Vanderbilt Football: Derek Mason Named New Coach
Vanderbilt football lost a great coach when James Franklin left for Penn State. They did not wait long to replace Franklin as the team announced that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason would take over as the new head man for the Commodores.
Although Vanderbilt lost an outstanding coach in Franklin, they hit a grand slam with this hire. Mason spent the last four seasons on the Stanford staff—the last three of which were as co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach. The Cardinal finished either first or second in the Pac-12 in total defense in each of Mason’s four years on staff and in the top 20 nationally in each of the last two seasons.
That does not mean that Mason will not have big shoes to fill. Franklin changed the culture of Vanderbilt football. No longer is it the doormat of the SEC. It’s a competitive program that has gone to three straight bowl games and posted back-to-back nine-win seasons. This was while playing with a talent gap when compared to the rest of the SEC East. Mason has to continue to recruit like Franklin did and build on the winning culture at Vanderbilt.
It is going to be an uphill battle for Franklin who is already “stealing “recruits from Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt had 20 commitments and a 2014 recruiting class that was ranked in the top 25. But by Sunday night, the day after Franklin left for Penn State, the Commodores had three solid commitments. It’s common for recruits to follow a coach if he leaves for a different school. It’s not as common for this to happen three weeks before signing day. This will set back Vanderbilt in the future, but they should still have some success in the upcoming season. This could be an advantage to college football bettors.
From a college football betting stand point you could get some value in the Vanderbilt win totals. While the win total will dip with the loss of Franklin, Vanderbilt will still field a good team. They will most likely feel the effects of losing Franklin in a few years when the recruits that were supposed to come to Vanderbilt would have had an impact on the field. The lack of talent will not hurt Vanderbilt this season. So shop around at the top rated online sportsbooks and if you can get a good number, taking the over on the win totals for Vanderbilt will be a good idea.
Although Vanderbilt lost Franklin, Mason is a good coach and Vanderbilt will still have a very bright future. Mason will need to take advantage of the talent he has now to build a solid base to attract recruits.
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