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Vandy’s Ship Appears To Be Sinking Again

At the end of the 2008 season, Bobby Johnson was considered to be a very good football coach.  He’d led Vanderbilt to its first winning season and its first bowl win since the earth had cooled (slight exaggeration).  He’d made the Commodore program much more competitive.

But then 2009 happened.  A string of injuries decimated the Commodores as they toppled back to a 2-10 record.  To make matters worse, the cupboard looked bare heading into 2010.  Exit Johnson and enter Robbie Caldwell this past summer.

Now Vanderbilt sits at 2-4 and Saturday’s 43-0 loss at Georgia was a like trip down memory lane.

Vandy is a homecoming opponent.  The Commodores can’t stop their foe.  They can’t score a single point. 

It seems as though that has always been the case.

But it hasn’t.  Which brings us back to the job Johnson did in building Vandy up — and I use that term loosely — over his tenure.

Saturday’s loss was Vandy’s first shutout loss in seven seasons and that epic FAIL was in stark contrast to recent SEC games involving the Commodores.  See for yourself and take the time to read these scores:


2005
Vanderbilt 28, Arkansas 24
Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 23
LSU 34, Vanderbilt 6
Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 17
South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 28
Florida 49, Vanderbilt 42 (2 OT)
Kentucky 48, Vanderbilt 43
Vanderbilt 28, Tennessee 24


2006
Alabama 13, Vanderbilt 10
Arkansas 21, Vanderbilt 19
Ole Miss 17, Vanderbilt 10
Vanderbilt 24, Georgia 22
South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 13
Florida 25, Vanderbilt 19
Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 26
Tennessee 39, Vanderbilt 10


2007
Alabama 24, Vanderbilt 10
Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 17
Auburn 35, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia 20, Vanderbilt 17
Vanderbilt 17, South Carolina 6
Florida 49, Vanderbilt 22
Kentucky 27, Vanderbilt 20
Tennessee 25, Vanderbilt 24


2008
Vanderbilt 24, South Carolina 17
Vanderbilt 23, Ole Miss 17
Vanderbilt 14, Auburn 13
Mississippi State 17, Vanderbilt 14
Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 14
Florida 42, Vanderbilt 14
Vanderbilt 31, Kentucky 24
Tennessee 20, Vanderbilt 10


2009
LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9
Mississippi State 15, Vanderbilt 3
Ole Miss 23, Vanderbilt 7
Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 10
South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 10
Florida 27, Vanderbilt 3
Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 13
Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 16


2010
LSU 27, Vanderbilt 3
Vanderbilt 28, Ole Miss 14
Georgia 43, Vanderbilt 0


If you were one of those who said, “Same old Vanderbilt” as Georgia trounced the ‘Dores on Saturday, you were wrong.  Over the past five seasons Vandy had become quite competitive in league play.  They had beaten Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee at least once each.  They had put a double-overtime scare into Florida. 

Saturday’s beatdown in Athens wasn’t the “Same old Vanderbilt.”  It was the “Same old old Vanderbilt.”

If you were to draw a bell curve showing Vandy’s success, 2008 would have been the obvious high-water mark for the program.  Last season, the curve started to move south again as the program bobbed in the water.  Saturday at Georgia, the Commodores slipped back beneath the waves again for the first time in a long while.  It’s up to Caldwell to bring them to the surface again.  If he can, he might just save his job. 

If he can’t, the Commodores may once again become an SEC joke as a new coach attempts to salvage the wreck of what Johnson had once built.

 


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  1. [...] as John Pennington notes, that really hasn’t been the case lately.  That was Vanderbilt’s first shutout loss in seven seasons.  Georgia’s average [...]

  2. [...] football program.  (Before you laugh at the word “rebuild,” remember that Vandy has been much more competitive in recent years under Bobby Johnson.)If the powers-that-be in Nashville feel that Caldwell isn’t likely to [...]



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