When Bobby Johnson took the head coaching job at Vanderbilt, he had 60 wins and 36 losses, a 63-percent winning percentage.
Of course, coaching Vanderbilt rarely helps in that department. After inheriting a mess from Woody and posting three consecutive two-win seasons, Johnson saw his average plummet to a hair above .500. Cutler's senior season and the big win over Tennessee in Knoxville kept him dead even, with 71 wins and 71 losses.
The next season, he dipped below .500. After last season, another gallant 5-win finish, Johnson had an 80-86 record, or 48 percent wins.
One thing nobody noticed: The Auburn win got Johnson a single victory away from again hitting .500. But after two straight road losses, he's 85-88.
An 11-2 or 10-3 record this year would put him over the hump. Sure, that's wishful thinking.
What matters is that Coach Johnson is laying a foundation he can build a winner on.