Oct 31, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason reacts during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Vandy elevates Fitch to interim coach after firing Mason

Vanderbilt fired head coach Derek Mason on Sunday and elevated offensive coordinator Todd Fitch to interim coach for the rest of the season.

The Commodores are winless on the season after getting trounced 41-0 by Missouri on Saturday.

Mason had a 27-55 record in his sixth season at Vandy and led the team to two bowl games in his tenure, just the second coach to accomplish the feat. He finishes as the sixth-winningest coach in program history.

“On behalf of the entire Vanderbilt community, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Coach Mason for his many years of dedication and service leading our football program,” athletic director Candice Storey Lee said in a statement. “Derek cares deeply about the student-athletes under his charge. His tenure at Vanderbilt will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to our student-athletes, not only on the field, but in the classroom and as young people.”

Mason tweeted out his “gratitude” in a Twitter post later in the day.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to play at No. 9 Georgia on Saturday. Vanderbilt has never had a winless season in its 117-year history.

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