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Report: MSU Interviews Minn. Coach

December 3, 1999

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan State officials traveled to Minnesota on Thursday and interviewed Golden Gophers football coach Glen Mason for its vacancy, according to a published report.

Michigan State president Peter McPherson, the school’s interim athletic director and five other officials made the trip to Minneapolis on a private jet to meet with Mason, the Lansing State Journal reported Friday.

McPherson, heading the effort to fill the opening created this week when Nick Saban left for LSU, refused to discuss the trip or specify whether Mason was offered the Spartans’ job, the newspaper said.

``It’s very important ... that I simply not say anything about the process,″ McPherson said.

Two of the school’s trustees, Joel Ferguson and Bob Weiss, did not make the trip but said Michigan State would interview additional candidates.

``I assume we’ll be doing that with several people over the next week or so,″ Weiss said.

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