Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason is reportedly “drawing attention” for the job opening at Colorado, according to SB Nation.
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is drawing attention at Colorado, both for his extensive Pac-12 experience (the Phoenix native spent four years as an assistant at Stanford) and his defensive acumen.
It’s understandable why Mason is drawing attention for the Buffaloes job.
Mason has done a nice job at Vanderbilt. After winning only seven games during his first two seasons in Nashville, Mason has led the Commodores to bowl game appearances in two of their last three seasons. He also currently holds a three game winning streak over in-state rival Tennessee.
But while I understand Colorado’s potential interest in Mason, I’m not sure I would understand Mason’s interest in Colorado (if there is any).
Mason would be foolish to leave Vandy for Colorado. Right now, Mason is a well liked head coach among Commodores fans. And he’s achieved that popularity by winning six regular season games in two of the past three seasons. That’s not a huge bar to clear.
By contrast, the head coach that Colorado just fired, Mike MacIntyre, was the Pac-12 coach of the year in 2016. Two years and two five win seasons later and MacIntyre is out of a job. In the same scenario at Vandy, Mason would keep his job.
If Mason were to get offered a job at a major Pac-12 school, where sustainable success is possible, then I could understand him moving on from Vanderbilt. Especially since he’s from the west coast.
But to leave Vandy for a job that has less of a cushion than where he’s already at, and where it’s difficult to post a winning record on a regular basis, would be a terrible business move.
Mason needs to stick where he’s at and continue to embrace Nashville.
If he doesn’t, he’ll likely regret the decision for a long time.
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