, Stallings has an overall record of 279-177 in 14-plus seasons at Vanderbilt.
Skinner, in turn, went 278-135 from 1959, 1962-76.
"The thing that struck me with coach Skinner was how fond his players were of him," Stallings said of Skinner, who died Oct. 25, 2010. He was the first coach to recruit a black athlete into the Southeastern Conference.
"All those guys just really, really loved coach Skinner, and it gave me a tremendous appreciation," Stallings said, "because I th...