By Tom Wood
You might not know this, but Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason has a lot in common with Nashville Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt.
Both believe in Commodore football.
And like the well-respected judge, Mason has a background in law. The Phoenix native earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona in 1993.
Of course, the two men practice their specialties on very different fields – Wyatt upholds the law in a Nashville courtroom while Mason lays down the law on a 100-yard gridiron – but each has an appreciation of the other’s job.
Wyatt is a 1966 Vanderbilt Law School graduate who has been attending Commodores games since 1945 – starting with the second Henry Russell Sanders era.
“I remember going to Vanderbilt games in the late 1940s. Red Sanders was the coach. My dad used to take me to the games. So that goes way back to the late 40s and since then. I went to law school at Vanderbilt, but I was a Vanderbilt fan before I ever heard of going to law school. I just always supported Vanderbilt’s football team.”
After attending this year’s 45-34 victory over in-state rival Tennessee with family members, Wyatt was asked to render judgment on the coaching job Mason has done this season. The judge came back with a thumbs-up verdict of approval.
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