Derek Mason is the “cool dad” in the SEC football coaching fraternity. Mark it down.
The Vanderbilt coach, who already wins points for his stylish clothing choices and always on-point hair style and clean shave, just cemented his status as one of the league’s most interesting coaching personalities during an interview with Peter Burns and Marcus Spears on SiriusXM’s SEC Network radio on Thursday.
It all started with the radio crew using a song from rapper J. Cole as the bumper intro music for Mason’s interview, which opened up a discussion about his musical tastes. After confirming he was a fan of the rapper, he took things a step further when asked if music was something he enjoyed regularly around the Vanderbilt football facility.
“I used to be a DJ, so I’ve got turntables at home,” Mason told Spears and Burns. “I spin music at night, and I spin a little music in the morning when I wake up. I’ll put on a little something. Sometimes I change it around. Sometimes it’s Kendrick Lamar, sometimes it may be a little Ohio Players. I’ll move it around.”
This revelation stunned Burns, who decided to take the interview down the path of Mason’s musical past.
“When I was in college, I had a late-night radio show,” Mason revealed. “It was ‘Midnight Groove’ from 12 to 1:30. I used to a lay it out in college. Afterwards, you know I would DJ some parties.
“For the most part I’ve always been a music lover. I love wax, you know? For me, there’s nothing like the crackle of wax. That’s really what I go to bed to and that’s what I wake up to.”
Naturally, Burns next asked for Mason to deliver a radio spot as though he were on-air back in his college days. You’ll have to listen to the audio (around the 2 minute mark) to get the full experience:
Mason did eventually get around to talking about his Vanderbilt football team that is coming off a 5-7 season during which it struggled mightily on the defensive side of the ball. Mason, who previously served as the team’s defensive coordinator in addition to his head coaching duties, has turned to former Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator (2012-14) Jason Tarver to handle that role in 2018.
The Commodores will attempt to return to bowl eligibility with the return of senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur on the offensive side of the ball.