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Vanderbilt fires Derek Mason after loss to Missouri


Vanderbilt Athletics fired football coach Derek Mason on Sunday afternoon, following a 41-point loss and shutout at Faurot Field.

The Commodore's offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

"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," Vice Chancellor for Athletics Candice Storey Lee said in a statement.

The program hired Mason back in 2014, after he had served Stanford's defensive coordinator.

Mason is the second coach in the school's history to lead two Commodore teams to postseason bowl games.

However, the past few season have not reflected that, as Vanderbilt has won a combined five SEC games in the last four seasons.

College Sports / Mizzou Football / Mizzou Tigers / Sports Feature
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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie reports on both news and sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.


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