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UMaine football coach Cosgrove won’t discuss contract until end of 2012 season

Mary Schwalm | AP
Mary Schwalm | AP
Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove gestures from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.
By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Jack Cosgrove has been the head football coach at the University of Maine for the last 20 years.

Cosgrove, whose five-year contract expires June 30, 2013, is waiting until the end of the season to discuss a possible extension.

Cosgrove said he and UMaine athletics director Steve Abbott sat down and talked in September about the coach’s future, but asked to table any further discussions until the Black Bears’ season ends on Nov. 17.

“I have been approached about a future here, but I just thought the timing was bad,” Cosgrove said of their meeting, which came after the season had begun.

“If it becomes a media thing, it distracts from the season,” he said. “It needs to be secondary to the needs of the team.”

Cosgrove is in a position similar to that of five years ago, when the 2007 season ended with his future at UMaine unresolved.

Abbott, whose father Walter was Cosgrove’s coach at UMaine, said Thursday he wants Cosgrove to stay on and will discuss an extension after the Bears finish up on Nov. 17.

“We’re extremely pleased with the job that he’s doing,” Abbott said. “He has coached for 20 years at the university and has done a tremendous job. We would be delighted to have him coaching here in the future.”

Cosgrove is earning a base salary of $175,000 this year, which makes him the second-highest paid coach at UMaine behind men’s hockey coach Tim Whitehead ($190,000).

Cosgrove’s teams have registered a combined record of 108-117 in 19-plus seasons. UMaine has made four trips to the NCAA playoffs, including four appearances in the national quarterfinals in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2011.

This season, UMaine is 2-5 (1-3 CAA) heading into Saturday’s game at William & Mary.

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