On Friday, the Vanderbilt Commodores officially completed their search to find a replacement for James Franklin when they hired Stanford Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason as their new head coach.
As is usually the case with a lot of these searches, Mason may not have been the first choice, but the hire has been seen as an overwhelming home run by a lot of experts.
Saturday, Mason spoke to the media for the first time since being named to the position, and he had no problem pointing out that he’s shooting for the stars right off the bat by trying to claim something that Franklin couldn’t in three seasons–an SEC East Championship.
New #Vandy coach Derek Mason: "SEC East title, here we come. You've got to talk about it to make it happen."
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 18, 2014
Mason is seen as the perfect hire because he knows what it takes to turn a traditionally academic-heavy institution into a football power having spent the last four seasons at Stanford under both Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw.
With the talent being there to win nine-games at the very least, which has been proven the past two seasons, Mason’s claim of an SEC East title might not be all that far-fetched.