Vanderbilt's Johnson steps down as season draws near

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 12:22pm

Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson has resigned after eight seasons complete with one bowl appearance, according to multiple reports.

Johnson went 2-10 last season, which brought his career record at Vanderbilt to 29-66.

A 1 p.m. press conference has been scheduled to address the situation.

“I’ve told everybody quite often (that) if we ever get it as good as we can get it here at Vanderbilt, we’re going to have to fight every game that we play,” Johnson said last fall. “ … The hump is never over. You never have the answer. You have to do it every week, especially in this league.”

Vanderbilt is set to begin practices in less than a month and is scheduled to open the season Sept. 4 at home against Northwestern.

The highlight of Johnson’s tenure was 2008. That season he guided the Commodores to a 7-6 record and a victory over Boston College in the Music City Bowl. It was just the fourth bowl appearance all-time – and second victory – in the history of the program.

He also dealt with several tragedies. Most recently, highly touted recruit Rajaan Bennett, a running back out of Georgia who was set to enroll this fall, was murdered at his family’s home. A little more than five years earlier, running back Kwane Doster, the 2002 SEC Freshman of the Year was shot to death in his hometown of Tampa.

“When you lose players, it’s just extremely unusual,” Johnson said following Bennett’s death. “It’s hard to overcome. You just question everything about what you’re doing, how you’re doing it.”

Before Vanderbilt, Johnson spent eight years as head coach at Furman. He guided that program to the NCAA Division I-AA championship game in his final season and went 63-36 overall.

He also was an assistant coach for 18 seasons, 16 of them at Furman.


2 Comments on this post:

By: dangerlover on 7/14/10 at 12:29

WTF, Bobby?

By: slim53 on 7/14/10 at 1:37

Is it April 1st and nobody told me???