Glen Mason To Sign Extenstion Through 2010

The University of Minnesota has reached an agreement on the key terms of an extension of head football coach Glen Mason's contract, officials announced today. The Golden Gophers finish the 2005 season with a 7-5 record after falling 34-31 to Virginia at the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Virginia rallied from a 21-7 first-half deficit thanks in part to a 24-point second half. The loss snapped Minnesota's three-game bowl win streak, as well as its 19-game non-conference winning streak.

"We are extremely happy to have an agreement on the key terms of the contract," Director of Athletics Joel Maturi said. "I have said all along that we were committed to keeping Coach Mason at the University of Minnesota and today is certainly an indication of that desire. This is an exciting time for Golden Gopher football when you combine the drive for an on-campus stadium and signing of Coach Mason to a long-term contract."

The contract will be finalized in the next couple of days, according to Maturi. Mason's current contract, which expires at the end of 2006, will be extended until the end of 2010. Under the new contract, Mason is entitled to receive approximately $1.65 million annually in direct and deferred compensation and will be eligible for up to $750,000 in incentive bonuses for conference and national championships, bowl eligibility, national rankings and graduation rates.

"We have agreed to the key terms within the contract," Maturi said. "It is at a point where we are dotting the ‘i's' and crossing the ‘t's', but the agreement will keep Coach Mason at Minnesota."

Mason completed his ninth season at Minnesota yesterday with the Gophers' fourth consecutive bowl appearance and sixth bowl game in the past seven years, the most bowl appearances under one head coach in school history. Mason's 32 wins over the last four seasons represent the best four-year win total at Minnesota since 1902-05.

"I can't adequately express how happy I am, speaking not only for me, but for my family and coaching staff, that we will be able to continue making progress in our football program and also be able to live and raise our families in the great state of Minnesota," Mason said. "I take great pride in being the head coach at the University of Minnesota and could not be more excited about working with Joel (Maturi) and President Bruininks toward goals all Minnesotans want to achieve."

"I'm pleased that we have successfully negotiated an extension to Coach Mason's contract. Under his leadership, Gopher football has been taken to new levels and we are looking forward to an even stronger future," university President Robert Bruininks said.

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