=== Vandy names Derek Mason head football coach ===
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - 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