Mason named Vanderbilt coach
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 05:52:58 PM MST
Vanderbilt wasted little time filling its head coaching vacancy, selecting Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason on Friday.
The opening was created when James Franklin left a week ago to take the head coaching job at Penn State.
A news conference is scheduled for Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., to introduce Mason.
"I am so excited to be at Vanderbilt," Mason said in a statement released by Vanderbilt. "This university combines the best of what's good about college athletics and academics. We expect to be competitive and look forward to competing for an SEC East crown."
Mason had a second interview earlier Friday before he was named as Franklin's successor. The 44-year-old worked at Stanford the past four years, including the past two as co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach under coach David Shaw.
"'He embodies integrity, strategic thinking and a demonstrated commitment to success," Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said. "He understands the important role that athletics plays in the life of a vibrant university, and that outstanding scholarly pursuits and top-notch sports are integral parts of the Vanderbilt experience."
Vanderbilt interviewed Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton earlier in the week, but he withdrew his name from consideration. The school also considered Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Offensive line coach Herb Hand interviewed for the Vanderbilt job. He may remain a part of the new coaching staff or follow Franklin to Penn State.
Vanderbilt, a program on the rise, is 16-4 in its last 20 games. The Commordores finished No. 24 in the final rankings after its second consecutive bowl victory.
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