For the second time in three weeks last Saturday, Vanderbilt pummeled an SEC opponent that used to have its way with the Commodores.
And for the second Sunday in November, the embattled head coach of the losing team was handed his walking papers.
Tennessee’s Derek Dooley and Kentucky’s Joker Phillips were likely on their way out. But when their athletics directors and fan bases watched a rebuilt Vanderbilt program on the way up hang 40 or more points on their floundering teams, an immediate response was triggered.
The coaching change for which Vanderbilt could end up being most responsible in 2012 hasn’t happened yet. Auburn’s Gene Chizik still has his job for the moment, though most have been forecasting his departure since a 17-13 loss on Oct. 20 in Nashville.
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