Vanderbilt Rumors & News

  • Vanderbilt QBs ‘separated themselves’ in spring

    Tennessean "New Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said the starting quarterback will become “crystal clear” in time, but he’s not tipping his hand heading into Saturday’s Black & Gold Spring Game. Junior Patton Robinette, sophomore Johnny McCrary, sophomore Wade Freebeck and redshirt freshman..." March 20

  • Report: Attorneys for Vandy player seek to have rape verdict dashed

    Fox Sports - College Football "Defense attorneys for former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg, who along with ex-teammate Cory Batey was convicted of rape on Wednesday, are reportedly seeking to have the verdict tossed. According to NewsChannel 5 (, the defense claims to have learned that one of the..." January 31

  • 2 ex-Vanderbilt players convicted in rape trial

    The Score "A Nashville jury has found ex-Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg guilty of raping a former student in a campus dorm room in June 2013. Batey, 21, was found guilty on all seven counts he faced, while Vandenburg, also 21, was found guilty on all nine counts, including..." January 28

  • Former Vandy player accuses ex-teammate of initiating rape

    College Football Talk "The Vanderbilt rape case gets worse the more we learn about it. Taking the stand in a Nashville court today, former Commodore wideout Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie accused former teammate Brandon Vandenburg of initiating the alleged June 2013 sexual assault that left four ex-Vanderbilt players, Cory..." January 20

  • Vanderbilt's Derek Mason completes staff makeover "It wasn’t the kind of debut season that Derek Mason or anybody at Vanderbilt was hoping for, but Mason already feels better about his second go-round as head coach because of the way he’s been able to restructure his coaching staff. Mason announced on Monday that former Dartmouth assistant and..." January 20

  • QB Stephen Rivers to leave Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers tweeted today that he has been granted his release by the school. Rivers posted: "I have been granted a release from Vanderbilt. I am very appreciative of the opportunity they gave me. Wish everyone there the best. I am looking forward to playing and..." January 19

  • Former four-star TE transfers from Vanderbilt to Colorado State

    College Football Talk "The Colorado State Rams don’t have a head coach yet, but they’ve already landed a big commitment. Tight end Mitchell Parsons was one of the crown jewels in the Vanderbilt Commodores’ 2013 recruiting class. The former four-star recruit was considered the nation’s seventh-best tight end prospect,..." December 20

  • Vandy releases Karl Dorrell, two other coaches

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt announced the release of offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, wide receivers coach Marc Lubick and strength coach Bill Hughan on Wednesday. All three served one season at Vanderbilt under first-year head coach Derek Mason. Dorrell and Lubick were casualties of a coaching staff that..." December 03

  • Vanderbilt RB Jerron Seymour dismissed

    Yahoo! Sports "Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour is no longer on the team. Seymour was dismissed by Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. The school confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday, which, per, was for a violation of team rules. The junior was Vanderbilt's best running back in 2013, but..." November 20

  • Redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary to become Vandy's 4th starting QB this season

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary will get his first career start at Missouri on Saturday. Coach Derek Mason named McCrary the starter Tuesday, giving the Commodores their fourth different starting quarterback this season. Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4 SEC) will play at Missouri..." October 22

  • Vanderbilt dismisses running back, loses cornerback

    College Football Talk "A few weeks after being indefinitely suspended, Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow has now officially been dismissed by the team. In addition, cornerback Paris Head has opted to leave the football program on much better mutual terms. Kimbrow was suspended by head coach Derek Mason on an..." October 16

  • New sexual assault claim surfaces in Vandy football rape case

    Tennessean "A separate sex assault investigation at Gillette Hall at Vanderbilt University surfaced in court Thursday during a hearing for four former football players indicted on rape charges. The four ex-players are charged in what police said was the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in..." October 10

  • Vandy WR Cunningham takes leave of absence

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt sophomore receiver Jordan Cunningham has taken a leave of absence from the team due to personal reasons, according to coach Derek Mason. Cunningham is still enrolled in school and plans to finish this semester, according to Vanderbilt spokesman Larry Leathers. "Jordan has taken a..." September 25

  • Freebeck expected to get quarterback start today

    Vanderbilt Commodores "Wade Freebeck is expected to get the starting assignment at quarterback today as Vanderbilt hosts Massachusetts in an early kickoff on campus. Freebeck, from Davie, Fla., would become just the fifth true freshman to start at quarterback for the Commodores and the first since 1998 when David..." September 13

  • Suspect in Vandy rape case removed from CA football team

    WSMV - Nashville "Butte College in California has removed Brandon Banks, one of the four men charged in the Vanderbilt rape case, from its football team after the Channel 4 I-Team asked questions about why he was able to play. Despite facing five counts of aggravated rape, the I-Team had just learned Banks was..." September 12

  • Report: Vandy buys out of 2018 game at UMass

    College Football Talk "As part of the SEC’s non-conference scheduling requirement for all conference members, each school’s football schedule must include at least one game against an opponent from another power conference. Vanderbilt could be working on setting something up to meet that requirement. Vanderbilt..." September 10

  • Scripted Vandy ready to ride QB Robinette in season opener

    Fox Sports Tennessee "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..." August 28

  • 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..." August 22

  • Dare Odeyingbo verbally commits to Vanderbilt over Texas Tech, others

    Dallas Morning News "Irving Cistercian athlete Dare Odeyingbo committed to Vanderbilt on Saturday night. The three-star prospect chose the Commodores over Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and others. “Coach (Derek) Mason said they were very impressed with my physicality. He thinks I’ll be a..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Former Vandy player moves on to WVU

    College Football Talk "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..." July 30

  • 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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

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