Derek Mason hasn't really gotten things going yet at Vanderbilt. Taking over for James Franklin, the Commodores are just 18-31 in four years under Mason, with one trip to a bowl game.
That hasn't deterred him from being confident heading into the 2018 season.
Vanderbilt has a huge non-conference test in Week 3. The 'Dores head up to South Bend on September 15 to face Notre Dame.
During SEC Media Days this week, Mason was sure to note that he's not worried about that road trip, implying that the environment at Notre Dame Stadium doesn't compare to what Vanderbilt faces every year in the SEC.
Naturally, Notre Dame fans are not happy with Derek Mason at all.
That quote made its way to the Notre Dame corner of the internet. They were not amused, especially coming from a coach nearing the hot seat at one of the SEC's weakest programs.
At another point in his press conference, Mason remarked that "nobody is talking about" his Vanderbilt team, in the larger SEC conversation.
With his comments about Notre Dame, he's definitely trying to change that, at least for a few days. Of course, none of it matters of the Commodores don't have a good showing in South Bend.
The two teams have only faced off twice before. In 1996, Notre Dame opened its season on the road at Vanderbilt, winning 14-7. The year before, the Fighting Irish blanked the 'Dores in South Bend, 41-0.