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Glen Mason
Glen Mason
Sport Football
Born April 9, 1950 (1950-04-09) (age 59)
Place of birth Colonia, New Jersey
Career highlights
Overall 123-121-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1986 MAC Coach of the Year
1991, 1995 Big 8 Coach of the Year
1999 Big Ten Coach of the Year
Playing career
1970-72 Ohio State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kent State

Glen O. Mason (born April 9, 1950 in Colonia, New Jersey) is a commentator for the Big Ten Network and former college football head coach.


Playing career

Mason played college football at Ohio State University where he graduated from in 1972 with a B.A. in education. He was a linebacker, on the depth chart behind Randy Gradishar, Stan White, Vic Koegel, Arnie Jones, and Rick Middleton.[citation needed]

Coaching career

Mason served as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, Ohio State, Ball State, Iowa State, and Allegheny College. He served as the Outside Linebackers Coach and the Offensive Line Coach at Ohio State in 1978 and 1979. In 1980, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator of the Buckeyes and remained in that position through the 1985 season.

Mason was head coach for Kent State University in 1986 and 1987 and the University of Kansas from 1988 to 1996. In 1995, as Kansas prepared for the Aloha Bowl against UCLA, Mason accepted the head coaching position at the University of Georgia. But Mason had a change of heart and stayed with the Jayhawks, but left for the University of Minnesota one season later. His first game with Minnesota in 1997 was against Hawaiʻi, at Aloha Stadium where the Aloha Bowl's successor, the Hawaiʻi Bowl is played. Minnesota lost the game 17-3.

In January 2002, Mason was named the president of the American Football Coaches Association. He was the third Minnesota coach to be awarded this honor joining Bernie Bierman (1935) and Murray Warmath (1968). On December 31, 2006, Minnesota fired Mason immediately following the Gophers' 44-41 overtime loss to Texas Tech in the 2006 Insight Bowl, a game in which the Gophers blew a 38-7 third-quarter lead. At the end of the 2006 season, he had a career record of 123-121-1.


He and his wife Kate have five children and live in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Head coaching records

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Kent State (Mid-American Conference) (1986–1987)
1986 Kent State 5-6 5-3 T-2nd
1987 Kent State 7-4 5-3 T-2nd
Kent State: 12-10 10-6
Kansas (Big Eight Conference) (1988–1995)
1988 Kansas 1-10 1-6 7th
1989 Kansas 4-7 2-5 6th
1990 Kansas 3-7-1 2-4-1 T-4th
1991 Kansas 6-5 3-4 5th
1992 Kansas 8-4 4-3 T-3rd W Aloha 23 22
1993 Kansas 5-7 3-4 5th
1994 Kansas 6-5 3-4 5th
1995 Kansas 10-2 5-2 T-2nd W Aloha 10 9
Kansas (Big 12 Conference) (1996–1996)
1996 Kansas 4-7 2-6 5th N
Kansas: 47-54-1 25-37-1
Minnesota (Big Ten Conference) (1997–2006)
1997 Minnesota 3-9 1-7 T-9th
1998 Minnesota 5-6 2-6 T-7th
1999 Minnesota 8-4 5-3 T-4th L Sun 17 18
2000 Minnesota 6-6 4-4 T-5th L
2001 Minnesota 4-7 2-6 T-10th
2002 Minnesota 8-5 3-5 7th W Music City
2003 Minnesota 10-3 5-3 T-4th W Sun 17 20
2004 Minnesota 7-5 3-5 8th W Music City
2005 Minnesota 7-5 4-4 7th L Music City
2006 Minnesota 6-7 3-5 T-6th L Insight
Minnesota: 64-57 32-48
Total: 123-121-1
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Scesniak
Kent State University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Dick Crum
Preceded by
Bob Valesente
University of Kansas Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Terry Allen
Preceded by
Jim Wacker
University of Minnesota Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Tim Brewster


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