Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason reportedly makes staff changes
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason will have to replace two assistant coaches as the Commodores will not renew the contracts of offensive line coach Keven Lightner or running backs and special teams coach Charles Bankins, according to Chris Lee of VandySports.com.
Lightner was one of Mason’s first hires when he became the Commodores coach in January 2014, while Bankins was the only coach who was retained from former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin’s staff.
The offensive line struggles in 2015 were partly because of untimely injuries, which put the unit in a bind.
However, the Commodores running game was highlighted by Ralph Webb, who finished fifth in the SEC with 1,152 rushing yards. Vanderbilt’s special teams was a weakness of the team this season.
Overall, the Commodores level of play increased in Year 2 of the Mason era. But there will be a lot of pressure to take a big step forward in Year 3, and the spotlight will be on Mason to make the right hires this offseason to help right the ship.