May 29, 2014
Nashville - Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason is scheduled to address the second annual Music City Sports Fest this Sunday in Nashville.
Mason, who took over the Commodores after helping Stanford to a pair of Rose Bowl appearances and four straight BCS bowl games, is set to speak Sunday 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 event is a two-day celebration of Nashville area sports. This year, in addition to the speaker's series that includes Coach Mason, the event also includes an array of interactive activities, and clinics for a variety of sports from football, baseball and basketball to soccer, tennis and skateboard.
The festival opens Sunday at 10 a.m. Mason will be followed by newly named Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, and former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards open at 10 a.m.
The fest also features a big day of college football this Saturday, with several ESPN and SEC Network personalities expected to make appearances, including studio and SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore, former Florida Gator QB and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and popular radio show host Paul Finebaum among others.
ESPN officials are using the festival to promote both SEC Network and SECNation, a two-hour show being planned each Saturday of the football season live from one of the conference's 14 home cities. This will mark the first time ESPN has publicly made SEC Network personalities available to the Nashville market.
Vanderbilt Athletics is also represented Saturday when former Commodore and Chicago Bulls' center Will Perdue addresses the festival at 11:45 a.m.
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.