After a disastrous debut season in 2014, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason elected to serve as his own defensive coordinator, and for two years that looked like a genius move: the Commodores’ defense allowed just 21.0 ppg in 2015 and 24.0 ppg in 2016. Then Zach Cunningham and Adam Butler graduated, and the 2017 defense allowed 31.3 ppg — and that includes allowing a total of 27 points in four games against Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M, Kansas State, and Western Kentucky. Over the eight-game SEC schedule, Vanderbilt’s defense got shredded to the tune of 43.6 ppg.
So, on Thursday, Vanderbilt announced that Mason will be giving up defensive coordinator duties in 2018 and handing them off to Jason Tarver. Tarver was most recently the San Francisco 49ers’ senior defensive assistant, and he also served as the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator from 2012-14.


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