Vanderbilt just fired its athletic director, after only one year on the job.
The university sent out a press release earlier in the day naming Candice Story as the new interim Vanderbilt athletic director on Tuesday.
“Candice embodies the Vanderbilt Way, which is our commitment to ensuring that student-athletes excel on the field of play, academically and in life,” interim chancellor Susan Wente said.
So, exactly how did Malcolm Turner not embody the Vanderbilt Way? Honestly, given it’s Vanderbilt, I think we have to give the guy something of a pass on the “excel on the field of play” bit, but academic issues? Player behavior scandal?
Forget it, Jake. It’s college athletics.
Rumors have swirled for weeks over unhappiness between Turner and Vanderbilt. The source of much discontent was Turner’s spending.
Ex-athletic director David Williams left behind a “rainy day” fund that sources estimated at $17 million. Turner blew through that in less than a year on the job.
A source familiar with the inner workings inside Vanderbilt athletics, weeks ago, said that there had been a spending freeze and that the department was running “deficits on top of deficits on top of deficits.”
Ah, that’s the Way we all know and love.