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Derek Mason Reportedly Emerging As Candidate For New Job

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason soaking wet after a Gatorade bath.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Derek Mason of the Vanderbilt Commodores yells after being doused in Gatorade after a 38-13 Vanderbilt victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Former Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason could soon be leaving the SEC.

Mason is currently the defensive coordinator at Auburn under head coach Bryan Harsin. A new report suggests the former SEC head coach could soon be leaving for the Big 12.

According to trusted college football insider Bruce Feldman, Mason has emerged as a top candidate for the defensive coordinator position at Oklahoma State.

Mike Gundy lost former defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to Ohio State at the end of the season. The Cowboys have been searching for a new coordinator ever since. It sounds like Mason could wind up being the pick.

"SOURCES: Auburn DC Derek Mason has emerged as a strong candidate for the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator vacancy. The Tigers ranked No. 4 in the SEC this year in fewest yards per play allowed," Feldman said on Twitter.

Derek Mason is one of the more respected defensive minds in all of college football. This would be a slam-dunk hire for Mike Gundy if he can get it done.

Mason's Auburn defense allowed 21.7 points per game this past season. The Tigers were stout against the run, allowing just 126.2 yards on the ground per contest.

Oklahoma State was known for its defensive attack this past season. The Cowboys will try and build upon their successful season, potentially with Mason now leading the unit.