Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Where's Fox News When You Need It?

Is Minnesota's Glen Mason taking responsibility for his team's 2-5 start and 0-4 record in the Big Ten? What about that graduation rate for his players, which is last in the Big Ten? The mundane weekly press conference received an unexpected dash of spice when Mason was asked by an out-of-town reporter about the growing criticism of him and his program. Mason, in the first year of a five-year contract extension that pays him a base salary of $1.65 million this season, made it clear he took offense to fans booing the Gophers in a loss to Penn State on Oct. 7 at the Metrodome. A section of students chanted "Fire Mason" and then booed his team as it left the field at halftime. Mason brushed off the criticism, saying that alcohol might have contributed to the negative reaction from fans. "I'll probably get criticized for saying this, but a lot of drinking goes on in there," he said. "We serve alcohol in that stadium. Not many college stadiums do that. I was at one game, looking up there, I thought, 'Where's Fox News? There's a lot of underage drinking out there because I know that guy ain't 21.' Right?" (registration).

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