Vanderbilt basketball coach Bryce Drew will not return next season, the university announced Friday.
“Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court. After careful consideration, we’ve decided to make a change to the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” said Turner. “Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion in his time here. I appreciate all of the contributions Bryce has made over the past three seasons to Vanderbilt, and we wish him all the best.”
Vanderbilt will begin an immediate search for Drew’s replacement. It’s a major move for Turner, who became athletics director at Feb. 1. But the Commodores are coming off their worst season in program history.
Vanderbilt went 9-23 overall with an active 20-game losing streak, the longest in program history. Its 0-19 conference record made the Commodores the SEC’s first winless team in league play in 65 years, and they posted the first losing home record in Memorial Gym’s 67 seasons.
In three seasons at Vanderbilt, Drew had a 40-59 record, but his past two campaigns were the worst in program history in terms of total losses. His 2016-17 debut season ended with an NCAA tournament bid.