Mason indicated that he wasn't surprised that attendance fell off a little initally after he resigned to become the schools athletic director but felt this year's strong finish, including a trip to the NCAA tournament should get the team back to its former elite status.
"You lose (momentum) in a hurry in this business and then it takes a little longer to get it back," said Mason on the coaching change. Obviously it was a strong finish last year and I think we're going to have another good team this year."
Mason said he faced an even worse situation when he was named head coach in the late 70s.
"I know when I came in here and the rink was half full in 1979, it took us three years before people jumped up and said 'hey, they're pretty good.' So I hope next year we improve some, I think we will in terms of attendance."
The Spartans AD indicated that the team is on the rise and will return to its elite status, perhaps as soon as this winter.
"The product is something that people can be proud of, I mean, this is a team that very easily could have gone to the Frozen Four last year. Next year, Rick feels they're going to be good, at the top of the league and get back to the NCAA tournament and once you get there anything can happen," he stated.
Rumors of Comley's demise were greatly exaggerated, in fact, Mason couldn't be more pleased with Comley's performance. "I like the direction and obviously the program wasn't down that far, its just we weren't winning championships and that's what people were used to."
"When you change coaches, there's a personality change, there's a lot of things that take place. I was really pleased at their results."