Looks like Bobby Johnson was thinking about retiring for awhile and decided today was the best day. Seems like this announcement came out of nowhere.
OT - Vanderbilt's Football Coach Abruptly Retires
They actually looked like they were getting it started down there - considering the competition.
Damn I say. We were still a long way from competing every weekend, but at least with Johnson, there was a chance. Hopefully some type of structure has been built that will continue to allow for the dream of the Music City Bowl each year.
There must be something else to the story though. Alwasy is.
Ahh, the Wolverdore. One of the most rare and enigmatic species.
I think this might be why ...
Even with what we would consider an atrocious record he is still the best football coach Vandy has had
I work with several Vandy grads, and one of them is a former player. They loved Johnson and hands down think he was the best thing to happen to them in the last couple of decades.
I always thought he'd get them to near Northwestern-type of competitiveness, and with guys like Cutler, Goff and Earl Bennett, it looked like they might be on their way. Not to be, I guess.
Maybe Phillip from Winchester comes out of retirement? He has actually coached there before.
Any school would consider it an atrocious record. Bobby Johnson has had one winning season (barely, and it took a bowl game to get him to 7-6) in 8 years. This past year, he went 0-8 in the SEC and 2-10 overall. Sorry, but that is not what he was hired to do.
No one expected Vanderbilt to dominate the SEC under Johnson, but his past 8 years are hardly something to erect a statue over (even for Vanderbilt). At the end of the day, the question is whether Johnson was delivering what Vanderbilt wanted and expected when they hired him. Period. My guess is, if you asked him, Johnson has not met his own expectations.
At some point (after year 8 maybe?), it has to come down to on the field performance. If winning does not matter at all, then why even play the game? The Ivy league figured this out over 60 years ago and made a choice. Vanderbilt made a different choice, and if NW and Stanford can be competitve, at least occasionally, so can Vanderbilt.
Bobby Johnson just did not get it done. Did I mention 8 years?
Compare N'Western to other Big 10 schools. Compare Stanford to Cal, UCLA and USC.
Those are reasonable comparisons. Those are schools all trying to do the same sort of thing both on the field and in the classroom.
Now compare Vandy to Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. It's like putting Waldo from the Hot for Teacher video at left tackle and wondering why you're giving up so many sacks.
Not even close. Johnson was/is a class act and a heck of a coach. I remember reading that VU graduates about 90% of its football players, which leads the nation. I feel that the Vandy football job is the toughest in CFB when it comes to getting wins.
... trying to pull an Urban Meyer and milk this for publicity?
Bobby Johnson and his staff were some of the better teachers in college football. A lot of those guys are remnants of Dick Sheridan's staff from both Furman and NC State.
His OL coach coach, Robby Caldwell, is one of the best coaches in college football, IMO. Everywhere he goes, he performs miracles with lesser talent.
My question is less "why" and more "why now?" Are they going to go with the interim coach for this season? Or can they pick someone up in the next few weeks?
johnson was a class act. After their bowl game (the first in decades), they offered him a raise, which he turned down in order for the school to use the funds to send the team on training trip abroad.