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Former Oklahoma State DC Derek Mason Joining SEC Network

After the conclusion of the 2022 season, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Derek Mason announced that he would be taking a “sabbatical” from coaching after spending one season in Stillwater.

“After 30 consecutive seasons in the great game of football, I have decided to take a sabbatical from coaching in college at the conclusion of my current contract at OSU,” Mason wrote. “I look forward to spending time with my family to rest and reflect on opportunities within the game I love.”


Now, just ahead of the 2023 season, Mason has landed a new gig and it could see him on the sidelines in some capacity.

According to an announcement from ESPN, Mason will serve as an analyst for the SEC Network this fall after recently signing with ESPN.

Before serving as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and Auburn, Mason served as the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2014-2020, where he led the Commodores to a 27-55 overall record in that time and led them to bowl games in 2016 and 2018. In 2020, he was fired after an 0-8 start during the COVID-19 year.

Mason will now be in the booth for SEC games, and will be joined there by fellow former SEC coach Dan Mullen, who is headed into his second season as an analyst with the SEC Network.

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