UPDATE: Vandy’s Bobby Johnson retires

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE AP: Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson retired abruptly Wednesday as the Commodores’ head coach for what he called personal reasons.

Vice Chancellor David Williams announced the news in a post on the university’s athletic website Wednesday just before a news conference. Minutes later, the 59-year-old Johnson stepped up to a podium and said he was retiring from college football.

Johnson called it a very difficult decision but one not prompted by health concerns for either himself or his wife.

“Football is not life, but it’s a way of life and it consumes your life,” Johnson said. “You only have so many years to live, and you want to see a different way.”

Johnson’s retirement comes a week before he was scheduled to appear at the Southeastern Conference’s preseason media days, nearly three weeks before players report for fall practice and just seven weeks before the Commodores’ opener Sept. 4 against Northwestern. (entire AP story below)