Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason on early criticism: ‘It really affected me and my family’

Derek Mason has gone through some tough times as Vanderbilt’s coach. Sure, the Commodores are prepping for their Independence Bowl matchup against North Carolina State on Monday. Their 6-6 record marks the best season under Mason in his three years at the school, and the postseason appearance this year is Vanderbilt’s first bowl game since playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl during...
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22 days ago

Five reasons to watch the Independence Bowl

Okay, listen, we get it. Most likely, you think bowl season starts on New Year's Eve. Maybe slightly earlier depending on when your team is playing. But regardless of whether or not you're aware of them, the bowls have already started, and there's plenty of college football action to get you through to the main event around New Year's. Food and football — they're a match made...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb sets school’s single-season rushing record

SHREVEPORT, La. — Move over Zac Stacy, Ralph Webb has claimed another one of your records. Vanderbilt’s talented running back claimed another coveted Commodores rushing record during the first half of the 2016 Independence Bowl against North Carolina State. Webb entered the game with 1,172 rushing yards, which was just 21 yards short of Stacy’s single-season record of 1,193...
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21 days ago

What Derek Mason said after Vanderbilt’s disappointing loss in the Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, La. — Vanderbilt played NC State in the 2016 Independence Bowl on Monday, and the results were not exactly as Commodores coach Derek Mason had planned. The Commodores dropped their first bowl game of the Mason era to North Carolina State by a score of 41-17, giving Vanderbilt a 6-7 record on the season. Mason’s team fell to a 28-3 third quarter deficit before rallying...
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21 days ago

NC State beats Vanderbilt 41-17 in Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Jaylen Samuels caught three touchdown passes from Ryan Finley, Nyheim Hines returned a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown and North Carolina State beat Vanderbilt 41-17 on Monday night in the Independence Bowl. North Carolina State (7-6) won three of its final four games to finish with a winning record. The Wolfpack built a 28-3 lead by midway through the third...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb announces he will return to Commodores in 2017

Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb announced that he would return for his senior season following a loss to NC State in the Independence Bowl on Monday night. Webb is the school’s all-time leading rusher and also set the school’s single-season rushing record during a 41-17 loss to the Wolfpack. Webb ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. This is a breaking new story. It will...
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21 days ago

What breakthrough? Vanderbilt doesn’t look ready for another big step in 2017

At the conclusion of the regular season, no SEC team outside of Tuscaloosa carried as much heat as Vanderbilt. Derek Mason used November wins over Ole Miss and rival Tennessee to undergo a swift transformation from potential chopping block victim to “it” coach, and his offense appeared to have reemerged from a two-and-a-half year stint in creative purgatory. Monday, the optimism fizzled...
Via SEC Country
21 days ago

WATCH: Kyle Shurmur/Ralph Webb - 2016 Camping World Independence Bowl Postgame

Vanderbilt fell to NC State in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Lawrenceville (GA) OL Jonathan Stewart Commits to Vanderbilt

Well, at least there was some good news this week... Vanderbilt may have lost the Independence Bowl on Monday, but the Commodores did get some good news this week. Happy to announce that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career @VandyFootball !!! #AnchorDown— Jonathan Stewart (@jstewart250) December 25, 2016 That’s Jonathan...
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20 days ago

DeAndre Woods, Andrew Jelks moving on from Vanderbilt football

With the bowl game over, Vanderbilt is starting to find out what next year’s roster will look like. The Vanderbilt Commodores’ 2016 football season ended with a loss to NC State in the Independence Bowl on Monday, and now some Commodores are making decisions about their future. Vanderbilt got some good news with Ralph Webb electing to return for his senior year, but since the...
Via Anchor of Gold
19 days ago

WATCH: Bryce Drew - LSU post-game press conference (Dec. 29, 2016)

Head Coach Bryce Drew talks about the Commodores' win at LSU in the SEC opener.

Vanderbilt recruiting snapshot: Commodores rise in rankings despite ugly bowl loss

A bad loss to NC State in the Independence Bowl didn’t mar Vanderbilt on the recruiting trail this week. In fact, the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class actually moved up in the latest 247 Sports rankings, despite the 41-17 pounding at the hands of the Wolfpack. We break down Derek Mason’s haul of talent, which now includes 14 athletes, as we draw closer to National Signing...
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18 days ago

Auburn basketball: Recap, box score in Auburn’s 80-61 loss to Vanderbilt

The Tigers didn’t have the start they’d hoped for against Vanderbilt and a poor beginning eventually led to a finish they didn’t want, either. After blowing a double-digit lead against Georgia in its SEC opener, Auburn again played poorly defensively when the team tipped off in Nashville on Wednesday night. The Commodores’ best player, Matthew Fisher-Davis, caught fire immediately...
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12 days ago

