Hartman: Former coach Mason says Gophers still have work to do

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2013 - 7:09 AM

The former U coach was impressed with quarterback Philip Nelson, but Minnesota struggled in the first half.

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prpledorkAug. 29, 1311:34 PM

Excellent observation on the top notch caliber opponents the vikings will face this season which was not the story last season when the purple were handed a last place schedule due to their 3-13 finish the year before. They do not have the luxury of facing the league's worst teams this year lke they did last year when they faced the Jags, Titans, Rams and Cardinals, instead they will face the likes of the Cowboys, Giants, Steelers and Ravens. With the vikings basically trotting out the same predictable "dink & dunk" offensive scheme with Ponder at the healm coupled with an even worse defensive backfield in regards to experience and lack of overall talent the vikings will be extremely lucky to reach even the 6 win mark.

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fstone8Aug. 30, 13 7:41 AM

According to the U of M Athletic Department web site, the athletic department has an Assistant AD for marketing, an associate as well as two assistant directors of marketing, as well as a marketing coordinator. Just curious, but why does the AD have to contract with a private firm for a 10% fee to sell tickets, especially to students?

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davholbAug. 30, 13 8:49 AM

Is it just me? Or is there something wrong with this equation? The University of Minnesota contracts with an outside firm to market and sell "Gopher Football Tickets" with a 10% fee. Would this not be an excellent project for the "Carlson Business School Graduate Program" Ticket sales now: $2 Million equates to $200 Grand to provide to the Business School income! Next year I suggest they contract with St Thomas Grad Program, at least the money would stay in town! LOL

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scoalsammyAug. 30, 13 9:30 AM

I think Mason is a horrible announcer who has a big resentment against the U of M for firing him. As for the Vikings, Ponder this: We have Adrian and Matt Cassel.

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BatteryAug. 30, 13 9:42 AM

In the first half after a UNLV receiver dropped a catchable pass, Glen Mason commented "He's being paid to catch balls like that". Though there may be a small measure of truth in general statements like that, I'm sure Mason will be asked to refrain from future comments like that.

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wingophersAug. 30, 13 9:44 AM

Mason deserved to be fired by the dynamic duo of Bruinicks/Maturi for blowing a big half time lead in a bowl game and then laughing about it in the locker room. The BIG10 Network should not have Mason working Gopher games.

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gowildcatsAug. 30, 13 9:44 AM

Mason cant announce and he surely couldnt coach-blew a 40 something lead in the Insight Bowl-one of the worst Gopher football defeats ever.

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Swede700Aug. 30, 13 9:57 AM

Love ya, Sid, but it was time for Mason to go when he was fired. The program had plateaued. He wasn't interested in furthering the program and competing for the big bowl games. He was content. The problem wasn't the firing of Mason, it was who was hired to replace him.

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hjlazniAug. 30, 13 9:58 AM

The Gopher program went downhill once Mason had to tell recruits they will be playing outside in the same town as the Vikings play indoors, soon in a football Taj Mahal. This does not make sense to any recruit south of Minnesota's southern border.

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BCanniffAug. 30, 1310:02 AM

You're right Sid. Just imagine how good this program would be if Mason hadn't been fired. At least one Big Ten championship by now instead of seven years of futility. He had ten players run for over a 1000 yards and recruited dozens NFL caliber players, and upset teams like Michigan and Penn State and Ohio State at least once every season. He had us in 9 bowl games with victories over Alabama, Oregon and Arkansas. All we can do is hope Jer can do at least as well.

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