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7.14.2010

Shakeup at Vanderbilt

Hey everyone. As some of the techno-savvy HOTTIES have been discussing, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson has resigned.

The Tennesseean, a Gannett newspaper that apparently uses unnamed sources, is crediting the information to unnamed sources.

Press conference at 1 p.m. CDT.

I will be inside Auburn Arena at that time. Please feel free to update in the comments section until I return.

Photo credit: The Tennesseean

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

114 Comments:

Blogger WarEagleRK said...

He's one wild and crazy guy.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

this is surprising substance

11:37 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

He's got happy feet.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Ben Stein said...

Scandy vandal.

11:40 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

That's funny WERK. He's the spitting image, in that pic especially.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

i did't know Vandy had scandals

11:40 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Homer - if the other Gannet rags use unnamed sources, is it the MA policy or yours personally which prevents you from doing the same? No complaint, just curious. Thanks, I'll hang up and listen.

11:40 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I'm surprised at the Vandy development and rather pleased with the Braves' pickup. Glad Escobar is being replaced with someone that has his head screwed on straight. I don't think the Braves lose anything defensively and definitely gain offensively.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

touring new Auburn Arena or hastily called Vandy presser.

Yep, I'd be in the Arena, too! Can't wait to see your video, JGT...although I suspect I'll have to since I'll prolly be on the road when you post it.

11:40 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

What a jerk.

11:41 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

This is kind of shocking, yet ironic. I have been thinking Les Miles would be the next SEC coach to go. I never even considered Johnson leaving, even with a 2-10 record.

11:41 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Is it coincidence that JGT is being sequestered to The Arena while all this Bobby Johnson stuff is happening?

11:42 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Oh, this is the best pizza in a cup ever.

11:43 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

mytommyd,

I figure the Braves line up will look like this.

Prado
Heyward
Jones
Glaus (McCann 4th vs RHP)
McCann (Glaus 5th vs RHP)
Gonzalez
Cabrera/Diaz
Infante/Blanco

I would have it more like

Prado
Infante/Blanco
McCann
Glaus
Jones
Heyward
Gonzalez
Cabrera/Diaz

11:44 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Norm, I'd think that would be the policy of any journalist worth their salt.

The company most likely has only one concern - moolah.

11:47 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Maybe Johnson got a better offer from a trucking company in Georgia?

11:49 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Let me be the first to say.....Gus to Vandy..

:-P

11:49 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

You wish.

:)

11:54 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Without an athletic director, who selects the Vandy coach?

12:00 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

this is very odd.

something really bad had to have happened.

12:02 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I like all of those line ups RK

12:02 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

yup, saw the Gonzalez/Escobar trade while i was at lunch on Sportscenter. works for me.

12:10 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Scottie,

I'm going to the Braves/Brewers game on Friday, I'll make sure I'll welcome him to the team for you.

12:13 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

much appreciated RK.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - agreed, it just seemed a bit curious to me. On a separate note...DIE GAS PUMPER!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Now Kamikaze just needs to wear some other team's uniform.

12:17 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

ScoCho, I too like the Chattooga. I went during a drought so I hear it's actually much better than what I experienced. I enjoyed the big 7is foot drop off and banging my head on a giant rock. It was then cool to climb in the rocks and jump in the rapids.

I think Gus will be a candidate next year when Vandy hires a replacement.

I know I will get blasted for this, but I think Braves talk should be on a separate blog with soccer the cycling.

12:19 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

soccer and cycling

12:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Blasting

12:23 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I assure you, once we're all up in the football talk, I for one will rarely discuss the Braves. I've never rafted over any rapids so I can't talk about that one. So pfft. That's all I have to say about that, I'll let someone else blast you if they so wish.

12:24 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Then so should rafting.

Zing.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I agree, CH=B... unless of course we want to talk about The Great Felipe Alou!

12:26 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Of course, if one of JayG's suggested new blog formats (the one with separate discussion boards) ever gets the go ahead, I guess we'll have a separate spot for such tangential (is this a word?) talk.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

actually, if the Hotties did tell me about the Braves, I wouldn't know diddly squat about the current team.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

^ n't

12:28 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I'll still talk non-football stuff on the football board. That's how I roll.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou's a maverick, he's a wild man.

