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  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 4 weeks ago

    A week after James Franklin decided to leave for Penn State, Vanderbilt has found his replacement. According to the Tennessean, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the Commodores’ next coach.

    Mason is a highly regarded defensive coach and was a key piece in Stanford’s recent run of success. The Arizona native worked at Stanford from 2010-13, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator.

    Prior to his stint at Stanford, Mason worked for three years as an assistant with the Vikings (2007-09) and served as an assistant at various stops in college from 1994-2006.

    Mason’s experience at an academic institution like Stanford should be a huge plus at Vanderbilt. And he is also regarded as an excellent recruiter and motivator.

    There's no question James Franklin set the bar high for Vanderbilt, and Mason has some work to do in order to get the Commodores back in a bowl game in 2014. This appears to be a solid hire for Vanderbilt and one that should help continue to improve its football program. 

  • By Steven Lassan, 7 months 4 weeks ago

    College Football’s 2013 season has yet to start, but the SEC is already planning for 2014. On Wednesday, the conference released its 2014 slate, headlined by a Thursday night opener on Aug. 28 between Texas A&M and South Carolina.

    Here are a few key takeaways from the schedule release: (Click here to check out the full schedule)

    * Texas A&M at South Carolina (Aug. 28) – Excellent way to open the season, but don’t expect Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney to be playing in this one.

    * Georgia at South Carolina (Sept. 13) – Another early season matchup between these two East Division rivals.

    * Florida at Alabama (Sept. 20) – An early preview for the SEC Championship?

    * Florida at Tennessee (Oct. 4) – A slightly later date for this game in 2013.

    * Alabama at LSU (Nov. 8) – Always huge SEC West title implications when these two teams meet.

    * LSU at Texas A&M (Nov. 27) – Thanksgiving night matchup between these two teams should be must-see television.

    * Arkansas at Missouri (Nov. 29) – Border rivals meet for only the sixth time…and the first time as SEC opponents.

    Crossover Games

    East Division

    Florida: at Alabama, LSU
    Georgia: at Arkansas, Auburn
    Kentucky: at LSU, Mississippi State
    Missouri: at Texas A&M, Arkansas
    South Carolina: Texas A&M, at Auburn
    Tennessee: at Ole Miss, Alabama
    Vanderbilt: Ole Miss, at Mississippi State

    West Division

    Alabama: Florida, at Tennessee
    Arkansas: Georgia, at Missouri
    Auburn: South Carolina, at Georgia
    LSU: at Florida, Kentucky
    Mississippi State: at Kentucky, Vanderbilt
    Ole Miss: at Vanderbilt, Tennessee
    Texas A&M: at South Carolina, Missouri
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 8 months 3 weeks ago

    Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff are on an annual coaches treat in Chattanooga, but that didn’t stop the third-year head coach from having a little fun.

    Franklin took the challenge of jumping from a 50-foot cliff into the lake, and it was all captured on film thanks to receivers coach Josh Gattis and player personnel coach Andy Frank.

    Check out James Franklin’s jump from a 50-foot cliff:
     

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