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Vanderbilt football shakes up coaching staff

Joey Lynch will not be retained, Nick Howell demoted.

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

After a 2-10 season in his third year, Vanderbilt football coach Clark Lea elected to make some changes to his coaching staff for the 2024 season, per a release from the university.

Out is offensive coordinator Joey Lynch, just two days after AJ Swann and Ken Seals — the two quarterbacks who started for Vanderbilt in 2023 — announced their departures from the program. The offense’s performance this season really was indefensible, as the Commodores averaged 16.9 ppg in SEC play, and the regression and eventual transfer of Swann, who followed up a promising freshman season by becoming a turnover machine as a sophomore and getting benched midway through the season, was a mark against the guy who also served as Vanderbilt’s quarterbacks coach.

Additionally, the defensive staff was shaken up: defensive coordinator Nick Howell was demoted to secondary coach, while previous secondary coach Dan Jackson was demoted to an off-field role. Jamaal Richardson, who spent the past two seasons as a quality control coach, has been promoted to coach the defensive backs along with Howell. The release indicated that Lea himself will serve as the defensive coordinator.

What’s not clear is whether this will be the end of staff changes, or whether Howell and Jackson will accept their demotions.