Dec 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt set to Hire Derek Mason from Stanford

It appears the Vanderbilt Commodores have their new head coach to replace James Franklin after he left for Penn State.

247 Sports reports that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be named the head coach of Vanderbilt.

Mason, a Broyles Award finalist, led the nation’s third-ranked rushing defense. He was a Minnesota Vikings assistant before joining Stanford in 2010. Mason has been the associate head coach and co-DC at Stanford since 2011.

Stanford another academically strong school, was the focus of Vanderbilt’s search as the Dores interviewed Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, the former Stanford OC, but he’s since withdrawn from consideration.

The San Jose Mercury-News reported Thursday that Mason was a finalist for the job. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was also reported to be a finalist.

It will be interesting how this affects the recruitment of players that both the Kentucky Wildcats and Dores are targeting. 4-star defensive end Loyd Tubman is still considering both schools, as well as Penn State, and he’s the most notable 2014 recruit the two SEC East schools are targeting.



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