Vanderbilt? Really? Listen, winning 15 combined games in the last two seasons is not easy, especially if you are the Commodores.
This staff has been able to do a lot more with less talent around them, and that speaks volumes to the job they have done. You can have all of the guys who get results out of five-star players.
Give me the ones who are making magic happen with the players that nobody else wanted.
Herb Hand, offensive line coach - Hand was one of the few guys who was able to survive the coaching change when James Franklin was hired as head coach. It was a terrific decision for everybody involved.
This is somebody who has had to coach an undersized offensive line (by SEC standards) and was able to produce a 1,000-yard rusher twice in a row with running back Zac Stacy. The Commodores finished 11th in the SEC in rushing yards, but considering what they had to work with, this is impressive stuff.
Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator - Shoop has bounced all over the place, from coaching schools such as Yale and Army to becoming a head coach for Columbia for a couple of seasons.
It seems like he has found the right place, coaching the defense for Vanderbilt.
Despite being on the job for only two years, the Commodores have finished their second-straight season with a top-20 defense.Yes, you read that correctly.
Again, give me the folks who make something out of nothing.
George Barlow, defensive backs coach - Guess which team had the third-best pass defense in the SEC last season? Nope.
It wasn't Florida, LSU or South Carolina. It was Vanderbilt.
Barlow was able to pull that off in his first season on the job. With many years of coaching experience and a secondary that returns a lot of talent from a year ago, it is going to be fun to watch how things shape up next season.