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Vandy drops DL coach after he pleads guilty to drunk driving

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Suspended Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not have a position on the coaching staff in 2014 after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge on Wednesday.

Tata'a future status with the Commodores remains unclear, The Tennessean reported Wednesday night.

Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt's director of media relations for athletics, told the newspaper that head coach Derek Mason had been waiting for the judicial process to play out.

Mason is back in California with his family.

"One thing we can say for certain is Tata will not be coaching this season," Williamson said.

Tata remains employed by the university, Williamson added.

Vanderbilt is expected to fill Tata's position with former Utah State assistant Frank Maile, according to 247Sports.com and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Tata, 37, will lose his license for a year as part of the plea deal. He will also have to take an alcohol safety course, perform 24 hours of community service and pay a $350 fine, according to The Tennessean. All but 48 hours of his 11-month, 29-day jail sentence was suspended. He will be on probation for the full sentence. Tata's charge for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage was dismissed.
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