Vanderbilt has chosen their new head coach, and it’s not St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
The Commodores, who lost their head coach James Franklin to Penn State, chose to go with Derek Mason, Stanford’s defensive coordinator.
Schottenheimer was one of the three finalists for the job, but it seemed as if Mason was the favorite from the start.
Still, it is somewhat surprising that Schottenheimer was even considered for the job, as many were asking whether he should even be retained at his current position as the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.
After coming over from the New York Jets, whose offense continually floundered under Schottenheimer, the Rams have been in the bottom ten in total offense over the last two seasons.
Last year, Schottenheimer was in the running for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ job, but hasn’t even got a sniff at any of the openings this year. Even in Cleveland, where candidates are pulling their names out of consideration left and right, Schottenheimer wasn’t mentioned.
Who knows if a transition to the college ranks would have proved helpful for Schottenheimer, but this may prove to be his last opportunity at a head-coaching gig.
A very interesting feud is brewing in St. Louis.