In case you missed it: Former Vandy coach Woody Widenhofer retires from toll booth job

Former Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer, left, and former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, right, talk before a 1999 game between their teams.

(Associated Press)

Former Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer, left, and former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, right, talk before a 1999 game between their teams. (Associated Press)

Anyone headed on vacation to the Florida Panhandle with hopes of catching a glimpse of former Vanderbilt football coach Woody Widenhofer working in a highway tollbooth near Destin can forget it.

Widenhofer turned in his notice in June, and he and his wife, Sabrina, moved from the popular vacation destination. Sabrina, who works for Spirit Airlines, was transferred to Dallas.

Widenhofer worked in the tollbooth for more than three years in perhaps the most bizarre occupation transition ever made by a head coach of an SEC football team.

The Pennsylvania native, who turned 70 this year, had come to love Destin after visiting each year for the SEC Spring Meetings during his time as Vanderbilt’s coach (1997-2001).

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climberNeeds2workATwendys writes:

hmm..I know several local sports writers that could fill that job.fits their skill level...

thevoice writes:

Experience Vanderbilt, and you too can work at a toll booth. Wonder what James Franklin would have to say about that.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Woody found a great place to "anchor down".

CrankE writes:

At least he wasn't pumping gas.

bobbarbilly writes:

A token coach...

aspenvol2 writes:

Keep that seat warm for your buddy Franklin

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Woody was a decent defensive coordinator..Heck, he was light years ahead Sansuri and would have come a lot cheaper than 800G's.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Woody was a decent defensive coordinator..Heck, he was light years ahead Sansuri and would have come a lot cheaper than 800G's.

Right you are! The rewards for failure weren't as high in Woody's day. He may never have made more than six figures, total, in his entire coaching career. Except for breathing hydrocarbon exhaust for hours a day, that wouldn't seem to be terribly stressful work. And as someone said above, he picked a nice place to spend a few years!

volistic writes:

Glad to hear he got this promotion. This just goes to show that you can always improve your position in life. I hear that James Franklin is also using Vandy as a stepping stone, and has put in his application at Burger King.

bUTch_please writes:

Give Windenhofer his props. At least he showed up to take the change. That's a lot more than can be said of Franklin these last three weeks.

arkyvol writes:

i can think of a former u.t.a.d. whose skills might have qualified him for this position, but i wouldn't bet on it. come to think of it, i can think of a former football h.c. and a former baseball h.c. who on a good day might have been able to handle the booths on either side of his.

tovolny writes:

THIS IS "NON-NEWS" which is a lot like "NONSENSE." I don't think I wanted to know this. Tell me as soon as possible when John Adams retires...now that would be news. Maybe then he would mow his yard and clean up his landscaping a little.

I wish I had just skipped over this and not posted; but, I wrote it so I guess I will just go ahead and post it. Just kidding John.

beartn#223846 writes:

1. Woody was a really good DC. His Vandy defense generally held their own even when he didn't have the talent to match up. Unfortunately for him, the offenses during his DC days really stunk.

2. From the tone of the piece, it doesn't look like he needed the money. People that age do tend to do better keeping busy than just sitting around.

cltvol writes:

It really is a good an interesting article if you link thru to it. Give me someone with a great attitude in a 'not so great' job than someone with a bad attitude in a great job. Woody embodies this. Good for him. Very frank and factual insights on the almost impossibility of getting hired in the 'network' when you are not in it or perceived to be over the hill. I now have an all time favorite ex Vandy and almost ex anybody coach.

John_10065 writes:

"I just wonder if they’ve changed the (admission) rules since (former chancellor) Gordon Gee left."

Best line in the whole article!

volforeverandever writes:

Vandy has always been a dead end job.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

Where are the usual Candy trolls on this story. I guess they are too busy sticking that anchor whee the sun don't shine!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to John_10065:

"I just wonder if they’ve changed the (admission) rules since (former chancellor) Gordon Gee left."

Best line in the whole article!

I agree, and Woody knows that they have. Hell, Vandy's recent headlines pretty much prove that, not just their recent success on the field beating bad teams.

tovolny writes:

KNS, please REMOVE THIS ITEM. It just dawned on me that this is somewhat CLASSLESS.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Took the job at 67. Nothing wrong with a peaceful setting in a place you love!! Way to go Woody.

Joe41 writes:

Woody is a class act. Probably too nice to be a head football coach, however, is a super individual.

volforeverandever writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

Keep that seat warm for your buddy Franklin

The state of Florida won't hire Franklin.They want people with a good personality.

rabidvol1998 writes:

Always respect a hard working man. Way to go Woody.

ancientvolfan2 writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Took the job at 67. Nothing wrong with a peaceful setting in a place you love!! Way to go Woody.

Dead on right, jhayes.

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