Vanderbilt Fires Derek Mason

By Matthew Filipovits on November 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm
Oct 19, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason reacts during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Vanderbilt has fired head coach Derek Mason after seven seasons.

Mason went 27-55 overall and 10-46 in SEC play with the Commodores. They got off to a rough start in 2020, beginning the season 0-8. 

The Arizona native was hired at Vanderbilt ahead of the 2014 season, taking over for current Penn State head coach James Franklin. Prior to his stint at Vandy, Mason spent three seasons on the Stanford football staff, including two as defensive coordinator. He should get a lot of calls for teams looking for a new defensive coordinator this coaching carousel. 

The Commodores have just one game left on their schedule, heading to Georgia on December 5. Offensive coordinator Tom Fitch will serve as interim head coach until a replacement is hired.