Vanderbilt hurting midway through Derek Mason's sixth season

Georgia photo/John Kelley / Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason has three wins over Tennessee, two bowl trips and one victory over Georgia, but his sixth Commodores team is just 1-5 at the midway mark of the regular season.

Derek Mason's most recent game as Vanderbilt's football coach resembled his very first contest in guiding the Commodores, and that's not cause for celebration in Nashville.

Mason was Stanford's defensive coordinator when he was hired in January 2014 to replace James Franklin, who had performed the unthinkable by leading the Commodores to consecutive 9-4 records before bolting to Penn State. Hopes of a third straight winning season were dashed in three hours, however, as Mason's debut was a complete debacle that yielded a 37-7 home loss to Temple.

The Commodores eventually found their footing in nonconference games under Mason, winning nine of 10 at one point with the only setback being a 22-17 loss at No. 8 Notre Dame last season, but then came last Saturday's 34-10 collapse to a visiting UNLV team that entered with a lone win over Southern Utah.

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