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Vanderbilt suspends coach from Hawaii after drunk driving arrest

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:55 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014


NASHVILLE, Tenn. » New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended an assistant coach charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Mason suspended Vavae Tata on Tuesday after learning of the defensive line coach's arrest Sunday morning. A university statement says officials are investigating the incident involving the coach, who was added to Mason's staff on Jan. 24.

Tata, 37, was arrested Sunday morning when police located him a few blocks away from an accident where he had crashed into two parked vehicles.

Tata told police he was trying to walk back to his hotel. He recorded a 0.18 percent blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test, above the state limit of 0.08. Tata was arrested and released on bond. He is scheduled for a court appearance March 5.

He was a defensive assistant at Stanford the past two seasons when Mason was defensive coordinator and followed Mason to Vanderbilt. Tata, who played defensive end at UCLA and Saint Louis High School, was a graduate assistant at San Jose State in 2010 and 2011 and started coaching in 2006 at McKinley high school.







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GONEGOLFIN wrote:
That was a quick coaching career.
on February 18,2014 | 02:18PM
Pocho wrote:
ahhh, St. Louis hs
on February 18,2014 | 03:46PM
PinkSushi wrote:
St Louis allows anyone in if they are good football players. Iolani and Punahou have standards as to who they allow in. No Samoan punks at Iolani or Punahou.
on February 19,2014 | 02:59AM
silvangold wrote:
oh oh.....................ya think?
on February 19,2014 | 06:29AM
gobows wrote:
moonshine packs a punch!
on February 18,2014 | 02:26PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Booze will make you do funny things......
on February 18,2014 | 03:33PM
niimi wrote:
If you drink booze, you one ba booze.
on February 18,2014 | 04:15PM
st1d wrote:
ta-ta, tata.
on February 18,2014 | 03:52PM
krusha wrote:
Probably regretted moving out there in the first place and freezing his behind in the process.
on February 18,2014 | 04:43PM
Rivergrouch wrote:
wow...2nd dui since 1997........too bad....
on February 18,2014 | 04:55PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wow, I guess newspapers have the option of blasting a person in his home town even if he lives across the nation. Why didn't they print something when he won the job? Negative news 101.
on February 18,2014 | 07:09PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I doubt Hawaii is his home town, maybe American Samoa.
on February 18,2014 | 08:55PM
brucepati1 wrote:
vavae tata
on February 18,2014 | 09:30PM
brucepati1 wrote:
what an idiot vavae tata was. the bad thing about this is, he pretty much screwed up his division 1 coaching career. everybody makes minor mistakes In life that shouldn't have to haunt them for the rest of their life, unfortunately because of the nature of his profession this is going to hurt him for a long time. he's supposed to be a role model for young men and no college is going to want that behavior as a role model for their players.
on February 18,2014 | 09:30PM
brucepati1 wrote:
what an idiot vavae tata was. the bad thing about this is, he pretty much screwed up his division 1 coaching career. everybody makes minor mistakes In life that shouldn't have to haunt them for the rest of their life, unfortunately because of the nature of his profession this is going to hurt him for a long time. he's supposed to be a role model for young men and no college is going to want that behavior as a role model for their players.
on February 18,2014 | 09:30PM
brucepati1 wrote:
what an idiot vavae tata was. the bad thing about this is, he pretty much screwed up his division 1 coaching career. everybody makes minor mistakes In life that shouldn't have to haunt them for the rest of their life, unfortunately because of the nature of his profession this is going to hurt him for a long time. he's supposed to be a role model for young men and no college is going to want that behavior as a role model for their players.
on February 18,2014 | 09:30PM
brucepati1 wrote:
can you say "ufa"
on February 18,2014 | 09:31PM
SueH wrote:
Of course he doesn't have a drinking problem....just a "handling it" problem.
on February 18,2014 | 09:39PM
clum56 wrote:
He must have had lots of HAWAIIAN PUNCH at the bar where he was.
on February 19,2014 | 03:57AM
silvangold wrote:
St Louis......aint that the school that backs up the guys....boys will be boys......man will be man ?????????????
on February 19,2014 | 06:26AM
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