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Derek Mason, center, walks to a news conference with Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, left, and athletic director David Williams, right, where Mason is to be introduced as the new Vanderbilt football coach Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Mason was previously the defensive coordinator at Stanford. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Derek Mason, center, walks to a news conference with Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, left, and athletic director David Williams, right, where Mason is to be introduced as the new Vanderbilt football coach Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Mason was previously the defensive coordinator at Stanford. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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