2013 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 2013 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represents Vanderbilt University during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Commodores play their seven home games at Vanderbilt Stadium at Dudley Field in Nashville, Tennessee, which has been Vanderbilt football's home stadium since 1922. The 2013 team is coming off back-to-back bowls for the first time in school history. The 2012 season was the best win pct since 1955 (.692) the nine wins was the most since 1915, and the 5 SEC wins was the most since 1935. The 2012 season ended with the current longest win streak in the SEC, needless to say this was one of the best seasons in Vanderbilt football history. The 2013 team was headed by James Franklin who was in his 3rd and final year at Vanderbilt.[1] It marked the Commodores 123rd overall season, 80th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 22nd within the SEC Eastern Division. For the third straight year Vanderbilt had made it to a bowl game the game was the first played after December 31 of the same year of the season. Vandy defeated Houston Cougars in the BBVA Compass Bowl 41–24. Vanderbilt finished with 9 wins back to back for the first time in school history, also for the first time was ranked in the top 25 of AP and Coaches polls in back-to-back years.

2013 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Vanderbilt Commodores logo.svg
BBVA Compass Bowl champion
BBVA Compass Bowl, W 41–24 vs. Houston
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
CoachesNo. 23
APNo. 24
2013 record9–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachJames Franklin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJohn Donovan (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumVanderbilt Stadium
(Capacity: 40,550)
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5 Missouri x   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Georgia   5 3         8 5  
No. 24 Vanderbilt   4 4         9 4  
Florida   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 2 Auburn xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 7 Alabama x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 14 LSU   5 3         10 3  
No. 18 Texas A&M   4 4         9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the seasonEdit

A small amount of controversy occurred when Vanderbilt canceled games at home with Northwestern and away with Ohio State. Letters were sent cancelling the games, with the explicit reason being the need to accommodate Mizzou into Vanderbilt's SEC East Division. Northwestern, like Vanderbilt in the SEC the sole private institution in the Big 10, alleged that the real reason was fear on the part of Vanderbilt to continue playing its Big 10 counterpart—a series which had been referred to as the Battle of the Nerds.[2]

On August 9, 2013, four players were indicted for rape and arrested. Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie were taken into custody and given a state mandated HIV test in connection with the Vanderbilt rape case.[3] All four men were charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They allegedly had sex with an unconscious 21-year-old victim in the school's Gillette House dorm on June 23, 2013. The defendants were dismissed from the football team on June 29, 2013 and banned from campus during the six-week investigation that followed.[4] A fifth player, Chris Boyd, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact and was dismissed from the team but not the university[5] for his role in helping to cover up the rape.[6]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year
James Franklin Head Coach 3rd
John Donovan Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 3rd
Bob Shoop Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Coach 3rd
Charles Bankins Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 3rd
Josh Gattis Wide Receivers Coach 2nd
Herb Hand Offensive Line Coach 4th
George Barlow Defensive Backs Coach 2nd
Brent Pry Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 3rd
Ricky Rahne Quarterbacks Coach 3rd
Sean Spencer Defensive Line Coach 3rd
Andy Frank Assistant Director of Football Operations 5th
Jemal Griffin Football Chief of Staff 3rd
Michael Hazel Director of Football Operations 5th
Matt Ruland Assistant Recruiting Coordinator 2nd
Joey Orck Offensive Graduate Assistant 5th
Tom Bossung Head Athletic Trainer 15th
Kevin Colon Associate Director of Student Athletics 3rd
Dwight Galt Football Strength and Conditioning Director 3rd
Chuck Losey Football Assistant Strength Coach 3rd
Kevin Threlkel Offensive Administrative Assistant 3rd
Luke Wyatt Head Equipment Manager 31st




August 298:15 p.m.Ole MissESPNL 35–3940,350
September 76:30 p.m.Austin Peay*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
CSSW 38–333,162
September 146:00 p.m.at No. 13 South CarolinaESPNL 25–3581,371
September 2111:00 a.m.at Massachusetts*ESPNewsW 24–716,419
September 286:30 p.m.UAB*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
ESPN3W 52–2432,467
October 56:30 p.m.Missouri 
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
CSSL 28–5136,892
October 1911:00 a.m.No. 15 Georgia
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
CBSW 31–2740,350
October 2611:21 a.m.at No. 14 Texas A&MSECTVL 24–5686,584
November 911:00 a.m.at FloridaSECRNW 34–1788,004
November 1611:21 a.m.Kentucky
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN (rivalry)
SECTVW 22–633,488
November 236:00 p.m.at TennesseeESPN2W 14–1097,223
November 3011:21 a.m.Wake Forest*
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Nashville, TN
SECTVW 23–2133,019
January 4, 201412:00 p.m.vs. Houston*ESPNW 41–2442,717
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time


Ranking movements
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NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
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