Derek Mason, former Auburn DC, expected to land new job Wednesday
Derek Mason spent the 2021 season at Auburn, working under first-year head coach Bryan Harsin as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.
However, recently, Mason stepped down from that post amid rumors he was interested in the same position at Oklahoma State.
It appears those rumors were legitimate, as ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg tweeted on Wednesday morning that the Cowboys are expected to hire Mason officially by the end of the day:
Sources: #OkState is expected to hire Derek Mason as defensive coordinator. An announcement is likely later today. Mason, the former Vanderbilt coach, spent last season at Auburn. Big-time hire for Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State after Jim Knowles' departure to Ohio State.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 26, 2022
Oklahoma State lost DC Jim Knowles to Ohio State this offseason, so Mason fills a big-time void on Mike Gundy’s staff.
Mason brings a wealth of experience to Stillwater. Prior to his Auburn stint, Mason was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2014-20. He was a key defensive assistant at Stanford prior to his time at Vanderbilt.