Warren Belin, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, has been named a linebackers coach at Georgia.
Starting offensive lineman Reilly Lauer and reserve wide receiver Collin Ashley are no longer with the Vanderbilt football team.
Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne acknowledged Thursday in his weekly e-mail to fans that some recruits and current players last weekend did indeed visit an establishment deemed impermissible by the university's rules and regulations.
In other words, they visited a strip club.
"From the technical part of the rules, I was kind of expecting that," Johnson said of the ruling. "But I thought we had a good argument on why he deserved one.
"They say you have to have episodes or injuries or reasons that cause you to miss two seasons and it plainly says in the rules that a redshirt is not one of them. Plainly, the injury caused him to miss 2009.
"But we (contended) that you don't count his (redshirt) year. He was going to make the team as a freshman. He was hurt pretty significantly about a week before we chose the team. He hurt his ankle. That prevented him from actually (playing as a true freshman).
ESPN.com is reporting that Outside LB recruit Chase Garnham has committed to the Commies.
Vanderbilt fans know him as the football player making tackles and catching passes on Saturdays, but to many area youth in Nashville, Jamie Graham is known more for what he does off the field than his heroics on it.
Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt led the way with four selections each. SEC Champion Alabama had three selections on the team.
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, Ole Miss punter Tyler Campbell and Vanderbilt placekicker Ryan Fowler were the only players to be a unanimous selections to the team. Vanderbilt’s Warren Norman made the squad as both a running back and return specialist. He was named SEC Freshman of the Year and second team All-SEC earlier this week.
Vanderbilt all-purpose standout Warren Norman became the unanimous Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year when the league head coaches mirrored sportswriters Wednesday by naming the Commodore tailback/return specialist as the conference's top first-year player.
The versatile Norman set several SEC and Vanderbilt marks in his first season in a Commodore uniform. He amassed 1,941 all-purpose yards, breaking the league's freshman all-purpose record set 29 years ago by Georgia legend Herschel Walker. Norman also topped the SEC with an average of 161.8 all-purpose yards, becoming the first freshman to lead the SEC in all-purpose yardage since Walker. Norman also tied a league record by returning three kickoffs for touchdowns and broke the conference mark for most kickoff return yards in a season, compiling 1,050 yards on returns.