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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Should Vanderbilt fire or keep Bryce Drew?

Blake Dover
February 16th, 2017 – Coach Bryce Drew during the Commodores’ 72-67 win against Texas A&M Thursday night in Memorial Gym.

On Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball team finished the worst season in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt suffered its 19th SEC loss of the season in the opening round of the 2019 SEC Tournament on Wednesday night, putting an end to a season of misery that came without a win since the calendar turned to 2019. The only other SEC teams to go winless in SEC play are no longer members of the SEC.

With the season now finally over, the scrutiny turns to third-year Head Coach Bryce Drew. After coaching the Commodores to their two worst seasons in program history, the question must be asked: should Vanderbilt fire or keep him?

There is a case to be made for both sides, and the debate will certainly be active in the coming weeks. Following Vanderbilt’s final loss this week, Sports Editor Cutler Klein and Associate Sports Editor Max Schneider each made their arguments in their own columns for what Vanderbilt should do with their head basketball coach.

Schneider argued that Vanderbilt should fire Drew after a historically bad winless SEC season, while Klein argued that Drew should get a mulligan on this season and should get one more chance to prove he belongs on West End.

Read each of their columns at the links below:

SCHNEIDER: Why Vanderbilt should fire Bryce Drew

A year that started with more hype, more expectations, and more national attention than Vanderbilt has had in quite some time, has now ended in what is without a doubt the most disappointing season in program history. And that alone is enough to pull the plug on the Bryce Drew experiment.”

KLEIN: Bryce Drew deserves one more chance, but with conditions

So, now is not the time to fire Drew. That doesn’t mean that the events of the 2018-19 season are acceptable by any standards. If Drew wants his tenure as head coach to extend beyond the 2019-20 season, there are some conditions he’ll have to meet.”

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Cutler Klein
Cutler Klein, Former Sports Editor
Cutler Klein ('19) was the Sports Editor of the Vanderbilt Hustler. He previously served as Assistant Sports Editor. He majored in communication studies in the College of Arts and Science. When he's not writing stories, tweeting silly GIFs or watching any hockey game he can find, Cutler is running the sports department of VandyRadio, hosting VU Sports Wired on VTV and covering the Nashville Predators as a credentialed media member for Penalty Box Radio. Cutler has had bylines on and
Max Schneider
Max Schneider, Former Sports Editor

Max Schneider (’20) was the Sports Editor for the Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, first as a staff writer and shortly thereafter as the Deputy Sports Editor. Max also serves as the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Television and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio.

He majored in communications studies and political science in the College of Arts and Science. Max has had bylines on and has previously worked for The Nashville Predators, The Players’ Tribune and Nashville SC. He has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 College Baseball World Series, the 2019 NBA Draft and the 2018 Texas Bowl.

Max is a native New Yorker and a die-hard Jets fan still holding out hope.

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Blake Dover, Author
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