Mason’s just like Nick Saban, running that defense.
Mason talked to other candidates last winter, but said that, like other head coaches with a defensive background, he thought he could handle the added responsibility of taking on those duties.
“I looked up to Garry Patterson of TCU, he’s done a good job,” Mason said. “He’s got a coordinator, but he really does a good job of structuring his program. Coach (Nick) Saban (at Alabama) has done the same thing. Those are guys that have coordinators but for them just in term of the structure, they know what they want, they implement what they need and they have coaches in place to help them get the job done. I’ve got a great defensive staff that helps me get the job done, but I know what I want so for me that was the best move.”