Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Minter's plan pays off

UC football coach rewarded with contract through '05

By Gary Estwick
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Rick Minter's plan each season at the University of Cincinnati has been simple.

        “My goal each year is for our team to win enough games so they'd invite me back the next year,” Minter said.

        With the help of his players and assistant coaches, he has done just that.

        Minter was rewarded Tuesday, the eve of national signing day, with a contract extension that will keep him as the Bearcats' football coach through the 2005 season.

        Terms of the contract were not available. The deal still must go through the university approval process.

        Minter also received a contract extension in 1998.

        Minter, who completed his eighth season at UC in 2001 with his second bowl appearance in as many years, has the longest coaching tenure in the 114-year history of UC football. He is second in UC coaching victories (41-49-1) to Sid Gillman, who was 50-13-1 in the late 1940s and early '50s.

        Minter, 47, was hired Dec.18, 1993, after Tim Murphy left to become the head coach at Harvard.

        The Bearcats went 7-5 last season to finish second in Conference USA for the second consecutive year.

        Under Minter, UC has appeared in three bowl games in five years.

        “Rick has done an excellent job of building a competitive program,” UC athletic director Bob Goin said in a press release.

        “The experience that he has gained as head coach the last eight years will serve the university well in the future.”

        Minter said he's probably more laid-back now than when he came to UC eight years ago. He also said he has gotten better at managing people.

        “I think that's maturing and growing and understanding the kids you have,” he said. “And that's what we've done.”


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