Contract a priority, but AD not in rush

Updated: February 9, 2004, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A contract extension for football coach Glen Mason continues to be a priority for University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi.

Maturi said Monday that a new deal for Mason is on his "radar screen" this month, but that he's not in a rush.

"He's got three years left, so there's no need to do it right away," Maturi said. "It's going to happen."

News that came out almost two weeks ago about recruits being served alcohol and taken to a strip club during official visits to the school kept Maturi from working toward finalizing Mason's deal in recent days.

Previously, the AD said he wanted to complete the extension before last Wednesday's national signing day to show potential Gophers recruits the program is stable.

Maturi said that the delay, however, didn't affect any of Mason's recruiting efforts.

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