According to a report from Channel 4 News in Nashville, Bobby Johnson has resigned as Vanderbilt’s head coach.
As of now, it is unclear why Johnson is leaving his position. An official announcement is expected to come from the school Wednesday at a 2 p.m. ET news conference.
Besides the timing of the resignation being strange, with Vandy's first practice just 23 days away and the season being less than two months from commencing, Johnson fit in well with the culture at Vandy. He is well-respected and known to be one of the most standup guys in the college coaching profession.
The 59-year-old has coached the Commodores since 2002 after taking Furman to the FCS (Division I-AA) national championship game. He will finish his career in Nashville with a 29-66 mark, but he oversaw a Commodores resurgence that saw them earn their first bowl win in 53 years in 2008 when they defeated Boston College in the Music City Bowl. Johnson was named SEC Coach of the Year that season.
However, the Commodores slipped to 2-10 last season, including 0-8 in the SEC.
Vandy is scheduled to open the 2010 season Sept. 4 at home against Northwestern. Because Johnson's departure comes so close to the start of the season, assistant head coach and OL coach Robbie Caldwell could be the leading candidate to take over on an interim basis.
More details to come as news of this story develops.
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