12:43 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

the Braves host the Brewers starting tomorrow to kick off the 2nd half. Jurrjens on the hill.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I guess we can discuss non-football topics here, but we should at least define the impact such topics have on the BC coaching situation.

12:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think Tommy Hansen is the starter on Friday when I'm there.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I don't care what you or anyone else say; I am absolutely, positively not at all certain that the BC coaching situation did not have something to to with the VU coaching situation.

12:53 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Norm,

I concur.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I'm glad you do. I feel 100% somewhat strongly and relatively committed to that position and I'd be prepared to fight anyone who says differently. I mean, if I could fit it into my schedule that is, I'm pretty busy.

12:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I like Hansen, but that delivery looks like future arm problems to me. I hope I'm wrong.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - I must take another strong position here. Please refrain from mentioning teenage pop groups here. I don't care if you like them you sick, twisted perv, just don't tell me about it.

1:06 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Mmmmm Bop

1:07 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, that's one song I didn't really want stuck in my head.

1:12 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Listening to the Bobby Johnson thing - its a retirement, not a health concern, he's 59 and wants to retire.

1:12 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

mytd...
If that's true, the timing is bizarre.

1:15 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

He hasn't talked to the team yet, but obviously they know now.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I've been wanting to do that since I got out of college

1:15 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Yeah, listening to him, I got a feeling there is something else here. Not sure what it is, but it feels like he's not saying something.

But that could very well be me trying to read something into it

1:17 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

He doesn't mind leaving right now, because he feels he's leaving the team with the most talent that they've had since he's been there.

1:19 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Not planning to be an athletic director

1:20 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

In the long run, may move back to South Carolina where his family is.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

The timing is just whack on this if it's just a matter of being ready to step away.

1:22 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

"Coaching staff has been winners wherever they've been"

1:22 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Just wanting to retire makes absolutely no sense. Health issues would make sense, but apparently that isn't it.

Coaches don't retire this close to the start of a season. It is screwing their team over.

There has to be something more here, but it may be a personal matter he doesn't want to deal with in the press.

1:22 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

"This is going to be the last place I coach" said to his recruits

1:24 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Effective at the end of July

1:24 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Interim coach is Robby Caldwell

1:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

This feels too much like Cartman saying "Screw you guys. I'm going home".

1:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

mytommyd = live blogger extraordinarire

1:26 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Live blogger on a Vandy press conference. Yeah boy, get some!

1:27 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

MrCFB says "Bobby Johnson sounded like a man who finally decided that it was better to leave a year too early rather than a year too late".

1:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Vandy & Bobby Johnson probably wouldn't be in this situation if mytommyd had been live blogging the BC coaching situation a few years ago.

1:31 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

"This is a personal decision and will not be coaching the Commodores in 2010"

recapping on the radio

1:31 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

If I only knew what the ramifications were way back then

1:32 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

The previous note was about live blogging not from the Bobby J conference

1:34 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm still disgusted that we lost to these guys 2 years ago.

1:35 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I actually like the random blogging that goes on here. It's mostly Auburn with other crap thrown in. I'm to blame as well. I worry that with a new blog (with multiple topics) we won't be able to have the continuity we have here. How will we know which topic everyone is on?

1:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

CH=B - go wash your mouth out with soap. PRONTO.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

or just delete the word "other" from your last post.

1:43 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

CHB, in Jay we trust.

1:43 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Now is the time for Tony Franklin to step up to the next level and become the Vandy head coach. Franklin, the Bob Dylan of college coaches, would bring a side to Vandy that nobody has seen before.

1:47 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

So, I understand that "there is no good time to retire from the game", but there are some better times than others. And a week before football "starts" seems strange. He did express some frustration when recounting that there were 20 something games that they lost by 7 points or less. But that's the only frustration he mentioned

1:47 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

You know Mike Leach is still looking for a job, too

1:48 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

SFC, you are correct no worries with G in charge.

