Vanderbilt trainer Derek Mason were given right into a heated verbal change with each Florida trainer Dan Mullen and Gators defensive coordinator Todd Grantham right through Saturday’s contest in Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 13, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Florida Gators head trainer Dan Mullen (left) yells throughout to Vanderbilt Commodores head trainer Derek Mason (proper) after a Florida participant was once ejected for concentrated on right through the primary part at Vanderbilt Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports activities
The incident took place with the lower than two mins to play within the first part of the Gators’ 37-27 victory after Florida linebacker James Houston delivered a blindside hit on Vanderbilt’s Dare Odeyingbo right through a punt go back.
Whilst Odeyingbo remained at the box close to the Florida sideline, Mason went over to test on him. He were given into an expletive-laced dialog with Grantham, after which Mullen joined in, it appears suggesting Mason go back to his sideline.
On the similar time, each crew’s benches cleared. Each groups have been referred to as for unsportsmanlike habits, and Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph was once ejected and first of all refused to go away the sector.
Houston was once additionally ejected as he was once flagged for concentrated on.
After the competition, Mason and Mullen exchanged an extended hug whilst discussing the subject.
“I talked to Dan on the finish of that ballgame, and that was once only a subject of avid gamers down, and their participant at the sideline had mentioned one thing directed at me, and I mentioned one thing again, and Dan will get mad — that’s the way it began,” Mason instructed newshounds. “On the finish of the day, we’re simply making an attempt to verify we will be able to play the sport the proper approach. Stay the sport protected, and ensure everyone walks out of this.
“It’s a referee’s process to referee. No longer ours. I were given numerous appreciate for Dan. He respects the method. So do I.”
Mullen additionally downplayed the incident in a postgame interview on ESPN.
“Derek and I are in reality shut buddies. He’s nice. He is aware of that,” Mullen mentioned. “He’s doing a fantastic process right here: You simply have a look at what he’s been in a position to perform going to bowl video games, training this crew, how they play, how they compete. He does a fantastic process. He and I are in reality shut buddies.
“We’re no longer gonna get into that publicly in any respect — Derek is a in reality shut buddy of mine — we gotta ensure that our sideline is cleaner in that scenario. I’m positive he most probably thinks the similar factor. There’s not anything wearing over from that. Not anything to get into publicly.”
—Box Stage Media