VANDERBILT COMMODORES NEWS

Scripted Vandy ready to ride QB Robinette in season opener

Head coach Derek Mason has been a one-quarterback coach since Day 1 of his new tenure at Vanderbilt. That's why he and offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell were very particular in their months-long scrutiny and ultimate declaration that sophomore Patton Robinette start on Thursday, with Vanderbilt hosting Temple. After beating out redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary and graduated...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Commodores eager to win with new coach in opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Vanderbilt Commodores have a new coach and are ready to start proving that their winning ways didn't leave when their last one departed. Derek Mason makes his coaching debut against Temple on Thursday in the nightcap game on the new SEC Network With James Franklin leading them, the Commodores went 9-4 and finished in the Top 25 rankings each of the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt coach plans low-key approach for debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Mason knows exactly where he will be when it's time for his Vanderbilt Commodores to run onto the field Thursday night. Bringing up the rear, letting his captains lead their teammates through the tunnel. ''That's their football team,'' Mason said Tuesday. ''We are Vanderbilt. Our captains will come out, they'll lead...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Scripted Vandy ready to ride QB Robinette in season opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Head coach Derek Mason has been a one-quarterback coach since Day 1 of his new tenure at Vanderbilt. That's why he and offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell were very particular in their months-long scrutiny and ultimate declaration that sophomore Patton Robinette start on Thursday, with Vanderbilt hosting Temple. After beating out redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Scripted Vandy ready to ride QB Robinette in season opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Head coach Derek Mason has been a one-quarterback coach since Day 1 of his new tenure at Vanderbilt. That's why he and offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell were very particular in their months-long scrutiny and ultimate declaration that sophomore Patton Robinette start on Thursday, with Vanderbilt hosting Temple. After beating out redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Derek Mason: QB Patton Robinette to start for Vanderbilt's opener

First-year Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason kept the competition at quarterback running through spring practice and fall camp, but it concluded on Thursday night with the announcement that sophomore Patton Robinette will start the season opener against Temple. Robinette, a starter in three games last season, beat out redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary, LSU transfer Stephen Rivers and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vandy's Townsend the main link between Franklin, Mason eras

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There's nothing backup about Vanderbilt senior center Joe Townsend, even though that's how he became a Commodore in the first place. It came late in the initial recruiting class of former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who called the Middle Tennessee State commitment on the last weekend before National Signing Day in early February 2011. "Coach...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Vandy player moves on to WVU

A month and a half after leaving Vanderbilt a second time, Darien Bryant has found a new place to ply his football wares. While the school has yet to announce his addition, a source with knowledge of the situation tells CFT that Bryant has decided to transfer into the West Virginia football program. The tight end-turned-defensive lineman-turned-(?) will join the Mountaineers initially...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Recruiting: Vandy Transfer to WVU

According to sources with NBCSports, Vandy tight end-turned defensive lineman Darien Bryant will transfer to WVU and join the Mountaineers initially as a walk-on. While West Virginia has yet to announce the transfer, Bryant was expected to attend a team meeting in Morgantown this morning as his first official act as a Mountaineer. The offensive turned defensive standout graduated...
Via BlueGoldSports.com
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston and Vanderbilt agree to a home-and-home series

Houston and Vanderbilt have agreed to a home-and-home series.  Houston will host the Commodores on October 10, 2015 and then travel to Nashville, Tennessee for second game in the series on October 2, 2021.  The two programs met for the first time in the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl with Vanderbilt winning 41-24. Pic courtesy of University of Houston, The post Houston and Vanderbilt...
Via NCAA Football Zone
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt football program shows support for young fan fighting for his life

The Vanderbilt football program has been on the rise and only seems to be continuing with first year coach Derek Mason at the helm. wsmc.com shared a story about a 6 year old Michael Sloan who is a passionate fan of the Vanderbilt Commodores.  After being a loyal supporter of the SEC program, it is Michael who now has a team of supporters by his side.  The team has been there...
Via NCAA Football Zone
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt players still aren’t thrilled with the way James Franklin left

SEC media days kicked off yesterday which means that fall camp is just two weeks away. Vanderbilt was in the news earlier this year due to new Penn State and former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. A lot has been made about how Franklin took recruits that were committed to Vanderbilt with him. Sophomore defensive lineman Adam Butler represented Vanderbilt during media day and painted...
Via No Guts, No Glory
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Mason quickly putting his stamp on Vanderbilt program

