Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner has announced that Derek Mason will return to lead the program next year.
“I want to make it very clear that Derek Mason will be our head coach moving forward,” Turner shared in his announcement.
“Coach Mason has my full support and I am committed to working with him to ensure our football program has the necessary resources and support to succeed. We are in the midst of developing a new and robust athletic strategic plan with the vision to put the football program and all of our varsity sports in a position to win on and off the field of play.”
“Coach Mason is committed to leading Vanderbilt’s football program the right way and we will move forward in that spirit together,” the release reads.
The ‘Dores are in the midst of a 2-8 season with games remaining against FCS East Tennessee State and on the road at Tennessee.
Mason is 26-46 leading the program since 2014, with his best seasons coming in 2016 and 2018 where he led the program to bowl appearances and a pair of 6-7 finishes. Winning games in the SEC East has proven difficult as well, as he’s 10-37 overall in league play.
Back in mid-October, after an emotional win over a ranked Missouri squad, Mason reminded folks that he believes he’s built for the Vandy job, by stating; “A lot of people want this job, or so they think, but I’m the man built for this job.”
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Vanderbilt bringing back Derek Mason next year. I’m told the buyout on his last extension in February was significant. https://t.co/wE7oFrO8XR
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 19, 2019