Thursday, December 12, 2002
Mason says he won't make hasty decision
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State athletic director Ron
Mason is in no hurry to hire a coach to replace the fired Bobby
After Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis
withdrew as a candidate Thursday, Mason said he will not talk to
candidates who are involved with bowl games until their seasons are
over. Mason also said he won't make a hasty decision just to
salvage one recruiting season.
"There's no rush,'' he said. "And I'm not talking about it any
further at this point.''
A Michigan State source, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said Lewis and school officials had talked about a contract, but
that he was never offered the job.
When he was asked how many people he has in mind for the job, or
what qualities he's looking for, Mason said: "No answers.
The Spartans have been unable to sustain any success since they
were a national power in the mid-1960s under coach Duffy Daugherty.
Despite consistently sending players to the NFL, Michigan State has
gone to just one Rose Bowl, won three Big Ten titles and won eight
or more games in consecutive seasons once since 1966.
Williams, who had never been a head coach or a coordinator
before taking the Spartans' job, was 16-17 overall and 6-15 in the
Big Ten. Michigan State finished 4-8 in 2002, its worst record
He was fired Nov. 4 with three games left in season, a day after
it was announced that quarterback Jeff Smoker was suspended because
he had a substance-abuse problem and Dawan Moss had been accused of