Another SEC job opens up following latest Power 5 firing
After Saturday’s 41-0 loss to Missouri, Vanderbilt announced they are parting ways with head coach Derek Mason.
Sunday’s announcement from the university named offensive coordinator Todd Fitch as the interim head coach until a replacement is found.
Vanderbilt’s Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee, said in a statement,
“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. Derek cares deeply about the student-athletes under his charge. His tenure at Vanderbilt will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to our student-athletes, not only on the field, but in the classroom and as young people. This was a difficult decision, but I know this change is necessary. We wish Derek and his entire family the best.”
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
Mason had a 27-55 record during his time at Vanderbilt, including a 0-8 mark this season against only SEC opponents. The Commodores have lost 12 straight SEC games, which is their longest conference losing streak since dropping 23 straight from 2000 to 2003.
On Saturday, Commodore’s kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power 5 conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri.
Mason released a statement in a tweet Sunday afternoon, as well.
God bless and stay safe. 🙏🏿👊🏿#AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/zrvpTPaGyb
— Derek Mason (@CoachDerekMason) November 29, 2020