Glen Mason Fired as Minnesota Head FB Coach

Minnesota has fired football coach Glen Mason and will announce it later Sunday, according to sources close to the program. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi has called a news conference for 5 p.m. CT Sunday "regarding the future of the Golden Gopher football program." Minnesota (6-7) lost to Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl, blowing a 31-point second half lead.

Minnesota (6-7) lost to Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl after allowing the Red Raiders to overcome a 31-point, third-quarter deficit for a 44-41 OT win on Friday night. It was the largest comeback in Division I-A bowl history.

Mason has spent 10 seasons in Minnesota and had led the team to seven bowl games, but had not been able to get a top two finish in the conference or make it to a New Year's Day bowl game.

The Golden Gophers had won the last three games of the regular season to finish 6-6 and qualify for a bowl game. Mason signed a four-year contract extension worth $1.65 million annually last New Year's Eve after losing to Virginia in the Music City Bowl.

Letters of non-renewal of contracts were in the process of being delivered to homes of nine of Mason's assistants Sunday. Also being fired is recruiting coordinator Shannon Bertram, and Mason's director of football operations Tim Allen, plus some strength and conditioning coaches.

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