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New Vandy OC Des Kitchings: I was surprised, timing and decision

Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell has made a change to his offensive staff by making running backs coach Des Kitchings his new offensive coordinator. Jimmy Kiser will continue to coach the quarterbacks.

Caldwell informed Kitchings of the move on Sunday.

Kitchings said, “I was (surprised). That (timing) and just the decision. I’m not coming to work on Sunday thinking I’m going to be the offensive coordinator.”

Vanderbilt is coming off a 21-7 loss to South Carolina. The Commodores are ranked 105th nationally in both total offense and scoring offense (18.8 points per game). 

Caldwell said, "Des is a great coach, who is a student of the game. He has a great deal of experience and has paid his dues here. In my years of coaching, I've never seen someone take to it as quickly as he has. He is excited and our staff is excited. I think our players will be refreshed and ready to play for him."

Kitchings (33), is in the 7th season of coaching. He has served as the running backs coach on the Vanderbilt staff since 2008.

Kitchings said, “In football, you have to win first down and third down. If you win first down, you have a good chance to win third down.”

Vanderbilt travels to Arkansas this Saturday.