HOOVER, Ala. -- It didn't take long for Vanderbilt football players to figure the difference between new coach Derek Mason and the previous coach, James Franklin. "I have heard a lot of times that Coach Franklin was considered a walking headline. He loves the cameras. He loves the media. He loves to be in the center of attention," Commodores sophomore defensive lineman...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt’s Adam Butler Sings George Strait’s ‘Amarillo By Morning’

Vanderbilt's Adam Butler sings George Strait's "Amarillo By Morning" while at SEC Media Days. Here's audio.
Via Gamedayr
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Listen: Vanderbilt Defensive Lineman Adam Butler Sings George Strait On The Radio At SEC Media Days

Plenty of the questions at SEC Media Days are dry and football-specific, and are given very safe answers, as is expected. However, there are occasional moments during these four days when things get weird, and those moments are the best. We’ve already seen the reemergence of Alabama championship ring-hat guy, who has now made his way to two straight SEC Media Days. Now, we have...
Via College Spun
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State coach Franklin thrilled by Vanderbilt’s National Championship

Vanderbilt won its first ever college baseball national championship on Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska. Penn State coach James Franklin was thrilled by Vanderbilt’s Baseball National Championship.  Franklin and some of his staff shared their excitement via Tweeter. So happy for my boy @TimCorbin, the team & his beautiful family! Well deserved, congrats to @VandyBaseball...
Via NCAA Football Zone
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Stanford TE Davis Dudchock to play for Vanderbilt

Former Stanford TE Davis Dudchock tweeted that he will be playing for Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-4 Dudchock played in 16 games for Stanford from 2010-2013, catching five passes for 43 yards and earned a Pac-12.  As Dudchock has already graduated, he is eligible to play immediately for his former defensive coordinator and now head coach Derek Mason. Excited to start grad school and play...
Via NCAA Football Zone
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 65 Vanderbilt Commodores season preview

The 2014 Vanderbilt Commodores and first-year head coach Derek Mason will look to build upon the success that former head coach James Franklin built in Nashville before leaving for Penn State during the offseason. Overall the Commodores return 13 starters from a season ago when they finished 9-4 and ended the year on a five-game winning streak that they hope to carry far into the...
Via College Football Universe
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt coach has awesome gold business card

Andy Staples got his hand on Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason’s business card, and it is wildly ridiculous. Check out the image which Andy Tweeted out today and tell me that isn’t a huge power move by coach. I guess if you are going to take over for James Franklin you want to show you aren’t here to mess around? Apparently all his contact is on the other side of the...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Vandy carries out Mason's competitive vision at spring game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before spring practice started, new Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason used an analogy for how philosophical changes on both sides of the ball would be implemented. He likened it to having his players drink water out of a fire hose, as the offense changed from a read-option attack to pro style and defensively from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 look. "Spring...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mason ramping up tempo, competition at Vandy practices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don't expect the Vanderbilt football team to take baby steps into learning the systems of new head coach Derek Mason -- on both sides of the ball. Instead, Mason will force-feed the information to the Commodores, who open spring practice trying to build on consecutive nine-win seasons and three straight bowl berths under former coach James Franklin. Offensively...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

James Franklin moves on from Vandy in enormous Penn St. truck

It looks like Penn State paid for James Franklin's moving expenses because he packed up from Vandy in an enormous Nittany Lions truck.
Via Gamedayr
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt Football: Strong recruiting class is a start, but ‘Dores still look up to UT

With a coaching turnover so close to the recruiting deadline, Vanderbilt had no shot of landing a top recruiting class. High school players would be scared away by the uncertainty in the program, and too many top players would simply follow Franklin to Penn State. That was the way it was supposed to go down. Too bad nobody told that to Derek Mason. Just 19 days after stepping in...
Via isportsweb.com
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt Football: Life as a stepping stone

This past Friday, Vanderbilt University hired the 27th football coach in program history, Derek Mason. Mason comes to Nashville with some big shoes to fill. He takes the reigns from James Franklin, a coach who has virtually transformed the Vanderbilt football program over the course of three whirlwind seasons. Franklin has left an indelible stamp on the Vanderbilt program. He’s...
Via isportsweb.com
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt NFL Draft Breakdown

CLICK ABOVE Produced one of the most productive receiving seasons in Southeastern Conference and Vanderbilt history... Concluded career as the most prolific receiver in SEC history... Named First Team All-America WR by USA Today and Athlons as a senior... Also earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, SI.com and CBSSports.com, and consensus First Team All-SEC recognition fro...
Via College2Pro.com
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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