Beating Tennessee and Georgia in the same season, all while leading the Commodores to a bowl game, is a recipe for a raise at Vanderbilt. And that’s exactly what Commodores coach Derek Mason will be receiving.
According to a report from The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks, Mason is set to receive both a three-year contract extension and a raise for his performance as the leader of the Vanderbilt football program.
Terms of the three-year agreement were not immediately disclosed, and probably won’t be as Vanderbilt is not required to reveal coaching salaries since it is a private institution. Tax records do provide a glimpse at some of the higher profile coaches’ salaries at Vanderbilt, and Mason made $2.5 million in 2015 according to those records.
Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams confirmed the news to Sparks, offering the following thoughts on Mason:
“We went to a bowl game in his third year, but it’s not only that. You could see the growth in the program overall,” Williams said. “This year will be the first year that we actually have the type of depth that we would like to have, and I think Derek is a master at developing players.”
Sparks also reports that Mason insisted upon raises for “multiple” assistant coaches, such as offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, as a part of this agreement. He also negotiated an increase in the recruiting budget. However, the proposed new football stadium reportedly was not a focus of the discussion.
Mason, who was briefly rumored to be a candidate for the open Cal job earlier in the off-season, is entering his fourth season with the Commodores. He owns a 13-24 record after three seasons, with his best effort coming during a 6-7 campaign during the 2016 season which ended with a loss to North Carolina State in the Camping World Independence Bowl.
For reference, former coach James Franklin recorded a 24-15 mark with Vanderbilt during a three-year run with the Commodores before departing for Penn State after the 2013 season.