NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Maybe it was the great performance at Southeastern Conference media days that wound up with a standing ovation from some reporters. Vanderbilt has removed the “interim” from the title of new coach Robbie Caldwell.
Vice chancellor David Williams announced the news Monday at a Rotary Club meeting. Williams later said he had conferred with the Board of Trust and is busy finalizing a new contract for Caldwell.
“We are both pleased with this new agreement but with the season upon us, getting our team ready for Northwestern is the most important thing for our coaches at this time. We are excited about having Robbie Caldwell as our head coach and maintaining continuity with our excellent staff,” Williams said in a statement.
Caldwell was named interim coach July 14 when Bobby Johnson announced his retirement from coaching. The 56-year-old Caldwell has coached the Vanderbilt offensive line since 2002 and was assistant head coach in recent years under Johnson. He still faces the challenge of trying to revive a team that slumped to 2-10 in 2009 after winning the Music City Bowl in 2008.