Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason announces recent COVID-19 case

Bennett Durando
Montgomery Advertiser

AUBURN — First-year Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason announced he had COVID-19 on social media Tuesday morning.

He has since recovered and plans to re-join the team soon.

The former Vanderbilt coach had two family members die from COVID last year and has an immunocompromised daughter, he said in a long message. Those factors encouraged him to get vaccinated against the virus.

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"I can only speak for my own decision, but for those who are on the fence, I encourage you to look at 'your why' and consider protecting yourself, your loved ones and the healthcare workers who are working so tirelessly to save lives," Mason said. "I am thankful I did. I wish our country and specifically the entire Auburn community a safe, healthy and successful football season."

Mason's message comes four days after Auburn announced that head coach Bryan Harsin tested positive for COVID. Harsin, who has declined to say whether he's vaccinated, is still in isolation and can return as soon as Aug. 30 if he has fully recovered by then. Linebackers coach Jeff Schmedding is Auburn's in-person head coach while Harsin is out.