Vanderbilt gives Derek Mason a raise, 3-year contract extension

Vandrrbilt coach Derek Mason
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On the heels of his first bowl appearance as Vanderbilt’s coach, Derek Mason has signed a three-year contract extension, through the 2021 season.

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams told The Tennessean that Mason is getting a raise and so are his assistants. In addition, Williams said Mason’s recruiting budget will grow.

Williams did not specify the new salary, but did acknowledge a raise. The Tennessee reported that Mason’s base salary was about $2.5 million in 2015, which are the most recently available tax records. Vanderbilt is a private school and does not have to make public its coaches’ salaries.

“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.”

Vandy is 13-24 overall and 5-19 in the SEC in Mason’s three seasons. But the Commodores are coming off an Independence Bowl appearance and have shown improvement in each of Mason’s three seasons.

In January, the school said a new contract was in the works for Mason.

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