AD says coach is secure

Originally Published: January 28, 2005
By Andy Katz | ESPN Insider
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Dan Monson doesn't need to fret. He's safe at Minnesota and should be for years to come. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi told ESPN.com that Monson's job is solid.

Monson, who should be receiving consideration for Big Ten coach of the year with the Gophers' 4-2 start in the league (14-5 overall), has four years remaining on his contract.

Maturi said Monson is in the first year without NCAA penalties that were left over from the Clem Haskins era. He said Monson was going to get five years after the probation as part of his contract.

"He's secure," Maturi said. "I told everyone last February to 'get over it, he's our basketball coach.' Dan Monson deserves a chance to coach without sanctions."

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