Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson retires abruptly

By: AP
By: AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson has retired abruptly as the Commodores' head coach.

Vice Chancellor David Williams announced the news in a post on the university's athletic website Wednesday just before a news conference.

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

The 59-year-old coach has led Vanderbilt the past eight seasons and went 2-10 in 2009. He went 29-66 at Vanderbilt and coached the Commodores to their only non-losing season since 1982 in 2008 with a win at the Music City Bowl that gave them a 7-6 record.

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