Incentives, benefits fill Mason’s seven-year deal

The first step came in late 1996, while the last one came in late 1997.
Between the hiring of Gophers football coach Glen Mason and his eventual contract signing, there was a lot of fine print and speculation. But the terms of the deal, released this week, should ensure such things are in the past.
Mason’s seven-year deal, effective through 2003, will pay him an annual salary of $420,000, with additional income coming from media appearances and incentive clauses.
Here are the highlights:
ù In addition to his salary and income from TV and radio, Mason will receive $50,000 in any year the Gophers win the Big Ten title, $25,000 for second place, $10,000 for third place and $5,000 for fourth. He also has incentive clauses for top 25 finishes.
ù Mason will receive $50,000 if his players have a graduation rate of 75 percent or better and $25,000 if the rate is above 65 percent.
ù Mason also receives the use of two vehicles and membership at a country club. Any of his five children will have free tuition if they attend the University. He also receives free access to a suite at the Metrodome for Gophers home games and space for his wife, kids and six other guests on any charter flight to away games.
ù If Mason leaves the Gophers in 1998, he must pay the University $210,000. If he leaves in 1999, he must pay $105,000. After that, he can leave without penalty.

— Michael Rand