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Vanderbilt fires Bryce Drew

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.


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23 Comments for Vanderbilt fires Bryce Drew

  1. wildcatdude
    9:44 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Who do they think they are going to get, that is better than Bryce Drew?

    • Aar
      10:31 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

      The AD is the former commissioner of the NBA G-League. Pretty certain he has a decent candidate pool already.

    • syrin23
      1:18 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

      Doubtful, and even if they do, can they recruit? Vandy will never get the same caliber of recruits again in the next 20 years, and ou cannot get to the next level without the players. Incredibly dumb move.

  2. Larkin123
    9:59 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    I heard they were hiring that guy with the double lung transplant and cigar….

  3. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:07 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe Drew would want to be a U.K. assistant…

    • sdchar01
      10:53 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

      If Joel Justus gets the Appalachian State Job, how great would it be to get Drew to take his place? He is a proven recruiter, great coach and he could maintain the legacy at UK. I am sure he will be offered a head coaching job soon.

  4. BigJohnC
    10:12 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Hmmm… they’re making a mistake. Vandy was a threat this year. Unfortunate injury shouldn’t cost you your job

  5. bbn606
    10:27 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Tough business to be in. Best player goes down and you are toast.

  6. StuckinLville
    10:29 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah i don’t agree with this. The new AD only set the program back.

  7. recliner coach
    10:37 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Probably had a coach he was bringing with him when he took the job.

    • makeitstop
      10:41 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

      Undoubtedly. Now all he has to do is create some fake classes to keep kids eligible and he can re-create his days at Carolina.

  8. makeitstop
    10:39 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Turner is a UNC guy, who never played or coached. He’s a marketing guy, a lawyer, and deal guy. He wouldn’t know a good coach from a box of bisquick. The notion that ur first meeting w a guy is to fire him is not what Vandy is supposed to be about. That’s my lawschool alma mater, and I for one am not impressed w Mr. Turner.

  9. binarysolo
    10:56 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Rick Byrd won’t even have to move.

    • 1IH
      1:40 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

      This ^^^^^^^^^

  10. UKfanman01
    11:01 am March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe they can hit up Crean if he loses his job lol

    • UKCatAttack
      12:05 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

      Anthony Edwards saved him for at least one more year.

    • gasman01
      12:15 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

      I still don’t understand that one.. Georgia?????

  11. Smyrna_Cat
    1:02 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

    If you get 5-star recruits and can’t win a game in the SEC, that isn’t a good combination.

    Not too surprised, but thought they might give him one more year.

  12. BigBlue4Three
    1:05 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

    How long before their recruiting violations become public knowledge?

  13. CoachCat
    3:55 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

    I’m trading Barbee for Drew in a heartbeat

  14. RAGE
    5:16 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

    Ah he can always get a job for his brother at Baylor!!!

    • RAGE
      5:19 pm March 22, 2019 Permalink

      But I expected big things from him and thought he was going to do good things when Vandy hired him… but that is how it goes sometimes might not have been a good fit… I wouldn’t mind to see him come to Kentucky and be an assistant here for a few years and help with recruiting…

  15. zoupman
    4:42 am March 23, 2019 Permalink

    I think they made a mistake. New AD could be getting fired himself in 3 years.