Vandy’s Johnson abruptly retires
Coach says job ‘consumes your life’; Caldwell takes over
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.
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