Matthew Fisher-Davis has career night in blowout win over Auburn, 80-61

This one was never really in doubt. Auburn came into Memorial Gym on Wednesday night with a 10-3 record. It took about six minutes of work for Vanderbilt to hand the Tigers their fourth loss of the season. Vanderbilt jumped out to a 21-2 lead with 13:51 left in the first half behind 16 points from Matthew Fisher-Davis, including four three-pointers, and Auburn never came within...
Via Anchor of Gold
12 days ago

WATCH: Bryce Drew Post Game Press Conference

Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew addresses the media after the Commodores' 80-61 win over Auburn on January 4, 2017 at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt 80, Auburn 61: This still looks like a Kevin Stallings team sometimes

Last night, Vanderbilt couldn’t miss and Auburn couldn’t make anything. There wasn’t really much more to it than that. If you want an easy way to sum up Vanderbilt’s basketball season thus far, consider: the Commodores are 7-1 when their effective field goal percentage is over 50 percent, and 1-5 when it’s under 50 percent. There’s only so much change that Bryce Drew...
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12 days ago

Red-Hot Tennessee Lady Vols Beat Vanderbilt Commodores 70-57 to Win Sixth Straight: 5 Takeaways

The Tennessee Lady Vols beat the Commodores 70-57 for their sixth straight victory. Here are five takeaways from the Women’s Basketball Volunteers’ game. The red-hot Tennessee Lady Vols continued their winning streak with a huge win over the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville. Holly Warlick’s team moved to 10-4 and 2-0 in the SEC with a […] Red-Hot Tennessee Lady Vols Beat...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt recruiting snapshot: Commodores rise in rankings despite quiet holidays

The holidays were a quiet time during which Vanderbilt didn’t add commits to its 2017 recruiting class. We breakdown where Derek Mason’s class is at as we rapidly approach the Feb. 1 National Signing Day. Where Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked Inaction can sometimes be a benefit. Vanderbilt rose to No. 64 in the nation, per 247Sports’ composite ratings, despite...
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11 days ago

Alabama basketball: Recap, box score from 59-56 win over Vanderbilt

Alabama didn’t start either half particularly well against Vanderbilt. But boy did the Crimson Tide know how to finish them. The Crimson Tide gave up 6-0 and 9-0 runs to start both halves, but a 22-3 run in the second half proved to be too much for the visiting Commodores. The big second half run was enough to give Alabama its second-consecutive SEC win as it beat Vanderbilt 59...
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9 days ago

Vanderbilt can’t keep Alabama off the glass, loses 59-56

The Commodores let a 14-point second-half lead slip away. Remember how the other night I said sometimes this still looks like a Kevin Stallings team? That applies in more ways than one. On Saturday night, Vanderbilt took a tie game at halftime, built a 14-point lead six minutes into the second half, and then watched the lead evaporate. Sound familiar? Vanderbilt shot 35.7 percent...
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9 days ago

Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 56: The kind of loss that just pisses you off

Vanderbilt had plenty of chances to win in Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night, and didn’t. There are some losses that are just difficult to accept. On Saturday night, Vanderbilt’s defense held Alabama to an effective field goal percentage of 37.3%. Normally, when your opponent is shooting that poorly, you should win, but that was complicated by the fact that the Crimson Tide...
Via Anchor of Gold
8 days ago

WATCH: Luke Kornet Interview 1-9

Luke Kornet speaks to the media Monday afternoon to preview the Commodores next game against Kentucky.

WATCH: Bryce Drew Interview 1-9

Head coach Bryce Drew speaks to the media Monday afternoon to preview the Commodores next game against Kentucky.

Former Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell wins a national title

A lot of turkeys are going to be inseminated tonight. Yes, folks, there is a Vanderbilt connection to the national championship game, and I don’t mean this... Clemson lost to Pitt. Pitt lost to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech lost to a team that will not be named at a NASCAR track. Said nameless team lost to Vanderbilt. Yes, I only needed three games for Vanderbilt to beat the...
Via Anchor of Gold
7 days ago

Live Blog: Updates from Kentucky basketball at Vanderbilt in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings from Memorial Gym, maybe the weirdest venue in college basketball, where SEC Country has you covered tonight for updates from Kentucky basketball at Vanderbilt. The Commodores are barely above .500 and the sixth-ranked Wildcats are steamrolling their way through league play so far, but UK has been stunned in this funky place plenty of times before....
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6 days ago
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