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Is David Williams Softening the Ground for a Coaching Change?

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Jeff Lockridge’s piece in today’s Tennessean is incredibly interesting, especially in light of the reports that surfaced last weekend when Vanderbilt was getting throttled by Florida. Vice Chancellor David Williams talks about his displeasure with the Commodores’ performance this season. That, however, is not the story. Williams cites lack of competitiveness as perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this season. I couldn’t agree more. Consider this: between 2005-2009 Vanderbilt lost 9 games by 21 points or more; this season, the Commodores have lost 4 games by 3 touchdowns or more (and there’s still 3 games left to play). I get that 3 of the 9 21+ point losses were last season, but somehow this season feels worse

I am on record as being completely in the tank for David Williams. I think he has done a fantastic job spearheading Vanderbilt athletics and that the Commodores, as an athletic program are in better shape now than when I started in 2001. And despite this criticism he has taken in the comments section here and on other Vanderbilt sites, this article says to me not only that he’s listening, but that he also gets its. As Williams says, “There’s losing and there’s losing.” This years losses have been of the particularly bitter variety.

Williams admits the last 3 games will be important in evaluating Coach Caldwell and his staff. Vice Chancellor Williams concludes with this: “You want to be fair [to Coach Caldwell]. But I’m committed to making this program competitive. And we’ll do what we need to do to make that happen.” Vanderbilt fans can’t ask for more.

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The Tennessean’s Jeff Lockridge Clears up Contract Questions Surrounding Coach Caldwell

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In the Vanderbilt blog on the Tennessean‘s website, beat-reporter Jeff Lockridge clear up the “multi-year” contract extension reportedly being worked out between Vanderbilt and Coach Robbie Caldwell:

“Absolutely nothing has chan ged with Caldwell’s con tract since the pre sea son, Van der bilt offi cials con firĀ­med after Florida’s 55-14 win.
When the inte rim tag was remo ved from Caldwell’s title before the sea son began, his con tract was rewor ked as a ‘multi-year deal.’ It is widely known to be a two-year deal, although vice chan ce llor David Williams and Cald well choose to remain non-specific on the record to pre serve Vanderbilt’s pri vacy poli cies regar ding contracts.”

Lockridge offers this to bewildered Commodore fans: “All Vanderbilt fans need to know is that nothing has changed. Nothing is in place that would prevent Vanderbilt from going another direction after this season, or making a commitment to keeping Caldwell and his staff on board.” If Vanderbilt doesn’t look more competitive in their final 3 games than they have in 3 of their last 4, another direction might be the proper course to chart.

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