Vanderbilt's Athletic Director resigns after a year; department remains in disarray

By Ben Sundock
Feb. 04, 2020

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After just over a year as the vice chancellor for athletics, university affairs, and athletic director, Malcolm Turner has stepped down and will move on to "pursue new opportunities" away from Vanderbilt University.

Turner took the position on February 1, 2019 and here on February 4, 2020, Vandy has turned to Candice Storey Lee, a former student-athlete, to take over as interim.

Adam Sparks of The Tennessean broke the story early Tuesday morning and the university confirmed the news by releasing an official statement from Malcolm Turner.

Turner built up the NBA's G-League from 14 to 27 teams and formed the partnership with Gatorade to give them the naming rights while president.

Those five years with the NBA gave Vanderbilt fans hope that Turner could turn around the struggling football and basketball teams like he did in his previous high-power position.

That, sadly, was not the case. Had it not been for the baseball team's College World Series triumph, the 369 days Turner spent in office working with Vandy were a complete waste.

The football team was lucky to finish the season 4-8 and the basketball team has not won an SEC game in nearly two full years.

Candice Storey Lee has her work cut out for her in the coming months while the board of directors looks for a long-term solution. She will need to make some kind of decision on Derek Mason's future as head football coach and the hiring of Jerry Stackhouse for the men's b-ball team has drawn criticism.

At least Commodore fans can look forward to baseball season getting underway in just over a week.