Another SEC coach bites the dust. Vanderbilt just fired Bryce Drew after only three seasons.
Although the Commodores went 9-23 this season and were winless in the SEC, the move comes as a bit of a shock since Drew was doing what few have done before: convince five-star recruits to come to Vanderbilt. This season, Vanderbilt had two five-stars on the roster: Simi Shittu and Darius Garland, who went down with a season-ending knee injury in November. The ‘Dores have two top 150 players signed in the Class of 2019 too and a verbal commitment from Scotty Pippen, the son of NBA great Scottie Pippen.
Vanderbilt athletic director Malcom Turner, the former president of the NBA G-League who took the job less than two months ago, explained the decision in a press release.
“Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to make a change to the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” said Turner. “Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion in his time here. I appreciate all of the contributions Bryce has made over the past three seasons to Vanderbilt, and we wish him all the best.”
According to Jeff Goodman, the first meeting between Turner and Drew was to notify him of his termination and Turner had only attended one Vandy practice since taking the job.
At least Shannon the Dude is happy.