Vanderbilt football’s first preseason scrimmage interrupted by weather

For those who would believe in omens, Vanderbilt football’s first scrimmage of this preseason was not an encouraging experience.

Not because of the melee itself.

It’s because the Commodores could never finish what they started.

And they had gone to a lot of trouble too. Ongoing renovations have made the current Vanderbilt Stadium inaccessible, forcing the Commodores to load buses Saturday afternoon and move their operation to the Ensworth School. They had looked for a 100-yard grass pitch for the scrum.

And they got it. For about 37 pieces.

Then lightning in the area forced everyone inside the school. The team sat in Ensworth’s gymnasium for about an hour. Once heavy rain began to fall, coach Clark Lea called off the rest of the scrum, even though the sun was up when they left.

“I would have liked to see about 80 (pieces),” Lea said, “but the work was good. … What I didn’t want to do was the team sit for an hour and change and then brings them back to muddy terrain and someone has a soft tissue problem.

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