Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason made one thing clear during his weekly press availability ahead of Saturday’s contest against South Carolina, he and his team are far from satisfied three games into the season.
While many lauded and characterized the Commodores’ latest effort in a loss at Notre Dame as valiant, Mason intimated they still fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the game.
Mason, going into his fifth season in Nashville, has reached bowl eligibility just once in his tenure, in 2016. He goes into the year with an established quarterback in senior Kyle Shurmur, but has a host of players trying to carry the load left behind by running back Ralph Webb, who graduated after the 2017 season.
Many SEC pundits wonder whether Mason is living on borrowed time, especially considering the resignation of Vanderbilt Athletic Director David Williams earlier this month.
The task his team faces with South Carolina has history favoring the side of the Gamecocks, who have won nine straight against the Commodores and 16 of the last 18 matchups.
To hear Mason’s address previewing the Gamecocks, click below:
Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason
South Carolina visits Vanderbilt at 4:00 PM in a game that will be seen on the SEC Network.