Derek Mason shoots down ‘Mason to Cal?’ rumors with tweet

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason quickly shot down a report that he could be in play to become coach at California.

Earlier in the day, Fox Sports said Cal had interest in Mason.

Cal parted ways with Sonny Dykes as its coach Sunday and has named offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as interim coach. Spavital, who was fired as Texas A&M’s OC after the 2015 season, reportedly interviewed for the full-time position on Tuesday.

There also have been reports that Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has interviewed for the job. Cal also is expected to gauge the interest of former Oakland Raiders OC Bill Musgrave, whose contract was not renewed. Musgrave is an Oregon alum.

Mason was an assistant at Stanford from 2010-2013. He took over as Vanderbilt’s coach in 2014, leading the Commodores to a bowl appearance this season after two losing campaigns.

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