Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/30/14
If you had said that Vanderbilt could become one of the country’s elite college baseball programs when Tim Corbin was hired as its new head coach in 2003, you would’ve been considered overly optimistic at best and delusional at worst. But that’s exactly what Corbin has done during his time with the Commodores, culminating in a national championship series victory over Virginia last Wednesday night. The baseball team became the first men’s program at Vanderbilt to win a national title in school history. While the Commodores have been relevant on the national stage for the past several years, there was a time before Corbin arrived that the program was an afterthought not just nationally, but in the SEC as well. The school and its fanbase didn’t really get behind the baseball team before Corbin’s tenure, resulting in poor attendance and subpar facilities. Prior to 2003, Vanderbilt had made just three NCAA tournaments in its history (with the last coming in 1980), and had never made it to a
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