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Eventually, the ability to avoid victory in astounding fashion became the Gophers' identity, rather than gifted backs running behind a mobile, cut-blocking line.
Mason's final game was one of those losses, of course -- a 38-7 lead over Texas Tech turned into a 44-41 overtime loss Friday night in something called the Insight Bowl.
Mason had this remarkable achievement in his decade on the job: He took a program mired in ineptitude and produced a modicum of success, and did so while gaining little equity with the public.
One word always was close at hand with Mason.
"I think Glen in some ways was misunderstood by the general public," said Tom Moe, Maturi's predecessor as A.D. and a Mason golf partner. "He was a very warm and caring person. I think he was also very sensitive."
The public never saw it. The media never saw it. What we saw was this: a guy who came off as if he considered himself God's gift to football.
An 8-4 turnaround in his third season (1999). We could put up with that. A 10-3 season including a bowl victory in 2003. We could put up with that.
But we didn't really celebrate these things, because of Mason's low likability factor.
And when things went backward, we cheered Maturi's decision to pull the plug on a high-profile coach perhaps early rather than clearly late.
I will guarantee this, though: When Mason gets that $3.6 million going-away stipend, he will be leaving Minnesota with that dang smirk attached to his mug for life.
|Tampa||0||Bottom 5th Inning|
|LA Clippers||59||3rd Qtr 5:30|
|Golden State||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||5:30 PM|
|New Orleans||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||3:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||4:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
|SMU||12||1st Half 7:41|
|Quinnipiac||20||1st Half 8:04|
|Fairfield||15||1st Half 9:01|
|Marist||18||1st Half 6:53|
|Iona||20||1st Half 5:40|
|Oregon State||2:00 PM|
|South Florida||2:00 PM|
|Michigan State||3:00 PM|
|Arizona State||7:30 PM|
|Washington St||8:30 PM|
|Binghamton||43||2nd Half 9:23|
|Elon||54||2nd Half 8:40|
|Virginia Tech||43||2nd Half 7:11|
|(8) Louisville||47||2nd Half 8:19|
|Texas||54||2nd Half 7:40|
|Creighton||45||2nd Half 5:50|
|Seton Hall||67||2nd Half 2:00|
|UNC-Wilmington||57||2nd Half 10:00|
|Coll of Charleston||42|
|(5) Maryland||56||2nd Half 7:21|
|Saint Josephs||51||2nd Half 5:48|
|Louisiana Tech||34||2nd Half 10:30|
|Rhode Island||15||1st Half 9:21|
|Richmond||10||1st Half 8:22|
|Davidson||15||1st Half 7:30|
|St Bonaventure||18||1st Half 6:34|
|George Mason||3||1st Half 10:10|
|(22) George Washington||26|
|Indiana||21||1st Half 7:06|
|(12) Texas A&M||10||1st Half 11:59|
|Ole Miss||11||1st Half 6:32|
|(11) Miss State||13|
|Clemson||15||1st Half 7:43|
|Maine||19||1st Half 4:09|
|Vermont||13||1st Half 6:46|
|Quinnipiac||12||1st Half 9:44|
|Saint Peters||16||1st Half 8:18|
|(4) Notre Dame||24||1st Half 7:42|
|Wisconsin||22||1st Half 6:32|
|Stony Brook||9||1st Half 11:24|
|Northeastern||18||1st Half 8:05|
|William & Mary||22|
|St Johns||11||1st Half 10:06|
|James Madison||18||1st Half 7:14|
|Illinois State||2:00 PM|
|Southern Ill||2:00 PM|
|Northern Iowa||2:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||2:00 PM|
|(9) Florida State||2:00 PM|
|(10) Arizona State|
|(19) Stanford||3:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||3:00 PM|
|(2) South Carolina||4:00 PM|
|Ohio State||4:00 PM|
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