St. Paul Pioneer-Press
Minneapolis -- Neil Cornrich, the Cleveland agent who represents Minnesota University football coach Glen Mason, and UM interim men's athletics director Tom Moe are talking about a new contract for Mason.
The Pioneer Press has reported it's a seven-year offer worth about $800,000 annually, depending on how perks are valued in, and an annuity of at least $1 million if Mason were to stay for the length of the contract.
Mason is completing the third year of a seven-year contract that expires Dec. 31, 2003, and is worth about $500,000 annually.
The university hopes for a positive response from Cornrich and Mason, but negotiations are expected to be long and difficult.
University officials are concerned about the possibility of coaching jobs becoming available at Mason's alma mater, Ohio State, and Notre Dame as early as next year. The Gophers' contract offer is structured with incentives for Mason to stay.
Mason can leave the Gophers without financial penalty after Dec. 31. Until then, a departure would cost him $105,000.
Minnesota will meet Oregon in the Sun Bowl on Friday afternoon in El Paso, Texas. Mason was head coach at Kansas from 1988 to 1996.