Vandy's 21-game SEC losing streak: 'We don't talk about that'

Vanderbilt Athletics photo / Vanderbilt second-year football coach Clark Lea does not discuss the program's 21-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with his players. The Commodores open league play this year against Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia.

ATLANTA - The Vanderbilt Commodores will enter their 2022 football season having lost 21 consecutive Southeastern Conference games.

Vanderbilt's first three league opponents this year are Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia, a trio that went 37-6 last season and respectively earned trips to the Cotton, Sugar and Orange bowls. Alabama and Georgia played last season for both the SEC championship and the national title.

"We don't talk about that, and we don't spend time on it. That's just not who we are," Commodores second-year coach Clark Lea said Tuesday as SEC media days continued. "We're not fighting to win an SEC game. We're fighting to become a dominant force within the conference. Obviously winning in the SEC requires winning that first game, but when that happens, it's not going to be a huge celebration.