For all the center of the college football universe talk, I found yesterday’s SEC Media Days sessions pretty run of the mill. The bravado was expected. So maybe that’s why the only quote that really made me do a double take came from Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, of all people, who had this rather amazing explanation for why his team basically stunk on ice last year:
“I think me as a head coach, I made some assumptions a year ago about this football team,” Mason said. “I assumed that, just because we were in the SEC, that we play like an SEC team, and we didn’t.”
Say what? You’re at Vanderbilt, dude. If things were that easy, your predecessor wouldn’t have been able to grab the Penn State job.
You read a quote like that and wonder what the interview process that led to his hire was like. What on earth did Mason say to impress his future boss?
I guess that explains how you can hire an offensive hack like Karl Dorrell and believe things will work out well.