Tony Mason (American football)

Anthony J. Mason (March 2, 1928 – July 23, 1994) was an American football coach. He was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1973 to 1976 and at the University of Arizona in Tucson from 1977 through 1979,[2][3][4] compiling a career college football record of 41–37–1 (.525).

Tony Mason
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Mason from the 1965 Michiganensian
Biographical details
Born(1928-03-02)March 2, 1928
Farrell, Pennsylvania[1]
DiedJuly 23, 1994(1994-07-23) (aged 66)
Cleveland, Ohio
Alma materClarion (PA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?–1963Niles McKinley HS (OH)
1964–1968Michigan (assistant)
1969–1972Purdue (DL)
Head coaching record
Overall41–37–1 (college)

Prior to Cincinnati, Mason was an assistant coach for nine seasons in the Big Ten Conference, five at Michigan under Bump Elliott and four at Purdue. Earlier, he was the head coach at Niles McKinley High School in Niles, Ohio, where the Red Dragons won state championships in 1961 and 1963. Mason was elected to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2002; he died in 1994 at age 66, after collapsing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.[1][4]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cincinnati Bearcats (NCAA Division I independent) (1973–1976)
1973 Cincinnati 4–7
1974 Cincinnati 7–4
1975 Cincinnati 6–5
1976 Cincinnati 8–3
Cincinnati: 25–19
Arizona Wildcats (Western Athletic Conference) (1977)
1977 Arizona 5–7 3–4 5th
Arizona Wildcats (Pacific-10 Conference) (1978–1979)
1978 Arizona 5–6 3–4 T–6th
1979 Arizona 6–5–1 4–3 T–3rd L Fiesta
Arizona: 16–18–1 10–11
Total: 41–37–1


  1. ^ a b "Tony Mason". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. July 25, 1994. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Arizona's Mason quits football post". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. April 8, 1980. p. 1C.
  3. ^ "Mason insists resignation 'not an admission of guilt'". Kingman Daily Miner. (Arizona). Associated Press. April 8, 1980. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b Simpson, Corky (July 25, 1994). "Mason never quite the same after his Tucson experience". Tucson Citizen. (Arizona). Retrieved December 24, 2017.

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