However, in recent seasons, it has fallen on hard times. In 2014, just last year, the Commodores under the leadership of first year Head Coach Derek Mason suffered through a terrible season on the gridiron. The squad produced a depressing Won-Loss record of just 3-9. Worse yet, its record in Conference games resulted in 0 Wins and 8 Losses.
Clearly, there is much room for improvement and Head Coach Derek Mason, now preparing for his second year at the southern school, is hopeful that his first group of high school recruits will lift the level of play.
The Commodores, as is usually the case, face a twelve game schedule in 2015. Six games will be played at home and an equal number of contests will take place “on the road.”
There are a couple of home games against tough competition that will provide difficult tests for the Commodores and their core of new players. These include contests against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 12th and twenty-fourth ranked Missouri on October 24th.
The Commodores will also play host to teams from the University of Kentucky, from Austin-Peay University, from Western Kentucky University and from a rugged western squad, Texas A & M.
Included among Vanderbilt’s six road games are visits to a couple of nationally-ranked teams. On September 26th, the Commodores will take on seventeenth ranked “Ole Miss” and just over two months later, on November 28th, a trip to Tennessee will pit Vanderbilt against the 25th ranked Volunteers.
There are other difficult road games, as well. The Commodores’ schedule has them traveling to South Carolina for a gridiron get-together with the Gamecocks, to Florida for a battle with the Gators and to Houston where a high-scoring squad will be awaiting them with great anticipation.
Head Coach Derek Mason has an opportunity to restore glory and bring success to a program that is currently trending downward. It won’t be easy, but the mere fact that he is in charge of a football team for a school in the prestigious Southeastern Conference (SEC) should help him to recruit top high school players.
Improved play may still be a year or more away for the Commodores of Vanderbilt University, but better days are definitely “in the cards” for this southern institution of higher education and its long-suffering football fans.
The truth is that those “better times” may even begin to happen in the next few months. For the university, its football players and those that follow the team, it is time to start “thinking positive.”
Courtesy of Vanderbilt University