UPDATED: Mason has high goals for Vanderbilt Commodores

Nashville, Tenn- (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Derek Mason wants to make a few things clear. He has plenty of experience recruiting in the South, hopes to finish his career at Vanderbilt and has very high goals for the Commodores.

Such as the Southeastern Conference East title.

Vanderbilt introduced its new football coach Saturday morning a week after starting a search to replace James Franklin, who left for Penn State.

Mason says the Vanderbilt job is where he wants to spend the rest of his career. He also says the Commodores will win because he understands college football is about winning and Vanderbilt hired a winner.

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos says Mason won them over at his first interview.

Mason now has less than three weeks to salvage a recruiting class.


Vanderbilt has hired Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as its new football coach, wrapping up the search in a week.

The university announced the hiring Friday in a statement. Mason will be introduced at a news conference Saturday morning.

Mason, 44, has spent the past four seasons at Stanford where academic requirements and recruiting challenges are similar to Vanderbilt. He joined former coach Jim Harbaugh's staff in 2010 as a defensive backs coach after serving in the same position with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings from 2007-09.

He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach when David Shaw took over in January 2011. He has had complete control over the unit the last two years.

Mason replaces James Franklin who left for Penn State on Jan. 11.

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