Derek Mason inks 3-yr Contract Extension



Nashville – Vanderbilt University and Head Coach Derek Mason agreed to a 3-yr contract extension.  The extension includes a raise and an increase in the recruiting budget.  Mason is only 13-24 in three seasons, but last year led the Commodores to a 6-7 record and an Independence Bowl bid.  Mason took over the Commodores when James Franklin took over the Penn State program, Franklin was 24-15 and went to three straight bowls, winning two of them while in charge at Vandy.

Vanderbilt Athletic Director David Williams confirmed the extension on Tuesday.  “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.”

“We wanted to put more money in [the recruiting budget], so they can go get those players as much as they can,” Williams said. “And we needed to put more money into Derek’s assistants to retain them because they were getting inquiries from other places.”

It appears Vandy has found their Head Coach of the future and believes in Mason to develop players.  Time will tell if this extension will pay off for the Comodores.