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Vandy Search Creeping Along

We chose the words in our headline carefully for this one.  To make a point.

Doesn’t it feel like Vandy is taking its time in its search for a new head coach?  Other schools are making headlines — Miami, Colorado — but VU’s search appears to be much more quiet, much more deliberate.

In reality, the Commodores have been looking for a coach only since Sunday.  That’s it.  We’re less than a week into this thing.  And the future of the program depends on VU officials’ decision.

We’re so used to seeing ticker crawls and tweets that anything that takes longer than 15 minutes now feels glacially slow to us.  Or maybe that’s just me.

At any rate, The Tennessean discusses a number of names on Vandy’s apparent wish list today:

* Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman says he’ll listen if Vandy calls.  While Roman said he has not been contacted, he did campaign for himself a bit:  “I would find it very interesting however, because of my experience bringing another academic institution to the top of the BCS football world.  Vandy is very similar to Stanford!”  (No doubt Vandy grads will be turned off by the coach’s liberal use of an exclamation point in his email to The Tennessean.)

* Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster says he’ll listen if Vandy calls.

* Former Miami coach Randy Shannon is now on VU’s list according to a “source.”  Shannon led the Hurricanes to a 7-5 record this season.  UM will also go bowling for the third straight season.  Shannon led an unbelievably clean program, too, with great graduation rates and few police run-ins.  That proves, of course, that such things matter little when compared to winning.  Shannon is also on Minnesota’s list of candidates and he has voiced interest in the Gopher gig.

* Temple head coach Al Golden remains high on Vandy’s list.  Several reports have indicated that Golden is not interested in the Vanderbilt position.

* Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn continues to say nothing about the rumors connecting him to Vanderbilt.

Joe Biddle — also of The Tennessean — writes that whoever accepts the Vandy job will face a “third-and-long upon arrival.”  In his view the school simply doesn’t spend enough to win.  (Something we, too, pointed out earlier this week.)  In Biddle’s view, someone will eventually take VU job because it’s in the SEC.  “That’s the same reason it’s an albatross.”

Even the site for Vanderbilt — — admits that the school’s football facilities will be a major hurdle to overcome in this coaching search.

“Dark, dingy and decidedly uninspiring, Vanderbilt Stadium is a relic of times long gone by in SEC land.  It’s hardly the kind of jewel that makes fans’ hearts pound, to say nothing of the collective yawn that potential recruits let out when they get their tour on official visits.

Vanderbilt’s game day atmosphere has been the butt of jokes for as long as they have struggled through 45 losing seasons in the last 51.  Despite having just 41,448 seats — by far the smallest in the conference — Vanderbilt rarely fills it.  Even less so with its own fans.”

And that’s from a site called

As we’ve noted (again and again), unless Vanderbilt promises to invest some of its new SEC television money back into the program, the only kind of coach VU will land will be:

* An assistant just looking to land any head coaching job

* A small college coach just looking to land any BCS conference head coaching job (and the money that goes with it)

* A re-tread head coach who has no other prospects

It’s all about the money in Nashville.


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