A recent meeting between head coach and player has left Vanderbilt with one less scholarship quarterback on their 2011 roster, the The Tennessean is reporting.
First-year head coach James Franklin confirmed to the paper earlier this week that, after the meeting with Charlie Goro, it was “agreed” by “both parties” that it would be best for the two sides to “part ways”.
In his comments to the paper, Franklin intimated that there were unnamed issues involving the player, words which make the “parting of ways” take on the appearance of a transfer-or-be-dismissed proposition.
“The specifics I’m not comfortable getting into, but basically from the time I arrived on campus there were some situations and some concerns,” Franklin said. “I wanted to give him every opportunity to prove himself under a new regime.
“Basically it comes down to this: We have a high standard for everyone on the team. But the reality is the quarterbacks are going to be under a different microscope, from a leadership standpoint with teammates to commitment level … all those things. We felt like internally it was in his best interest to move on.”
Goro was the No. 2 QB behind starter Larry Smith this past spring, although that came with an asterisk as projected backup Jordan Rodgers was limited by a shoulder injury. In addition to Rodgers’ return, the Commodores will also add three freshman QBs this summer. Amongst the young arms coming to campus is Lafonte Thourogood, who did a last-minute flip from Virginia Tech and became a member of Franklin’s first recruiting class as a head coach.
As for Goro’s football future, his family told the paper that he will be transferring to South Dakota where, oddly enough, he will play safety for the Div. 1-AA school. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.