For 19 years, Derek Mason was an assistant coach. Thursday, Mason will coach a regular season game for the first time as a head man.
The Vanderbilt coach, who spent the last four years at Stanford before taking over for James Franklin in Nashville, will lead the Commodores Thusrday as they open the season against Temple.
How will Mason respond to his first time on the field as a head coach? He’s sure of one thing: he’s not going to pull a Les Miles.
Mason was asked if he’ll soak in the moment in his first game: “I’m not going to be like Les Miles and pick up a blade of grass and eat it.”
— Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib) August 26, 2014
While he might not attempt to imitate Miles’ eating habits, mimicking the LSU coach’s ability to win games wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Vanderbilt and Temple are set to kickoff Thursday at 9:15 p.m. E.T. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.