Offensive coordinator to take over as Vanderbilt’s head coachOffensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as Vanderbilt’s interim head coach. The school said the search process for a new coach will begin immediately. In a statement on social media Sunday, Mason wrote: “It has truly been my honor to have been given the opportunity to teach, mentor, champion, and coach hundreds of Vanderbilt young men and one courageous female.” The female player Mason referred to in his statement is Sarah Fuller, who became the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game during Saturday’s loss to Missouri. Due to COVID-19 issues within the program, Fuller — a member of the Vandy women’s soccer team — served as the Commodores’ kicker.
Vanderbilt hired Mason as head coach in 2014Vanderbilt hired Mason to be the school’s 28th coach in program history in 2014. He replaced James Franklin, who left for Penn State. Under Mason, Vanderbilt has posted a 3-17 mark over the past two seasons combined, including a 1-15 record in the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores have dropped 12 consecutive SEC games — the longest active streak for a Power Five school. Vanderbilt (0-8) is scheduled to play at Georgia on Saturday and is working to reschedule its final home game against Tennessee, which was moved back by the SEC as a result of the pandemic. Vanderbilt has never had a winless season in its 117-year history. Reporting by Connor Grott
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