Vanderbilt fires football coach Derek Mason after 0-8 start to seventh season

AP file photo by Wade Payne / Vanderbilt fired Derek Mason on Sunday, a day after the Commodores lost 41-0 to Missouri to fall to 0-8 in his seventh season as head coach of the SEC program in Nashville.

NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt fired Derek Mason on Sunday, a day after the Commodores lost 41-0 at Missouri to fall to 0-8 in his seventh season as the school's football coach.

"This was a difficult decision, but I know this change is necessary," athletic director Candice Lee said in Vanderbilt's release announcing the move. "We wish Derek and his entire family the best."

Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will serve as the interim head coach for the Commodores, who play at Georgia (6-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Southeastern Conference is playing only league games this season. Vanderbilt also is working to reschedule its final home game against Tennessee, which the SEC postponed to help Missouri catch up on games played.

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