Derek Mason’s record as Vanderbilt’s head coach is now officially 9-21. For a coach who has yet to win a conference road game, I think now is the time we start to ask the question:
Is Derek Mason on the Hot Seat??
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being a contract extension and 10 being a pink slip, I believe Derek Mason is right around a 5. This doesn’t mean that the seat can’t heat up later this season but knowing that Vice Chancellor David Williams is not quick to fire head coaches, I think that Mason’s job is safe as of today, October 10, 2016.
Saturday’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats didn’t help matters though. Once again Vanderbilt had an opportunity to drive the field and tie the game but fell short. This happens far too often. Every Vandy fan knows what the problem is with this football team.
It’s lack of offense.
Mason made a major change a year ago when he hired former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. Vanderbilt is dead last in the SEC when it comes total offense and only has a total of 3 passing touchdowns. Ludwig’s philosophy is to control the clock and run the ball.
Running back Ralph Webb has done the best he possibly can to keep the Commodores in these games but now is hobbled with an ankle injury. The fundament flaw is when the offense needs to make a play through the air, they fall short.
Mason’s job will come down to success on the scoreboard when the clock hits zero and with only 2 SEC victories in a little less than two and a half years, the results have been the same.
Vandy is 2-4 right now and needs 6 wins to become bowl eligible. Looking at the rest of their schedule, realistically the Dores could beat TSU and Missouri. Other than that, Mason & Co will have to upset two out of the other four remaining games between Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Those teams have a combine record of 16-7.
If the Dores are going into the last two games at 3-8 or 4-7, it’s going to be hard to convince fans that the program is going in the right direction.
That means the seat will start to warm.
**We will do a hot seat meter every Monday for the remainder of the season**
Vanderbilt’s remaining schedule
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