Vanderbilt football already has their head coach and they plan to keep him around for a long time. Announced today by athletics director David Williams and per report of Adam Sparks of the Tennessean, Vanderbilt has extended the contract of head football coach Derek Mason and set in place raises for not only him but assistant coaches as well.
The Commodores have extended Coach Mason's contract for an additional three years along with raising his annual based salary of 2.5 million per year. Vanderbilt has basically gone back to the original contact Coach Mason signed when he arrived in Nashville. He is now under a five year contact with an additional sixth year added as an option.
Coach Mason was not the only focus of this contract extension. Pay raises given to assistant coaches was also a key focus of these talks and that was done at the request of Coach Mason himself. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig is one assistant coach named to receive a pay raise and according to the report, several other assistant coaches received pay raises as well.
Another big part of today's news is an increased budget for recruiting. Vanderbilt's pool for recruiting will now grow as the Commodores have begun to set roots with recruiting Polynesian players and they would like to remain a staple out west for many years to come.
Vanderbilt went to a bowl game in year three under Coach Mason last season and his progression with the program appears to be growing stronger every year. The 2017 football team may have the best depth under Coach Mason during his regime in Nashville and expectations are bigger on West End after pulling off wins last year over power programs like Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Mason has a 13-24 overall record in his three years at Vanderbilt and 5-19 in the SEC. The numbers may not speak loud to you but if your close to the program, you can tell the maturation and development of the football program under Coach Mason and can understand wanting to keep him around to see things through.
This is great news for Vanderbilt and their future in football under Coach Mason. It let's people and high school prospects know who will be the head man at Vanderbilt without any worries of change.