ETSU thumps Vanderbilt, pockets $415,000 for the trip to Nashville

Nearly all losses are costly in college football. Just ask Vanderbilt.

The Commodores were steamrolled in a 23-3 loss to East Tennessee State on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

A blowout loss to an FCS program is demeaning enough.

It’s even worse considering Vanderbilt, for all intents and purposes, paid ETSU to blow Clark Lea’s debut as the Commodores’ coach.

Vanderbilt agreed to pay ETSU $415,000 for the game, according to the game contract obtained by the USA TODAY Network.

Such payments are standard in college football scheduling, though it doesn’t lessen the insult to injury.

Vanderbilt struggled in nearly every facet on Saturday and never found a rhythm on offense. Lea became the second straight Commodores football coach to lose in his debut, joining Derek Mason, who suffered a blowout loss to Temple in 2014.

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