Coaching staff shakeups after National Signing Day are so commonplace that some people have wanted it codified that a change can get a prospect out of his Letter of Intent.
So, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Derek Mason were to make a few changes after signing day. We already know that special teams coordinator and running backs coach Jeff Genyk is on his way out, and there are rumors of more changes coming.
One rumor, seemingly confirmed by the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks, has Aaron Moorehead joining Vanderbilt’s coaching staff as wide receivers coach. Moorehead played five seasons in the NFL from 2003-07 and most recently was the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M from 2015-17; prior to that, he spent two years in the same position at Virginia Tech. He was a graduate assistant at Stanford from 2010-12, which just happened to coincide with Derek Mason being on Stanford’s coaching staff. This may not really even be a rumor any more, as Moorehead’s Wikipedia page now shows him as Vanderbilt’s WR coach. It’s not clear what will happen to current WR coach Cortez Hankton.
Another rumor: Washington graduate assistant Terrence Brown now has “Cornerbacks Coach at Vanderbilt University” in his Twitter bio. Brown was a starting cornerback for Stanford in 2011 and 2012 (hey, guess who his defensive coordinator was?) and has spent the last three years as a graduate assistant at Washington. This is, presumably, the tenth assistant coach on the staff allowed under new NCAA rules, so there may not be a corresponding move. Current defensive backs coach Marc Mattioli may be coaching only the safeties if there’s a cornerbacks coach.