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Continued: Mason becomes a media member

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 18, 2007 - 11:07 PM

Q Did getting fired stoke your fire to get back into coaching?

A It's a fact of life in coaching. Every year major college football and basketball coaches get fired. It's a personal thing, but I really didn't take it personal. I was disappointed with the decision but I respect the decision of my superiors. Believe me, I have no ax to grind. I'm not bitter. I've seen guys before. They wallow in that bitterness when they've been fired. That doesn't accomplish anything.

Q What would you say to people who say you didn't do enough to sell the program?

A I don't know. Who's saying it? I never got that feedback internally. Everybody has an opinion. Our attendance was good and we went to a lot of bowl games. I don't think I need to defend anything. I'm not going to apologize to anybody for the job we did here.

Chip Scoggins •

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