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Pac-12: Stanford loses defensive coordinator

First Published      Last Updated Jan 17 2014 01:53 pm

For the second offseason in a row, Stanford football coach David Shaw has lost one of his coordinators.

Derek Mason, a former Utah assistant who was Shaw's defensive coordinator for the Cardinal's Pac-12 championship teams in 2012 and '13, was named Vanderbilt's head coach.

Last winter, Stanford lost offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to the Indianapolis Colts' staff.

Mason coached at Weber State in 1995-96 and was Utah's receivers coach in 2002, the last year of coach Ron McBride's tenure. He then landed a job at Saint Mary's, which dropped football. Subsequent stops at New Mexico Sttate and Ohio led to a job with the Minnesota Vikings, then Mason joined the Stanford staff under Jim Harbaugh in 2010.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent">Stanford's defensive staff includes former Utah State assistants David Kotulski and Lance Anderson. Kotulski also worked at Utah.