Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is still working toward building Vanderbilt into a competitor, but we now know he made more money than his predecessor during his first season in Nashville.
Mason made approximately $700,000 more in his first season at Vandy in 2014 than current Penn State coach James Franklin made in his debut season in 2011, per a report from The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks.
Mason may have made more money in year one, but Franklin achieved far more success in his first season. The Commodores went 3-9 and winless in SEC play during the 2014 season under Mason. Franklin went 6-7, 2-6 in the SEC and lost in the Liberty Bowl to Cincinnati in 2011.
Franklin led the Commodores to bowl games in each of his three seasons. He achieved a 9-4 record during his second season, which is drastically better than Mason’s 4-8 campaign in 2015.
Franklin left Vanderbilt for Penn State in Jan. 2014. Mason might be getting paid more, but he hasn’t quite replicated the success Franklin left behind.