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Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:06 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

Halloween was four days ago, but it seems that Minnesota refuses to take off it's costume.  It decided to dress up as a big-time football program this year, and go from coach's door to coach's door offering each one the opportunity to take over for Tim Brewster.

So far in the Minnesota coaching search we've heard some big names.  Guys like Tony Dungy, Mike Leach and Phillip Fulmer have all been mentioned as possible targets for the Gophers.  Well, while it is somewhat delusional for Minnesota to think that it's the type of school that a coach would view as a step forward in their career, the Gophers want you to know that we've only seen the beginning of their delusions.

According to a report in the Pioneer Press, the Gophers have three other targets atop their list.

At least the University of Minnesota is shooting high in its quest for a new football coach.

A little birdie says the Gophers have targeted, in order of priority, Boise State's Chris Petersen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and Texas Christian's Gary Patterson to replace the fired Tim Brewster.

It seems unlikely any of the trio would leave what he has built for a gigantic rebuilding challenge at Minnesota.
Look, everyone!  Minnesota thinks it's people!

Seriously, while I admire Minnesota shooting for the stars in its search for a new coach, who exactly is it trying to kid here?  Chris Petersen is at a program like Boise State that doesn't seem to have much in its way to a BCS bowl game every season, and if he chose to leave Idaho, he'd have his choice of just about any program in the country with an opening.

Why would he choose Minnesota?

Then you have Jim Harbaugh, who might be looking to leave Stanford for a job in the Big Ten, but that job is in Ann Arbor, not Minneapolis.

Gary Patterson is in much the same boat as Peterson, but it's possible that TCU could be moving to the Big East in the future, which would basically be a guaranteed trip to a BCS game every season as well.  Plus, Minnesota considered Patterson before hiring Brewster, and he wasn't all that interested then, so why would he be now?

I get why Minnesota is going this route.  First of all, you never really know.  If they drive up to one of these coaches homes with a Brinks truck full of cash, someone might just say yes.  It also looks good to the fan base that the school can say they tried to land the big name coach.

But it's not going to happen.

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Tubby was 6th, 7th and 6th the last three years.  Thats average to me.  If thats what you want out of your next football coach then you should have kept Glen Masson.




Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:25 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

The three coaches mentioned are all excellent coaches.  Peterson and Patterson, have beaten some top programs in recent years.  They have taken turns beating each other, in bowls, the past two years.  Though it would be harder to win out every year in a BCS conference, they should do quite well.  If you look at their recruiting classes, they are solid but have very few 4 or 5 star players.  They are developmental coaches.  They would likely recruit better in a BCS conference and put an even better product on the field.  Recruits seem to shun the two schools in spite of their records.  One reason is because of times like this, where both coaches are mentioned for every open coaching job.  Recruits like the good coaches, but want them to be at the school as long as the player is.  Another reason is that, they may consider that BCS teams will be in a BCS bowl every year.  They stand a better chance of attaining that at TCU or BSU.  The Alabamas, OUs, and Auburns will be up there a large part of the time, but look at the Iowa States, Vanderbilts, ACC, Big East teams, or Minnesota,  who seldom are.  Both coaches are revered in their communitie, well paid, and successful at their curent schools.  Why change?



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

That was a stunning evaluation of the article.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

None of that is going to happen. Would you leave Fort Worth and those recruiting grounds for Minnesota weather? No, and neither will Gary Patterson. Leach is the biggest name they are going to get and would probably fit in better in Minnesota than Texas anyway. He will also help recruiting and fix the program quickest. They would be able to keep most in-state offensive talent. Kids love to throw the ball and score. Everybody wants to be the hero.




Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

idiot



Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

No reason not to at least offer!! Dungy; thats pretty funny!! Leach would be the quickest fix..Fulmer would take longer but give him a good recruiting coordinator with Big Ten experience and a good OC;and he'll do a lot better than Brewster..People forget that Fulmer had a 75% or better winning average but got fired because of 2 mediocre recruiting classes and hiring the wrong OC.




Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:04 am
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Well, Tubby has beaten Bo three time in a row, his teams have improved each year, and this year's teams will his best. Remeber, Dan Monson's team was 9-22 the year before Tubby came, and Tubby has brought them to 3 straight 200-win seasons. I expect them to go deeper into the NCAAs this year, and next year even further. So, Tubby is beyond "average." If Badger Joel Maturi could land a football coach who is equivalent to Tubby, we would be thrilled.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:42 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

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Dear Tom,

Thanks for being correct about this topic.  GopherNation has their heads in the clouds about all the great head coaches, around the NCAA, that would love the chance to move to Minnesota.  It's not going to happen. 

I'm glad that GopherNation doesn't go after the South/North Dakota coaching staff, (who recruit Minnesota better then Minnesota does) and attempt to build a program.  Throwing money at coaches doesn't always get results. i.e. Tubby Smith. High expectations - Average results.  Good recruiting classes - Average results.

Fire Joel Maturi, and hire a good coach and an AD from one of the fifty colleges around the area.  Keep Minnesota kids from going to North Dakota and maybe in four years you can go to a Rose Bowl.

From

Ron Rico - A Wisconsin Fan (we have seen it work)

P.S. - Don't listen to me because I enjoy what I'm watching now. 



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Shooting for the stars? Chris Peterson a star? What ever!! He will end up just like two other BSU coaches in the NCAA, worthless.  The only reason he is in such high demand(just like the other two) is their "soft schedule" and that is the reason they have such high win records. As soon as they get hired on a team that actually plays in a conference that have tough teams and then feel what it is like to lose!!! and so far (Hawkins) have had a tough time winning.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Dear Tom,

You are so right! Who in their right mind would move the University of Minnesota to coach! What a bunch of arrogant, out-of-touch people running the show there! They sould definitely shoot for some unknown, Division III loser. No well-respected, championship caliber coach would ever set foot in Minesota. The nerve of them! Thank you for pointing our their stupidity.

Sincerely,

Tubby Smith


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