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Vandy’s Search – Predictably – Turning To Coordinators And Assistants

The idea of landing a hot name in coaching circles — like Temple’s Al Golden — briefly excited Vanderbilt fans last week.  Alas, Golden was apparently less enthused about the prospect of having to resurrect Lazarus for a second time.  Would you want to rebuild Temple only to be rewarded with the tougher challenge of rebuilding Vandy… in the SEC?

So now assistant coaches are bubbling to the top of Vandy coaching pot.  Just as we expected.


1.  Vandy has a tradition of losing.

2.  Vandy plays in the toughest league in America.

3.  Vandy has horrible facilities.

4.  Vandy’s football budget lags behind those of Stanford, Northwestern and Duke.


It should be no surprise then that the newest names on Vandy’s list are Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin and Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.  Assistants looking for a first-time gig — and a million-dollar paycheck — might be lured to Nashville.  Proven candidates likely will not.

ESPN’s Bruce Feldman tweeted this weekend that Watson was “slated to interview for the Vandy job” yesterday.  Nebraska lost 23-20 to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday night.

According to HuskerExtra.com, Bo Pelini was asked about Watson’s job opportunities just a few weeks ago.  “He’s had opportunities at some other jobs in the last couple years that he didn’t feel were the right opportunities or right places.  He didn’t even give them any consideration.”

Feldman also tweeted that Franklin might be a candidate.  Franklin is Maryland’s coach-in-waiting under Ralph Friedgen.  The Washington Post reports that  Franklin is due $1 million if he is not named the Terps head coach by January of 2012.  He is not believed to be a serious candidate for the VU job.

The Post also says that Temple’s Golden remains atop the Commodores’ wish list though several sources have already said that he is not interested. 

Vanderbilt has already interviewed Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  The two parties got together Friday in Atlanta according to The Tennessean.

There are several other names that have been connected to the Vandy job:


1.  Former Miami coach Randy Shannon

2.  Former Miami and current Texas-San Antonio coach Larry Coker

3.  Tulsa head coach Todd Graham

4.  Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst

5.  Former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden


And three candidates for the vacant job at Indiana are also believed to be in the running at Vandy:


1.  Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson

2.  Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell

3.  Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren


The Tennessean reported Friday that Vandy is still interested in interviewing Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, too.

Uh, yeah.

So Vandy’s next coach will either be:

Al Golden or James Franklin or Shawn Watson or Greg Roman or Randy Shannon or Larry Coker or Todd Graham or Paul Chryst or Tommy Bowden or Kevin Wilson or Don Treadwell or Dave Doeren or Gus Malzahn or Bud Foster or Troy Calhoun. 

Or not.

Either a) Vanderbilt is putting out a big smokescreen of disinformation over their search process or b) the Commodores are casting a very wide net in the hopes of finding anyone who might actually be interested in taking their job.

Judging by the school’s plan to interview 10 candidates before moving to a second round or interviews, it looks like b is the answer.

 


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