NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt hired Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as coach Friday. He and the school are scheduled to hold a news conference today.
"This university combines the best of what's good about college athletics and academics," he said in the school's release. "We … look forward to competing for an SEC East crown."
Mason, 44, spent the past four seasons at Stanford, where academic requirements are similar to Vanderbilt. Two seasons were as defensive backs coach, two as defensive coordinator. He replaces James Franklin, who took over at Penn State.
"We talked to outside experts and did our own evaluations," athletic director David Williams said. "And the person that always seemed to be in the spotlight was the same person that was at the top of our list … Derek Mason."
Store sells Alabama autographed items
A former booster with whom Alabama disassociated itself is selling merchandise autographed by current players.
The website for a store in Tuscaloosa features, among other autographed items, game-worn wrist bands of running back TJ Yeldon ($350), game-worn gloves ($1,200) and cleats ($950) of receiver Christion Jones and game-worn gloves of linebacker CJ Mosley ($950). Also featured are photos of owner Tom Al-Betar with players, including AJ McCarron and the quarterback's girlfriend, Katherine Webb.
NCAA rules prohibit athletes from selling their autographs. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of last season's opener.
Al-Betar said he gets memorabilia from fans and ex-players.
"This is ridiculous," he said; "nothing to worry about."
In a 2011 disassociation letter, the school ordered Al-Betar to stop obtaining "items of memorabilia from our student-athletes, including used equipment and apparel" and "autographs from our student-athletes when they are in your store."
In a statement, Alabama AD Bill Battle said, "Our compliance department looks into everything that warrants concern."
Mumme hired: Hal Mumme, who coached Kentucky from 1997-2000 and led it two bowl games, was hired to coach Belhaven, an NAIA school in Jackson, Miss. In 2013, he was SMU's passing game coordinator.