Big news today, folks: Vandy's Bobby Johnson, notable for his Spurrier-killing ways, is retiring. Johnson's stated reasons are personal, so I'm assuming he's doing it to enjoy his hard-earned money spending time with his family. Vandy's respected assistant head and offensive-line coach Robbie Caldwell will take over for the time being as Vandy's head coach.
Frankly, as a Carolina fan, I can't say I'm too sad to see Johnson go. He's a great coach, and while I liked having a high-character guy like him representing the conference, I'm also a little tired of our struggles with the Commodores. If they could go back to being a doormat, I'd be fine with that; we really have enough trouble to deal with as it is.
That's not to say, though, that they will go back to being a doormat. Johnson leaves a good interim staff in place. It's a group that has had a lot of say in how things have been run in Nashville, so it's not like we'll necessarily be seeing a profoundly different team. Moreover, Vandy has plenty of options for hiring a coach that could keep the program on the up-and-up.
Some headlines on Johnson, which include some thoughts on possible replacements:
Some other news of note:
Update: Golson plans to attend prep school | GoGamecocks. This is fantastic news. First of all, we'll now hopefully get Golson. Second of all, he won't end up playing against us as an Arkansas Razorback.