25 years ago: Glen Mason hired as KU football coach

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 31, 1987:

Kent State University football coach Glen Mason was to become the new head coach for the Kansas University Jayhawks. KU athletic director Bob Frederick, introducing Mason and his wife to a gathering of media, alumni, and friends, said that he was relieved that the search to replace Bob Valesente was finally concluded. “For the 37th night in a row I didn’t sleep well,” Frederick said, “But last night it was for a different reason. This time it was because I was tremendously excited.” The 37-year-old Mason had been one of a group of four finalists for the post. Frederick announced that Mason had been given a five-year contract with a starting salary of $78,000 a year. Valesente, who had been fired after two seasons with a 4-17-1 record, had been earning $72,100.