Report: Vanderbilt to hire Derek Mason
Vanderbilt's search to replace James Franklin reportedly has ended. Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will soon be named head coach of the Commodores, according to 247Sports.
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted that Vanderbilt offered the job to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton -- and had a plane ready to fly him to Nashville -- but Hamilton passed on the offer.
Shannon B. Terry of 247Sports cited sources saying Mason was the first choice of Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and the school's search committee.
Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com reports that no formal offer has been made, though Mason will have a second interview with the school on Friday.
Franklin coached the Commodores to two consecutive top-25 finishes before leaving to become head coach at Penn State.
Sources tell @247Sports that Derek Mason will soon be named #Vanderbilt head coach. No details on when it will be announced at this time.
— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) January 17, 2014
#vandy offered Pep Hamilton its HC job & had a private plane set to get him & his family this am but he passed to stay Colts OC, per sources — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 17, 2014
Sources tell @247Sports that Derek Mason was the first choice of Williams and the committee. — Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) January 17, 2014