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Vandy readying to ramp-up coaching search

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On the surface, from what can be seen publicly, there’s been very little progress made in Vanderbilt’s search for a new head coach.  There have been a couple of names connected to the opening — former Miami coach Randy Shannon, Temple’s Al Golden and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo chief among them — but very little else.

It appears, though, Vandy’s in the process of rolling up their sleeves and diving headfirst into the coaching pool.

(We’ll leave it up to you to decide why somebody wearing a sleeved shirt would be jumping into a body of water.)

According to The Tennessean, vice chancellor of athletics David Williams said the school plans to interview at least 10 candidates for the job, and that the interviewing process began on Thursday and will continue through a first-round of talks with each coach on their wish list.  Obviously, Williams will not divulge the names of the coaches the Commodores have targeted.

Williams interviewed candidates Thursday and Friday, and plans to continue doing so through the weekend and into early next week.  Two candidates who may be of interest — Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn — will coach in conference championship games today, and could be in the official mix once those games are complete.

“We’ve sort of taken the position that if you’re playing in the championship games, we’re not going to bother you right now,” Williams told the paper. “There might be other people we reach out to after those games.”

The paper also mentions Air Force’s Troy Calhoun as a potential candidate, although he reportedly turned down overtures from Colorado earlier this month.

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