Thursday, December 29, 2005

Minnesota May Be Looking for a Coach

Minnesota is ready to part ways with coach Glen Mason, who will lead the Golden Gophers against Virginia in the Music City Bowl on Friday. Mason, who earned $1.43 million this season, wants $1.8 million in a new deal. The university is offering $1.5 with incentives. The contracts of Mason's nine assistants are up at midnight Saturday and the university says it will send letters of termination to the assistants if Mason doesn't agree to a new deal by then. "We do not want [Mason] coaching into next season without a renewal," university general counsel Mark Rotenberg told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Some Gopher assistants are taking the hint. Secondary coach Kerry Cooks reportedly is a candidate to join Bret Bielema at Wisconsin (some registration).

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