Glen Mason, who for the past nine years has coached at Kansas, has been hired as head coach at Minnesota.
Mason, whose Jayhawks finished 4-7 this season after a 10-2 mark in 1995, agreed to a seven-year contract that could pay him more than $500,000 a season at Minnesota.
Minnesota has lost 24 of its last 27 Big Ten Conference games.
Auburn has extended Coach Terry Bowden’s contract through 2001 despite two consecutive disappointing seasons.
After posting a 20-1-1 record in Bowden’s first two seasons, the Tigers have slipped to 15-8 over the past two seasons, including a 7-4 mark this season.
Texas defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was hired as coach at Western Michigan. Darnell, an assistant with the Longhorns for five years, replaces Al Molde, who was fired after 10 seasons.
Colorado’s Matt Russell was selected as winner of the Butkus Award, given by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando to college football’s best linebacker.
ABC broadcaster and former Pittsburgh Steeler and USC receiver Lynn Swann was selected the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 1996 Man of the Year.
Northern Colorado won its first Division II title with a 23-14 victory over Carson-Newman at Florence, Ala. Michael Schauer kicked three field goals and Billy Holmes ran for 136 yards and a touchdown for Northern Colorado (12-3). Carson-Newman finished 12-2. . . . Bill Borchert threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns as Mount Union (14-0) posted a 56-24 victory over Rowan (10-3) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III championship game, at Salem, Va.