Vanderbilt Rumors & News

  • Vanderbilt retires No. 1 jersey to support young fan fighting for his life

    Yahoo! Sports "Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has only been on campus a few months, but he’s already making all the right decisions. On Wednesday, one of those decisions included retiring the No. 1 jersey for the season, so it could be entrusted to the Commodores No. 1 fan, Michael Sloan. Michael, a..." July 18

  • SEC defines QB 'strike zone' for defenders

    ESPN.com "In a move to further protect players from dangerous hits, the SEC has defined a "strike zone" from below the neck to above the knees in which an unabated defender may attempt to tackle an "offensive player in a passing posture." "This is a player safety issue," said Steve Shaw, the SEC's..." July 17

  • Vandy officially adds two Stanford transfers, including OC’s son

    College Football Talk "In January, Vanderbilt announced that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason had been hired as the Commodores’ new head coach. In mid-June, it was reported that Mason had added a former Cardinal to his new roster. A month later, the pipeline from The Farm has officially produced not one but..." July 11

  • Oakland linebacker Josh Smith commits to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "The Smith brothers will play together again. Oakland senior Josh Smith on Tuesday night committed to Vanderbilt, where he will join his older brother, Emmanuel, who will be a freshman safety for the Commodores in the fall. The younger Smith made his announcement on ESPNU during "The..." July 09

  • Reports: Stanford TE Davis Dudchock transfers to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "Stanford tight end Davis Dudchock will transfer to Vanderbilt for his fifth year of eligibility, according to reports. The Stanford Daily, 247SPORTS and other outlets reported earlier today that Dudchock was not included on the 2014 Stanford roster and has enrolled in graduate school at..." June 16

  • Derek Mason carries Saban-sized expectations to Vanderbilt

    CBSSports.com "Derek Mason packed two suits for a business trip in January. This had nothing to do with diversifying his fabric game and everything to do with symbolism. The blue suit was for a job interview with Vanderbilt on a Thursday in northern Atlanta, the other was this black suit he wore from a Vandy..." June 06

  • LSU QB Stephen Rivers officially transfers to Vandy

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt has bolstered its depth at quarterback, announcing the transfer of former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers. Rivers, 6-6, 230, has two years of eligibility remaining. He completed an undergraduate degree at LSU in May, was granted the waiver to join Vanderbilt late Tuesday by the..." June 04

  • Attorneys: James Franklin contacted victim in Vanderbilt rape case

    Tennessean "Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape filed a scorched-earth motion Tuesday asking a judge to dismiss the case or reprimand prosecutors for destroying or failing to preserve evidence. In a detailed, 24-page filing, the defense team for Brandon..." April 29

  • Vanderbilt consults lawyers on player unionization

    CBSSports.com "The Northwestern player union has at least one major-conference private school preparing for the big-picture ramifications. Vanderbilt athletics has consulted with its lawyers about the dynamics of a union, what it might mean for the school and how to best serve students, AD David Williams told..." April 01

  • SEC Outlook: A&M's potential 1-2 punch, Ole Miss pass rush and Vandy's 3-4

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The loss of Johnny Manziel and Ben Malena at Texas A&M opens the door for a pair of returning running backs to make their mark. Implementing new schemes, changing positions and coming back from injury are also what spring practice is about. RBs could supply Aggies with 1-2 punch With so much..." March 13

  • Vanderbilt QB competition heats up as spring practice starts

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt’s quarterback competition is underway. Of course, redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary insists it’s just one more thing he and sophomore Patton Robinette will be battling over each day. “We’re the most competitive people probably in Nashville, or possibly the United States,” McCrary..." March 12

  • Vandy drops assistant after pleading guilty of drunk driving

    College Football Talk "Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not have a position on the coaching staff after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge on Wednesday. Tata’s plea agreement absolves him of a count of leaving the scene of an accident. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is expected to fill out..." March 06

  • Vandy drops assistant after pleading guilty of drunk driving

    College Football Talk "Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not have a position on the coaching staff after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge on Wednesday. Tata’s plea agreement absolves him of a count of leaving the scene of an accident. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is expected to fill out..." March 06

  • Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata charged with DUI

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to Metro police reports. A Davidson County affidavit states that Tata was arrested Sunday in Nashville and blew a .18 percent on a breathalyzer test,..." February 18

  • Ex-Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd: I'll explain rape case to NFL teams

    Tennessean "Chris Boyd knows he can’t change the past, so he’s spent the last six months working on his future. The former Vanderbilt receiver, who was dismissed from the team for his after-the-fact involvement in an alleged rape, hopes to prove he’s not the villain some might think. He also wants to show..." February 13

  • New Vanderbilt strength coach favors movement over mass

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt linebacker Nigel Bowden noticed a difference after his first workout with Bill Hughan. The stiffness he typically felt after a weightlifting session wasn’t there. “What I’ve seen so far is more concentration on flexibility,” said Bowden, a redshirt freshman. “It’s more about being..." February 11

  • After Vanderbilt signs 22, Derek Mason talks smack about Tennessee

    Tennessean "Derek Mason was satisfied and sure of himself as he stood on a stage in the corner of Vanderbilt’s new indoor facility and spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000 fans on Wednesday night. Then he talked some smack while being introduced at halftime of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee basketball game. “For the..." February 08

  • Vanderbilt achieves weekend goal of stabilizing commitments

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt’s focus last weekend was on reaffirming the football commitments it had. The focus this weekend will be on growing a 10-player recruiting class that has some holes to fill as new coach Derek Mason looks to close strong before signing day Feb. 5. The Commodores added just one..." January 28

  • Penn State paid Vandy $1.5M to buy out Franklin's deal

    USA Today "In addition to giving new coach James Franklin one of college football's most lucrative contracts, Penn State agreed to pay $1.5 million that Franklin owed Vanderbilt for early termination of his deal there, Penn State disclosed Friday night. The buyout payment, which Penn State provided in..." January 25

  • Vanderbilt hires Karl Dorrell as offensive coordinator

    CBSSports.com "Karl Dorrell will be back on a college sideline for the first time in seven years next season. Vanderbilt's Derek Mason announced the hiring of a number of coaches Friday, including the former UCLA coach as his new offensive coordinator. Dorrell went 35-27 in five seasons at UCLA before being..." January 25

  • Stanford assistant posts that he's Vanderbilt defensive coordinator

    Tennessean "Although Vanderbilt and Stanford have not offered official word, David Kotulski provided confirmation via Twitter that he is the Commodores’ new defensive coordinator. The following message was posted on Kotulski’s account @CoachKoto: “I’m very excited to accept this challenge to be the..." January 22

  • Derek Mason plans to win the SEC East at Vanderbilt

    CBSSports.com "James Franklin accomplished things that most other coaches were never able to do at Vanderbilt, and some have wondered whether or not Franklin's replacement, Derek Mason, will be able to maintain what Franklin built in three seasons. Mason doesn't plan on maintaining Franklin's success, though...." January 18

  • Source: Vandy wants Derek Mason

    ESPN.com "Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason is the overwhelming leading candidate to be named Vanderbilt coach, perhaps as early as Friday, according to a source. Mason, 44, met with Vanderbilt officials on Thursday and was scheduled to meet with them again Friday. He is known for excellence in..." January 17

  • Brian Schottenheimer to interview with Vandy

    ESPN.com "St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is interviewing Wednesday for the Vanderbilt head-coaching job, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schottenheimer, son of NFL coaching icon Marty Schottenheimer, was the OC with the New York Jets from 2006 to 2011 before joining..." January 15