Six weeks after being hired to his first head coaching position since high school, Vanderbilt’s Robbie Caldwell is ready to lead a team through the tunnel and on to the field Saturday night. All Caldwell is hoping for is not to trip and take out his Commodores before they can begin play against Northwestern. (September 3, 2010, Page 9A)
It may be a while before Derek Dooley can revive the Tennessee Volunteers into a championship contender, but he is trying and doing everything he can to make it happen sooner rather than later.
Dooley was hired from Louisiana Tech in January to clean up the mess left by former coach Lane Kiffin. The Volunteers may have gone 7-6 overall last year, but the way Kiffin departed, and the amount of damage he did to the program’s reputation in recruiting with the NCAA, left many feeling like the Volunteers were a sub .500 team. (September 3, 2010, Page 9A)
Life without Tim Tebow. That’s what Florida coach Urban Meyer is facing currently as he prepares his team for the 2010 season opener against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 4. Meyer, who has won two national titles for the Gators since he was hired before the 2005 season, said not having the Heisman Trophy award winner around has been different, but exciting because it brings a new opportunity for the team. (August 26, 2010, Page 7)
Gene Chizik made a statement in his first season as head coach of Auburn. He took a program that had surprisingly grown stale on offense under Tommy Tuberville and turned it into a more dynamic, cutting edge group. The end result of installing a fast-paced, spread offense was an 8-5 overall record and a win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
The Tigers amassed a school-record 5,613 yards on offense last year under Chizik, a coach known more for his defensive ability, and the hope this year is even better results.
There is no question that the offensive philosophy of coordinator Gus Malzhan can produce results, the bigger question now lies on defense and it’s ability to stop teams. If the Tigers can improve on defense where five of the team’s top tacklers return, then they may have a legitimate shot of winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division title. (August 25, 2010, Page 10)