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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:
Vanderbilt officially announces Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea as their new football coach. pic.twitter.com/CujPcH6rZv
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