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Archive for Thursday, November 20, 1997

MASON HESITANT TO INK NEW CONTRACT

November 20, 1997

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— Minnesota football coach Glen Mason still hasn't signed a contract, and he denied he's dragging his feet so he can leave for another job.

Mason, questioned at his regular Tuesday media luncheon, denied he would seek the Ohio State job if John Cooper resigns after the season.

Mason, who spent nine years at Kansas before taking over the Minnesota program nearly a year ago, is a former Ohio State football player and assistant coach.

"I've won three lousy football games and all of a sudden I'm going to Ohio State," Mason said. "The fact of the matter is that I haven't signed my contract, but the reason is not (to wait) for John Cooper or anybody like that to leave their job."

It has been suggested Mason, like former Minnesota

coach Lou Holtz, is using the UM job to position himself for a better job. After two seasons at Minnesota, Holtz used an out-clause in his contract to accept the job at Notre Dame.

"I did not leave the University of Kansas to come to Minnesota as a springboard," Mason said. "I think the comparisons to Lou Holtz are unfair."

Mason said he had no timetable for signing a contract, but reportedly he told UM athletics director Mark Dienhart he would not seriously discuss the deal until after the Gophers' finale on Saturday at Iowa.

"As soon as I sign, people will start talking about getting rid of me," Mason said.

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