Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason can breath a little easier now that he knows where he’ll be for the foreseeable future.
On Tuesday, Vanderbilt announced that they had extended the contract of their football coach for an additional three years. The extension comes with both a raise, and an increased recruiting budget. The Tennessean was first to repot the extension for the Vanderbilt coach.
Along with Mason’s extension, several of his assistant coaches have received extensions as well. Their extensions were at his request, and most notable among them is that of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. The details of the contracts weren’t immediately disclosed, but Mason will be receiving a raise above the $2.5 million he made last season.
The program has been high on coach Mason, and a deal was in the works for several months before being announced. In his third season with the team, the Commodores made their first appearance in a bowl game with him as head coach. He is 13-24 as head coach of Vanderbilt, but the program believes it is on the upswing.
The biggest progress under Mason have been the bump in Academic Progress Rate scores. Under his watch, players are taking more definite steps towards graduation. That, coupled with the increasingly tangible success on the field made Mason’s extension a certainty.