Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has signed a three-year contract extension after leading the Commodores to a 6-7 record and a bowl game in his third season at the helm, athletics director David Williams confirmed with The Tennessean on Tuesday.
Mason’s contract returns to its original terms, which is a five year deal with a sixth-year option.
“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, via the Tennessean. “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.”
The Commodores also increased the football program’s recruiting budget and gave multiple assistant coaches extensions as well, including offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. Mason along with his assistant coaches received raises with their extensions, according to Adam Sparks of The Tennessean.
Over the course of three seasons, Mason has amassed a 13-24 record, but the program showed major improvement in 2016 despite the team’s 41-17 blowout loss to North Carolina State in the Independence Bowl.
The Commodores finished tied with South Carolina for the second worst Southeastern Conference record in the east division, but ended their SEC schedule with back-to-back wins over Ole Miss and Tennessee at home.