May 13, 2014
Nashville - Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason has been added as a headline speaker for the second annual Music City Sports Festival, scheduled May 31-June 1 in Nashville.
Mason, who joined the Commodores in mid-January after helping the Stanford Cardinal to a pair of Rose Bowl appearances and four consecutive BCS bowl games, is set to speak Sunday, June 1, starting at 11:45 a.m.
The Sports Festival, organized by will take place in Nashville's spacious Music City Center, located downtown at the intersection of Demonbreun Street and 5th Avenue South.
The two-day event features a speaker's series that includes Coach Mason, an array of interactive activities, and clinics for a variety of sports from football, baseball and basketball to soccer, tennis and skateboard.
Mason confirmed the upcoming engagement while appearing on SportsNight, the afternoon-drive sports show co-hosted by George Plaster, Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland on Nashville's 102.5 The Game.
Mason's appearance starts an impressive lineup of speakers on June 1. Confirmed personalities following Mason include Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (1 p.m.), former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards (2 p.m.) and ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich (3 p.m.).
Vanderbilt Athletics is also represented on Saturday, May 31 when former Commodore and Chicago Bulls' center Will Perdue to scheduled to address the festival at 11:45 a.m.
On May 31, the festival will feature several analysts from SEC Nation, the SEC Network's highly anticipated pre-game show that will air every Saturday during the fall from 9-11 a.m., CT. SEC Nation, designed after ESPN's highly popular College Gameday Show, will appear live in all 14 cities that serve as home to SEC universities. It will debut on Thursday, Aug. 28 from Columbia, S.C., site of the Texas A&M-South Carolina game that kicks off the 2014 season. The Temple-Vanderbilt game will follow immediately afterward on the SEC Network.
ESPN has enlisted an impressive roster of personalities for SEC Nation, including host Joe Tessitore, analyst Tim Tebow and nationally syndicated radio personality Paul Finebaum among others.
Admission to Music City Sports Festival is $5 at the door, with kids under the age of 6 free with a paying adult. Youngsters ages 6-18 wearing youth jerseys also will be admitted with an adult. For more information on the two-day event, go to www.musiccitysportsfestival.com.