The Vanderbilt Commodores made a surprising start to their season. But since a lopsided game against Alabama, Derek Mason and the Commodores have looked like a drastically different bunch.
After a 3-0 start, the Commodores have dropped four consecutive games, with two of those losses coming against the likes of Alabama and Georgia. But the Commodores took a much-needed bye week to reset themselves and have a much easier second half of the schedule.
But Mason does have the Commodores pointed in the right direction in a macro sense. In his third season, Mason directed Vanderbilt to a bowl game for the first time since 2013. Then, in May, he received a contract extension. Kyle Shurmur has also made great strides this season for the Commodores at quarterback.
The Commodores got off to a hot start on the recruiting trail but have faded in the past few months. Their 2018 recruiting class has dropped from fifth to 11th as teams such as Georgia, Alabama and Auburn have jumped past them in the 247Sports composite rankings. Vanderbilt’s highest-rated recruits are 4-star LB Alston Orji and 4-star WR Camron Johnson.
But that still is a significant improvement from the past four recruiting cycles when Vanderbilt finished with the worst class in the SEC. And given the messy situations at Ole Miss and Arkansas, that doesn’t look like it will be the case this season.
In the SEC Country approval rating poll from September, Mason came in with an 89.1 rating, which left him fourth among SEC coaches. Only Will Muschamp had a better mark among SEC East teams.
Mason reportedly will be paid approximately $2.5 million this season. The Commodores take on South Carolina on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Vote on Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.
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