New @VandyFootball coach, Derek Mason’s message to Penn State “If James Franklin wants to play, we will play any time and place, anywhere.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 24, 2014
Them’s fightin’ words if I’ve ever heard them. I appreciate Mason’s passion, I truly do. Coming from a Stanford Cardinal team that’s become a force in the Pac-12, he’s earned the right to speak up. The timing could be better, though.
If I’m Franklin, I go to Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and say, “Dave, coach Mason down at Vandy wants to get together and throw hands. You think we can make this happen?” Penn State simply must call Mason’s bluff on this. The projected trajectories of these two programs invert for a couple of years at the very least. However, filling schedules is a timely task.
Looking at the Commodores’ 2015 dance card, they have plenty of room to invite the Nittany Lions to play. Better yet, since Mason doesn’t care where the battle rages, why not bring Vanderbilt up to State College? Saturday, Sep. 19 would be perfect. The leaves are changing, Franklin and Mason are both in their second year as head coach at their respective schools and the Commodores need some beef on their schedule.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers? Come on, Commodores, you can do better than that. I’ve got the perfect pitch, too. “Any Time, Any Place, Anywhere: A Battle One Year In The Making”.
This is the problem with saying things like that as a head coach as opposed to when the starting tight end mouths off. You’ve got an entire team following your lead. The gauntlet’s already been thrown down and stipulations left to the challenged. If the game does get scheduled, consider it a life lesson.
Should Vanderbilt walk into Happy Valley and get whooped, well, Mason literally asked for it.