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Vanderbilt fires head coach Derek Mason

In an unsurprising move, Vandy moves on from their coach of the last seven years.

Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason reacts on the sidelines during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that could be expected, Vanderbilt has fired head coach Derek Mason today.

It is stipulated that Vandy is one of the most difficult coaching jobs in America, with the academic requirements of the admissions office as high as the lack of facilities are low. But the Commodores looked lifeless in their 41-0 loss to Missouri yesterday, dropping to 0-8 on the season. The game will always be remembered for the kickoff of Sarah Fuller, but the fact she only got on the field just once because there were no opportunities for field goals or PAT’s points to the larger issue in Nashville.

Mason sent a truly class statement that you normally don’t see accompany a coach when he’s been terminated.

Mason’s final record on the West End will be 27-54, including two minor bowl game losses.

The interim coach will be Todd Fitch for the remaining game against Georgia, who has been an FBS coordinator or assistant for over 30 years. For most of his career this century, he’s served as an assistant to either Lou Holtz at South Carolina, or Skip Holtz at East Carolina, South Florida, or Louisiana Tech. He came to Vanderbilt for the first time this season.