The Vanderbilt Commodores are making a change, finally moving on from head coach Derek Mason this afternoon. The announcement comes just one day after a 41-0 loss to Missouri. Vandy is 0-8 so far this season.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will coach the final two games of the season, one of which will come against the Tennessee Volunteers on December 19th.
Vanderbilt is parting ways with head football coach Derek Mason. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as interim head coach until a replacement is named.https://t.co/eaSfVhZOdy— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 29, 2020
We are parting ways with head coach Derek Mason. On behalf of the entire Vanderbilt community, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Coach Mason for his many years of dedication and service leading our football program.— Candice Storey Lee (@VandyAD) November 29, 2020
Mason finishes his Vanderbilt career with a 27-55 mark over seven seasons. He made two bowl appearances, losing both times in 2016 and 2018. Mason went 10-46 in SEC matchups.
It was always going to be a tough job replacing James Franklin in Nashville, who took the Commodores to new heights. Mason was able to rebound after a couple of tough seasons to start his time at Vanderbilt, but it ultimately all came unraveled over the past two seasons.
Mason can hang his hat on a 3-3 record against Tennessee, capitalizing on the Vols’ own struggles as a program at the end of the Butch Jones era.
It’s going to be fascinating to see who Vanderbilt hires here, because as we know, it’s a pretty tough gig.