Vandy’s John­son abruptly re­tires

Coach says job ‘con­sumes your life’; Cald­well takes over

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Say­ing there’s never a good time for a foot­ball coach to quit, Bobby John­son re­tired abruptly Wed­nes­day as the Van­der­bilt Com­modores’ coach.

John­son, 59, called it a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion but one not prompted by health con­cerns for ei­ther him­self or his wife. He said he will not seek an­other coach­ing job.

“Foot­ball is not life, but it’s a way of life and it con­sumes your life,” John­son said. “You only have so many years to live, and you want to see a dif­fer­ent way.”

John­son’s re­tire­ment comes a week be­fore he was sched­uled to ap­pear at the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence’s pre­sea­son me­dia days, three weeks be­fore play­ers re­port for prac­tice and just seven weeks be­fore the Com­modores’ opener Sept. 4 against North­west­ern.

Vice Chan­cel­lor David Wil­liams said, “I tried to talk Bobby out of it, sev­eral times. I am sad­dened by this de­ci­sion.’’

Wil­liams an­nounced that Rob­bie Cald­well will be pro­moted to in­terim head coach.

John­son, a re­spected coach de­spite his record, went 29-66 in eight sea­sons and di­rected the Com­modores to their only non-los­ing sea­son since 1982 in 2008 by win­ning the Mu­sic City Bowl.

Van­der­bilt has al­ways strug­gled as the only pri­vate school in the SEC.

Michi­gan Sta­dium’s ca­pac­ity set at 109,901

AN­NAR­BOR,Mich.—Michi­gan made a lot of changes to the Big House, erect­ing lux­ury boxes and club seats in tow­er­ing struc­tures that loom along both side­lines as part of a $226 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion.

It also in­creased the seat­ing ca­pac­ity to 109,901 — up about 2,000 — to re­claim the dis­tinc­tion from Penn State of hav­ing the largest sta­dium in the coun­try. Ath­letic di­rec­tor Dave Bran­don said he sees the venue get­ting even big­ger.

Bobby John­son guided Van­der­bilt to rare bowl vic­tory in

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