The Vanderbilt Commodores have reportedly found their new head coach in Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. According to sources of 247Sports, Mason will soon be named James Franklin’s successor, although an exact timetable has not been set.
— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) January 17, 2014
Mason has been with Stanford since 2010, taking over the defensive coordinator and associate head coach positions in 2011. He received his coaching start in 1994 with San Diego Mesa College, and has since had stints with several college teams, as well as the Minnesota Vikings.
Vanderbilt is hoping that Mason can keep the momentum rolling from Franklin’s tenure. Prior to Franklin’s arrival, the Commodores had been to just four bowl games in history. He took them to the postseason in each of his three seasons.
CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler reports that Mason has not been offered the job yet, but is scheduled to have a second interview on Friday morning with Vanderbilt. A decision will reportedly be made this afternoon.
From the sounds of it, the second sit-down is just to finalize the hiring.