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Johnson's retirement hurt ALL college football

Posted Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 2:31 PM

Coach Bobby Johnson's unexpected retire left a big football void not only at Vanderbilt, but also in college football everywhere.

Johnson, in my humble opinion, represented what college football should be rather than what the game has become in recent years.

Forget his overall and Southeastern Conference record while he was head coach at Vanderbilt. I honestly believe he got as much or more from his available talent as any coach in the SEC. That opinion is based on the number of top high school athletes he couldn't, and rightly so, even consider.

Would he even have wanted to coach at a school where athletic ability was tremendously more important than character?


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Coach Johnson was just as you said. He put the players and the university ahead of everything else. He also made Vandy very competitive. Of the 66 losses, 27 were by 7 points or less. He will be missed by all of Vandy Nation as well as all of college football

-- Posted by vandy6 on Thu, Jul 15, 2010, at 7:01 PM

I absolutely agree! Coach Johnson was not only a great coach but an amazing role model and mentor for his players and for football as a whole. He also brought respectability and integrity at Vanderbilt and turn the program into a legitimate threat for any team they played. In the world full of Lane Kiffins and Nick Sabans, it was comforting to know that people like Bobby Johnson still existed who believed in hard work and discipline and being a man of honor and integrity. I will definitely miss him at Vanderbilt and can only hope the new coach is half the man that Johnson was.

GO VANDY!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 7:38 AM

I agree with everything being said. I have always been a Volunteers fan but really have admired Vandy and Coach Johnson for what they represent. I love watching his teams play, and they give all they have for him. He will be sorely missed. Go Sewanee Tigers, YSR!

-- Posted by eglnation on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 6:46 PM

Just another die hard Vols fan with a ton of repect and admiration for a man like coach Johnson. In an atmosphere where players and coaches alike with talent are often given a free pass for their lack of integrity and character, men like Bobby Johnson are the rare exception to the attitude of "win no matter what the cost." He will indeed be missed.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 12:40 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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