Derek Mason hasn’t had an easy job coaching Vanderbilt (3-4, 1-3 SEC), but that has not stopped him from believing in his team wholeheartedly.
Mason assumed leadership over the program after former coach James Franklin left Vanderbilt behind to take the same job at Penn State in 2014. Mason’s tenure at Vanderbilt has been an arduous time with far more strife than success.
However, the trials he’s faced in order to climb his uphill battle have no effect on the way he sees his team, and he made that clear to them on Saturday.
“I’ve been watching this group – waiting – waiting on the opportunity for you guys man to step outside yourselves and figure out, man, that you can be one of the best,” Mason said during his pregame speech in the locker room. “But you know what, you’re still on the edge about finding out whether or not you want to commit to it. You better commit to it because you don’t know how many more times you can.”
He stilled the entire locker room with his heartfelt message before the Commodores’ 10-3 victory over the Missouri Tigers (4-4, 1-4 SEC).
Mason’s words definitely carried much weight.