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Vanderbilt hires Derek Mason as HC, passing over Brian Schottenheimer

The St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator was apparently not the right man for the job in Nashville.

Dilip Vishwanat

Settle in, and learn to love the check down and big ticket free agents getting lost in the shuffle ... St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did not get the Vanderbilt head coaching job. The SEC school instead went with Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.

Schottenheimer was one of three finalists for the job. He interviewed on Thursday. Mason had been considered the favorite for the coaching vacancy as soon as his name popped up in the mix to replace James Franklin, who left for Penn State.

Between college football and the NFL there are still a few job vacancies out there for coaches and coordinators. Schottenheimer's name came up in the mix for the Jaguars head coaching job last year, but he's not getting any looks around the NFL this year, not even in Cleveland where they could start combing the local high schools at any minute.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said earlier this season that he had no plans to make changes to his coaching staff.