Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew will not return next season, announced the school Friday.
Drew, 44, was hired in 2016 to replace Kevin Stallings. He led Vandy to the NCAA tournament and a 19-16 record in his first season, but the Commodores have gone just 21-43 in the last two seasons – including a 0-18 record in the SEC play this season.
On Friday, Drew had his first sit-down meeting with new athletic director Malcolm Turner, sources told ESPN. In what would be an unusual move, Turner sees transferring Drew to another post at school to avoid paying his buyout according to sources.
"Vanderbilt is obliged to compete at the highest levels on and off court" Turner said in a statement. "After careful consideration, we have decided to change the leadership of our men's basketball program. Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in an unusual way in his time here. I appreciate all the contributions Bryce has made over the last three seasons to Vanderbilt and we wish him all the best. "
Vanderbilt hired Turner in December, and he officially started February 1
Drew landed an elite recruitment class in 2018 led by five stars Darius Garland and Simi Shittu, but Garland – a probably top-10 pick in June's NBA draft – suffered a seasons ending meniscus injury in November. Vanderbilt was 4-0 with Garland completely healthy and 5-23 without him.
Before taking over at Vanderbilt, Drew Valparaiso trained for five seasons, winning four regular season's Horizon League championships and making two NCAA tournaments. Brother of Baylor coach Scott Drew, he was also assistant coach at Valpo for six seasons after playing professionally in the NBA and abroad.
He may be best known for "The Shot", which helped Valparaiso beat Ole Frøken by the sum in the 1998 NCAA tournament.