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Vanderbilt football offensive coordinator Joey Lynch fired | Reports

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Vanderbilt football has fired offensive coordinator Joey Lynch, according to reports Wednesday evening.

Lynch led an offense that regressed throughout the 2023 season. The Commodores scored more than 21 points only twice in SEC play: the conference opener against Kentucky, and the conference finale against Tennessee. Both games came with AJ Swann starting at quarterback; Swann did not play in the other six SEC games.

Both starting quarterbacks, Swann and Ken Seals, announced intentions to enter the transfer portal shortly after the end of the season.

The school newspaper, the Vanderbilt Hustler, and 247Sports both reported the firing.

Lynch was part of Lea’s original staff hired prior to the 2021 season. Originally hired as quarterbacks coach, he took over playcalling duties before a single game in 2021.

Vanderbilt’s quarterback situation has been a roller coaster throughout those three years. In 23 of 36 games in Lynch’s tenure, the Commodores have played multiple quarterbacks. Some of that has been due to injuries, especially in 2021, but throughout 2022 and 2023, Vanderbilt has not been able to settle on a starting quarterback.

After Swann’s benching, due to a combination of injuries and too many turnovers, the Commodores turned to a combination of Seals and Walter Taylor, but neither one played particularly well. Lea referenced multiple times in postgame press conferences that the team tended towards conservative gameplans to avoid turnovers.

Lynch’s firing is the second staff change of the offseason. Vanderbilt previously fired strength coach Brandon Hourigan.

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Aria Gerson covers Vanderbilt athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at agerson@gannett.com or on Twitter @aria_gerson.

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