Been reading/hearing rumors that the walmartians are going to suspend Dre Kirkpatrick for the year. If that is true they will be hurting on D. I know they have talent but they also lost a ton. I think they only return 2 starters as they sit now.

1:48 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Oh, Mike Leach would be interesting.

I can see why Johnson would be frustrated. The he recruited the highest ranked recruit in school history and the guy gets shot dead before he plays. Talking about bad luck, that is Vandy.

1:50 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Mike Leach is actually a very interesting prospect. He is very well educated, if I remember correctly.

1:52 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Two days in a row of Tony Franklin...geez.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Leach to Vandy? That would be weird having two lawyers coaching the SEC schools in TN.

1:54 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

And Leach wouldn't have a problem getting along with the AD at Vandy.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

he could even have his own pirate ship on the Cumberland River (or anywhere else in Nashville if it rains again like it did this spring)

1:59 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Maybe I should brush up my resume and turn it into Vandy. As long as I don't use the word schmootball in the interview, I might have a shot.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!




The former BC coach would be the current BC coach if he had had a BEASLEY!!!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

How could this not be Johnson's last coaching stop? No AD in their right mind would hire a coach that would "retire" 2 weeks before the start of fall camp.

2:05 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Mike Leach is one of the more entertaining coaches in football.

Coach Leach, you are fired.

Leach: Really?

Yea, really.

Leach: I'll sue.

Really?

Leach: Yea, really.

You are still fired.

Leach: Really?

Yea, really.

Leach: But I am the bestest coach ever.

You are still fired.

Leach: But we are going to a bowl game.

You are still fired.

Leach: But I am a lawyer.

You are still fired.

Leach: But but but

You are still fired.

2:07 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I guess that's part of the beauty of not having an AD to answer to.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

what about Furman? They ain't looking now, but I think their AD would put Bobby Johnson at the top of his list, regardless of today's weirdness.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Leach in the SEC would be a hoot. At least Vandy would be interesting.

Leach in the PAC 10+2+? has the chance to ignite fireworks. Imagine Kiffen, Neuhousel and Leach all throwing soundbites around.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Leach may be a fruitcake, but he was wrongly fired and will easily get a huge settlement or win the lawsuit.

Anyone wanna bet differently?

2:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I agree Hoopie, he has a strong case that he was wrongfully terminated and TTU's recent hire only helps their case.

2:16 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Come on. Leach made plenty of comments that embarrassed the university. That is enough to get him canned right off the bat.

2:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Where is Gerry DiNardo when you need him?

2:25 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I concur.

2:27 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

what about Widenhofer?

Woody Ball. Have fun. Expect to win.

2:35 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Woody is a great guy, bad head coach, but great guy.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Peeps:

Just returned from Auburn Arena.

Will begin posting pics as soon as possible.

2:37 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

RK, i had a cup from a Vandy football game on it years back & that was the slogan it had on it. it always made me laugh.

2:39 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Ewwww - I hope they had a good time, Woody ball went 15-40 in his 5 years there.

2:43 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Coaching Vandy isn't exactly a great gig. If I coach went in there and consistently had winning seasons, they would name the stadium after him.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I think it's important to tell you that no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.

2:51 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

scottie...
So you're saying you have a game-used cup?

2:54 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

SNORT!

2:55 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

that's HAWT.

2:55 PM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

technically, it is a game-used drinking cup from a Tennessee Oilers (Titans) pre-season game at Vanderbilt stadium from 1996. :)

2:56 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I just read where Bonomonomonlo has been cleared. I didn't realize that. Pretty cool.

2:56 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Someone had a big coke problem with all the snorting that used to go on in here.

Maybe it was a DEA enforced ban.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I concur.

2:57 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Johnson missed his opportunity. He could have waited a week and announced his retirement at media days.

3:03 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Wait a second.

Out of nowhere Jay G. says he is "touring the new arena" and it just happens to be at the same time out of nowhere Bobby Johnson steps down at Vandy.

A week or so ago, Jay G went up to Louisville. On the way to Louisville is Nashville.

Are these all coincidences?

3:06 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I think not WERK

3:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

3:13 PM  

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