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College football: Vanderbilt hires Stanford defensive coordinator Mason as new coach
First Published Jan 17 2014 07:08 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:34 pm

Nasvhille, Tenn. • Vanderbilt took less than a week before filling its vacant head football coaching position, announcing Friday the university had tabbed Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.

"I am so excited to be at Vanderbilt," Mason said in a release. "This university combines the best of what’s good about college athletics and academics. We expect to be competitive and look forward to competing for an SEC East crown."

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Mason, 44, has spent the past four seasons at Stanford where academic requirements and recruiting challenges are similar to Vanderbilt. He replaces James Franklin who left for Penn State on Jan. 11.

Stanford allowed only 19 points per game last season, best in the offensive-oriented Pac-12 Conference and 10th nationally. The Cardinal also led the country with 44 sacks.




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