Vanderbilt’s search for the next Commodores head coach is extremely important. James Franklin, who recently left to fill the job at Penn State, took the program to a new level, and Vanderbilt has been competitive in the SEC East for the last few years. It appears that athletic director David Williams has found his guy, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason:
— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) January 17, 2014
Interestingly enough, this comes along with reports that they had offered the job to former Stanford and current Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton the job:
#vandy offered Pep Hamilton its HC job & had a private plane set to get him & his family this am but he passed to stay Colts OC, per sources
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 17, 2014
As a school with incredibly strict academic standards, if there is a school that Vanderbilt can use as a model for football success, it is Stanford. The Cardinal have won at least 11 games in each of the last four seasons, and have four straight BCS bowl berths.