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Vanderbilt sixth school to begin football coaching search as Caldwell steps down

In what may be on of the shortest coaching stints in college football, Vanderbilt’s Robbie Caldwell will step down from the position of head coach after Saturday night’s game against Wake Forest. Caldwell had taken over the coaching duties in July after the sudden resignation of Bobby Johnson.

The decision of Caldwell to step down came following a meeting with Chancellor David Williams. Both agreed that it would be in Vanderbilt’s best interest to have Caldwell step aside.

“Having the opportunity to be Vanderbilt’s head football coach has been a dream come true,” Caldwell said via statement released by Vanderbilt athletics, “and I greatly appreciated the chance to serve, and I gave it my best. However, after a lot of reflection, I’ve realized it is time for me to step aside and let someone else pick up the hard work and efforts of our staff.”

“The bulk of our coaching staff came here in 2002 and during that time our program has improved,” Williams says. “Under their leadership, we won a bowl game, scored some memorable victories over formidable opponents and helped put us in a position to add new facilities. I appreciate what Robbie has done here, and we all wish this staff the very best.”

Caldwell was probably never going to be the head coach for long anyway. He took on the interim role after Johnson surprised everyone by stepping down in the middle of the summer. Too late to orchestrate a full blown coaching search so close to the start of the 2010 season Caldwell was given an unenviable position.

The Commodores have won just two games this season and are among the nation’s worst in passing and scoring offense. Vanderbilt will join North Texas, Minnesota, Kent State, Colorado, and Ball State for schools who will be looking for a new head coach for the 2011 season.

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Kevin McGuire
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