Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson has withdrawn from consideration for the coaching position at Duke.
Johnson, who just completed his sixth season at VU, interviewed at Duke on Monday.
Johnson, a native of Columbia, S.C., informed Duke officials of his decision to remain at Vanderbilt Tuesday afternoon, Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for University Affairs David Williams confirmed.
The decision paves the way for Johnson to return for his seventh season at the helm of Commodore football. He will become the first coach with seven years of head coaching service since the mid-1980s.
Johnson has rebuilt the Commodore program since arriving in December 2001 after leading Furman University to the I-AA national championship game. Since the 2005 season began, Johnson’s Commodores have notched 14 victories, tying for the most wins in a three-year span since Vanderbilt registered 15 total wins from 1982-84.
“I’m grateful to Vanderbilt University, its administration, staff, students and fans. I have a deep sense of loyalty to Vanderbilt. We’ve enjoyed some successes in recent years, but all of us want to see more success in the future. That’s the goal as I go further in this position.”
“I’m also pleased that David (Williams) and the administration believe in what we are trying to accomplish here at Vanderbilt. Their continuing commitment to the program will definitely give us a better opportunity to creating a winning football program at Vanderbilt. I’m excited about the future of Commodore football,” Johnson added.