Stanford’s Derek Mason will become Vanderbilt’s new head coach, as first reported by

Mason was formally the associate head coach and defensive coordinator of the Cardinal, and he’s been with Stanford since 2010. Mason has been an assistant coach dating back to 1994, and he’s had both NFL and college coaching experience and is ready to become a head coach.

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Prior to hiring James Franklin, Vanderbilt AD David Williams targeted Gus Malzahn, and then he settled on Franklin after Malzahn turned the opportunity down. Williams targeted Mason from the get-go, and it came down to Mason and Clemson OC Chad Morris, with Mason getting the nod. So, Williams has been solid at identifying great candidates for the job.

Vanderbilt officials are now confirming the hire, and it was the best hire the Commodores could have made.

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