Vanderbilt Hiring Clark Lea As Head Coach

Clark Lea, the defensive coordinator of Notre Dame, will reportedly be the next head coach at Vanderbilt. The news was first reported by Chris Low of ESPN and has been confirmed by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Lea played fullback at Vanderbilt in the early 2000s.

Lea, 38, will have a challenge at Vanderbilt after the school fired head coach Derek Mason. The team was 0-9 this season and 3-9 last year. Mason did not have a winning season and was 0-2 in bowl games.

Nonetheless, Lea will also have a chance to succeed there. James Franklin proved that it’s possible to win at Vanderbilt. He had two consecutive 9-4 seasons in 2012 and 2013 before leaving for Penn State. Nashville is also the best city in the SEC.

And here’s the official word:


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Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. In other news, new Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea announces “they” are are really a lesbian trapped in a man’s body and thus are undergoing sexual re-assignment surgery to become “Chris” Lea.

    Vanderbilt Medical Center will be performing the surgery during halftime of the Vanderbilt vs. Mount Holyoke football game in the fall opener 2021.

    Vanderbilt AD will start a “GoFundMe” page to raise money for the surgery. Vandy athletic dept insists this is not a stunt just to garner attention.

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