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Caldwell Knows Saturday Could Be His Last Game At Vandy

Robbie Caldwell might’ve put on a corn pone act at SEC Media Days in July, but the Furman grad is no dummy.  You can bet he knows that his days at Vanderbilt are probably numbered.

“If (Saturday’s game with Wake Forest) is my last game, well, I’ll be sad because I’ve enjoyed my time here at Vanderbilt,” Caldwell told The Tennessean.  “Hopefully it won’t be.  But if it is, I understand.  It’s the life of a football coach, unfortunately, this day and time.”

Caldwell isn’t getting a fair shake.  Everyone knows that.  He took over the Vandy program in midsummer when Bobby Johnson unexpectedly resigned.  If not for Johnson’s last-minute step-down, VU might have gone in a different direction when searching for an interim.

The interim tag was taken off of Caldwell’s title before the season began, but that had more to do with recruiting than with job security.  He was also given what many believe to a be a two-year contract.  So if Caldwell goes — and it looks like he will — the VU administration will present him a bit of a “thank you” by way of that buyout.

But Caldwell had no real shot in Nashville this year.  He inherited a weak roster that only grew weaker and weaker as injuries took their toll.

Caldwell was the coaching equivalent of the spectator who’s called down onto the field at halftime to try one of those 40-yard field goals for a half-million bucks.  Sure sometimes a fan hits one, but it’s a miracle when it occurs. 

And it would have taken a miracle for Caldwell to show anything at all with these 2010 Commodores.

The coach and his staff will likely be packing up their things next week.  Vanderbilt will then set out to find yet another coach desperate enough to accept the 12th best job in a 12-team league.

Whoever that coach turns out to be, he’ll learn quickly — just as Caldwell did — that life is seldom fair when you coach at Vanderbilt.


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