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Why is Vanderbilt Negotiating a Multiyear Contract with Robbie Caldwell?

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Aside from the Commodores currently losing 41-0 to Florida at the half, that’s the latest Vanderbilt football news.

I understand that the plan all along has been for CRC to have two years at the helm, but why has the Vanderbilt administration determined that right now — in the midst of a disappointing season and a streak of SEC losses in which Vandy has fallen 43-0, 21-7, and 49-14 (not to mention the ongoing bludgeoning on our home field) — is a good time to decide that Robbie Caldwell is the guy they want beyond next season? I understand the virtue of showing confidence in your coaching staff and all, but this just makes no sense to me.

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Chris Low Predicts More Carries for Norman and Stacy

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Most of this video feature from Chris Low of ESPN.com is nothing terribly new. We’ve cited the problems of having your defense out on the field for too long getting worn down and the difficulties of finishing close games in the fourth quarter when your offense is one of the worst in college football in time of possession (not to mention total offense, scoring offense, passing offense, etc.). We’ve also talked about the need to get the ball in Warren Norman’s hands more often. The fact that he ran for 50 yards and 7.5 yards per carry but was only given the ball six times against South Carolina is, by my lights, completely unacceptable. Zac Stacy, the other bright spot on offense, likewise had only six carries.

What is revealing in this video is that Low predicts — presumably based on more than a mere hunch associating Kitchings’ role as running backs coach and his new position as OC — that we will now see more plays on the ground and fewer pass plays. If Vanderbilt does this, which is to say, if we are better able to use the run to set up the pass (see the Ole Miss game) rather than digging ourselves holes with poorly executed/ineffective pass plays and failing to convert first downs, then I think we can expect real improvement on offense. The question is whether it will be enough to satisfy fans that CRC is who they want to see at the helm in 2011.

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