Derek Mason Fired By Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt football announced today that head coach Derek Mason has been fired and that offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will be the interim head coach.

“On behalf of the entire Vanderbilt community, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Coach Mason for his many years of dedication and service leading our football program,” Vanderbilt AD Candice Storey Lee said in a statement. “Derek cares deeply about the student-athletes under his charge. His tenure at Vanderbilt will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to our student-athletes, not only on the field, but in the classroom and as young people.”

Mason became head coach of Vanderbilt in 2014 and under his leadership the Commodores went 27-55.

The team is 0-8 this season and Saturday’s 41-0 defeat at the hands of Missouri — not exactly a powerhouse like Alabama — was what sealed Mason’s fate.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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    • Pathetic publicity stunt and rightfully so they FIRED him!! What a debacle. Furthermore by doing this they opened door for Male athletes to compete for D1 female sports scholarships. The pc mob will always destroy itself lol

      Case in point: Nate Robinson is a phenomenal basketball player and a an embarrassment in boxing ring. A soccer player playing football? Why don’t all football players off season then take soccer scholarships???

  1. No talent, no money put into the program. The SEC should eject Vandy from their conference and bring in UCF. Or some place where they don’t have the gall to pretend to be an Ivy League school while playing in a conference that actually puts money into their athletics.

  2. Lou Holtz had a great line about the media which also fits the Twitter mob perfectly “they can’t hurt you when you’re winning, and they can’t help you when you’re losing.”

    Hard work, skill and success still means something in this country, though obviously there’s a growing movement to discard all of them.

  3. Yeah, Sarah Fuller “participated” in a FBS college football game. Boise State has a Labrador Retriever run onto the field and fetch the kicking tee after every kickoff. I think the dog deserves more kudos.

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