Looks like Mason's the man for Vandy

He's made a name for himself as one of the nation's top defensive coordinators. Now it looks like Derek Mason is going to take his talents to Nashville and work to take Vanderbilt to the next level.. and that would be an SEC Championship level. NOTE: It's now official, Derek Mason is Vanderbilt's new head coach.

Multiple reports indicate that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be Vanderbilt's next head coach.

Mason commented to Tennessean Vanderbilt beat writer Jeff Lockridge on Friday, saying "Who's not going to say 'yes'? Very interested and excited about possibility."

Other reports say that a second interview was conducted with Mason on Friday. Some reports even say he's already been hired.

Securing the services of Mason would be huge for Vanderbilt. Mason is well known for his defensive knowledge and is considered an expert at stopping the read option. He has used both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive sets in his defenses. Vanderbilt has used mostly 4-3 sets since Bobby Johnson took over for Woody Widenhoffer in 2002.

Mason has extensive experience working for successful football programs. In addition to his four years at the highly respected and winning Stanford program, Mason has served stints with the Minnesota Vikings, University of Utah, and Ohio. No, he hasn't coached in the SEC yet but neither had James Franklin.

Also, similarly to Franklin, Mason is a young coach who is full of energy and is dedicated to victory. Commodore players need a man they can rally around and Mason should fill that void.

One word we don't want to hear out of Mason's mouth is the word "rebuild". Mason should be aiming towards a bowl appearance for Vandy in 2014. No excuses.

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