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             === Vandy names Derek Mason head football coach ===
 Nashville,  TN ( - Vanderbilt has filled the vacancy for its
 head  football  coach on Friday, naming  Derek Mason the 28th coach in program
 Mason  has spent  the last  four seasons  on Stanford's  coaching staff,  most
 recently as the team's defensive coordinator since 2011 under David Shaw.
 The  44-year  old Mason  has led  a Cardinal defense  that has won consecutive
 Pac-12 titles and spearheaded Rose Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014.
 Stanford,  which ranked fifth in the nation this past season with 44 sacks and
 seventh  with 109  tackles for loss, was  one of five teams to allow less than
 100 rushing yards per game.
 "Derek  Mason is  the leader we trust to continue the challenging but exciting
 work  that  has elevated  the  Vanderbilt  football program  to  unprecedented
 heights," said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.
 The  Commodores have earned consecutive nine-win seasons and postseason Top-25
 rankings  for the  first time in team history under James Franklin, who signed
 on to become the new head coach at Penn State.
 "I  am so  excited to be at Vanderbilt," Mason said. "This university combines
 the best of what's good about college athletics and academics. We expect to be
 competitive and look forward to competing for an SEC East crown."
 Before  arriving  in Palo Alto, Mason  served as the assistant defensive backs
 coach  for the  Minnesota Vikings (2007-09), and coached wide receivers at the
 University of Ohio (2005-06), New Mexico State (2004), and Utah (2002).
 01/17 19:50:27 ET

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