University of Kansas football coach Glen Mason withdrew his name from consideration yesterday for the coaching position at the University of Maryland.
Mason, 41, who has a 14-29-1 record in four years at Kansas, said he informed Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger of his decision yesterday morning. Mason was not interviewed by Geiger.
"It's not that I wouldn't be interested," said Mason, who also said yesterday that he had not been interviewed for the University of Minnesota job. "I don't know Andy Geiger, but I know his reputation, and it's a good one. I'm familiar with the East Coast because I'm from New Jersey, and I know the past reputation of Maryland football, and I know it's an excellent situation.
"But when I came to Kansas four years ago, it was one of the worst programs in the country. I don't want to sound like I'm tooting my own horn, but we've turned from losers to winners [going 6-5 this season]. We've made a lot of progress, and my decision had nothing to do with Maryland."
Maryland also has contacted Kansas State officials about head coach Bill Snyder, but it's unlikely Maryland will be able to sign Snyder.
Snyder has a buyout clause in his five-year contract, which rolls over every June. If Snyder leaves the university, he has to pay Kansas State for the remaining years on his contract. Snyder reportedly makes $150,000 a year.
The Maryland job came open 2 1/2 weeks ago when Joe Krivak resigned.
Krivak, 56, had a 20-34-2 record in five years at Maryland. Monday night Krivak said he would be interested in serving on Bobby Ross' staff if Ross is named coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Krivak served as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator under Ross when Ross coached at Maryland from 1982 through 1986.
When asked yesterday whether Maryland could withdraw its settlement arrangements on the final three years of Krivak's contract if he takes the job with the Chargers, Geiger said he did not know.
"Actually, the final financial consideration for Joe is still open," said Geiger of Krivak's contract, worth $94,000 per year. "I would have to look into the situation before I can make a statement."