The first lady of Vanderbilt football

Catherine Johnson, wife of Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson, spoke briefly with VandyMania after the Commodores' 49-18 win over Furman. For Bobby, it was his first win as Vanderbilt's head coach.

Catherine Johnson, wife of Vanderbilt football coach Bobby Johnson, spoke briefly with VandyMania after the Commodores' 49-18 win over Furman. For Bobby, it was his first win as Vanderbilt's head coach.

Q: What has it been like for Bobby this week? I'm sure he's been a little bit nervous and a little bit excited.

A: He's been very quiet, very focused and very intense.

Q: How much do you think this victory means to him, to get his first one tonight in this situation?

A: I don't think it could have been any bigger. It was huge! We've been worrying about this one since Bobby took the job, and I've been worried about it a lot.

Q: Does Bobby have a gameday ritual? Do you see him on gamedays before the game?

A: No, because he spends the night before with the team, even if it's a home game. He does try to call me if it's a night game like today. If it's a day game, he has no time, since there's back-to-back meetings. But I generally don't see him until after the game.


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