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Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach

Binoculars-300x197Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams is apparently leaving no stone unturned in his search for a replacement for James Franklin.  Just three weeks from signing day, Vandy’s AD is up against the clock and an ex-coach who’s attempting to flip the kids he’d recruited to Nashville to his new home at Penn State.

So can Williams really afford to take his time on this hire and interview numerous candidates?  With National Signing Day fast approaching?

You bet he can.  And he should.  For all the worrying about a recruiting class, finding the right head coach is a hundred times more important.  The right head coach can win with the talent his predecessor left behind (as Franklin did with the redshirt juniors and seniors Bobby Johnson and Robbie Caldwell left him).  The right coach can recruit well and eventually make up for one disappointing class.

Reportedly, at least three candidates appear on Williams’ interview list:  Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason, St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.  Many view Mason as the favorite to land the job as he’s already a college recruiter and he’s already worked at a school with somewhat strict admission policies.

Others on Williams’ list appear to be Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.  Offensive line coach Herb Hand is the leading internal candidate for the job.

We believe the Commodores should reach out to former Rutgers and NFL coach Greg Schiano.

Meanwhile, reports claim that Vanderbilt secondary coach George Barlow is expected be named cornerbacks coach at NC State.  In other words, the man Williams eventually hires will have to basically piece together an entire staff.  One more reason Williams should worry more about finding the right head coach than salvaging a single recruiting class.

 


7 comments
vandyfan1
vandyfan1

The fact that Vandy has no recruiting class this season also hampers them in their coaching search. But that should leave several scholarships for next season since no one pays attention to the 25 man limit anyway Vandy could sign 40 kids in 2015.

sojourner
sojourner

I read where Vandy's recruitng class imploded overnight with the Franklin fiasco.  I also read where Franklin was justifying his thievery of recruits by saying, "...recruits commit to a coach, not a school."  Amazing.  Even Kiffen and Orgeron weren't that sanctimonious when weasel boy booked for the coast.  Here's hoping Franklin enjoys the same kind of success.  There are some sobering differences here.  The Vols were a helluva lot more than one coach; Vandy had little else.  With Tennessee's tradition, facilities, history and fan support, it was little more than a temporary hiccup till things started looking up in Knoxville.  It would have come even sooner had the Vol's A.D. known that you don't hire a head coach for his last name.  Vandy is back where it was the day Franklin stepped off the plane, smoke and mirrors in hand.  I almost feel for them.

sec_fan
sec_fan

@sojournerEd Orgeron had a meeting with the early enrollees trying to get them to leave so he could flip them. On the other hand Butch Jones brought a couple of Cincinnati recruits with him. Truth is every time a coach leaves it destroys a recruiting class. It comes with the territory.  Vanderbilt should focus on the coaching search. If Tennessee had it would be competing in the SEC instead of recovering from Dooley by now.

vandyfan1
vandyfan1

@sojourner FYI: Vandy is a helluva lot more than it's football program. 


Also only 2 or 3 kids followed Kiffin to USC Franklin is trying to move the entire class to Penn St., plus Kiffin didn't sell himself he sold TN also

sojourner
sojourner

@sec_fan@sojournerThere's a big difference here.  Nothing weasel boy or Orgeron could do was going to hurt the Vols for very long.  This is devastating for Vandy.  It puts me in mind of a respectable well-off widow who takes in a fast talking, down on his luck, street hustler.  Once he gets on his feet, he hooks up with a snazzy young thing and walks out.  Fair enough, but then he goes back for her jewels and silverware.  There's a limit.

sojourner
sojourner

@vandyfan1@sojourner

"Vandy is a helluva lot more than it's football program."

Given the state of its so-called football program at the moment, I would hope so.

sec_fan
sec_fan

@sojourner@sec_fanSo far only 5 have committed to other schools. If Vanderbilt makes the right hire it will be a blip on the radar. If not it could be back back to 2 win seasons. Before you vilify Franklin he built what you are accusing him of destroying.

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