The 28th head football coach at Vanderbilt is Derek Mason. The former Stanford defensive coordinator is meeting with the media this morning in Nashville. Mason replaces James Franklin who left the Commodores to take the job at Penn State. Shortly before being offered the job on Friday, here’s how Mason described the position at Vanderbilt.
“Who’s not going to say yes (to the Vandy job)? I think it’s a great opportunity to be in a place that does it right. James Franklin did a wonderful job of putting this program on the map. He made it relevant. That debt of gratitude is definitely owed to him.
“It is a program steeped in the right temperament, the right acumen for success. It plays in one of the best football conferences in the country, the SEC, and I think when you put those two together between the academics and the football acumen, I think it can be a winning combination.”
Reaction to the news:
David Climer: “The fact that Mason even returned Vanderbilt’s call is an indication of how much better a job this is now than it was three years ago when Franklin was hired.”
Chris Low: “What Mason has going for him is that he knows what kind of students are going to make it at Vanderbilt.”
West Coast reaction: “Stanford suffered its most significant loss of the offseason Friday…”
“The Commodores could not have made a better hire from a recruiting standpoint than the one they did…”
Don’t confuse Derek Mason with Derrick Mason – the former Tennessee Titans wide receiver. “It’s already started.”
News conference scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Central time. Watch a live stream here.