Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason took the Commodores bowling for the first time during his third season in Nashville.
The Commodores were beaten soundly by North Carolina State in the Independence Bowl, but Mason’s coaching stock rose from potential hot seat to coveted leader in the midst of a season that including wins against Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
On Wednesday, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman threw some cold water on Vanderbilt fans who were getting used to the idea of settling in with Mason for the long term. He reports that Cal, which fired head coach Sonny Dykes last week, may have some interest in trying to hire Mason away from the Commodores.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 11, 2017
What should scare Commodores fans most is the location. The former Stanford defensive coordinator has spent much of his career out west, and he’s quite familiar with the lay of the Pac-12. The Golden Bears could offer a desirable trip back home if he so desired.
Since Vanderbilt is a private institution, it is not required to make contract details public for Mason. That makes it hard to know what kind of buyout language may be in his contract.