No one expects Vanderbilt University to be a college football powerhouse. But many in town are perplexed at how inept the school appears in achieving even a modicum of success.
First, the good parts.
When he arrived, Coach Woody Widenhofer pumped enthusiasm into an otherwise lifeless program. But much like his tenure at Missouri in the late 1980s, Widenhofer has struggled to translate better recruiting and infectious optimism into wins in the rugged Southeastern Conference.
Positively, the players, who graduate at a high rate, represent the school well and go on to serve their communities admirably, with few exceptions.
But the athletic department has bungled opportunities to make worthwhile strides to complement the school