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Fulmer not interested in Minnesota job

Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:06 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Since firing Tim Brewster , just about every college football coach who has experienced any kind of success in the last 20 years running a program has had his name pop up as a possible candidate to take the head coaching job at Minnesota .  Names like Mike Leach , Tony Dungy , Chris Petersen , Gary Patterson and even Lou Holtz have been tossed out as candidates.  All coaches who probably wouldn't leave their current gigs for the Gophers without a gun pointed to their heads.

Another coach who had been named, and is actually out of work and looking to get back in the game, is former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer .  Fulmer would be a much more viable candidate than somebody like Petersen or Patterson, but there's one small problem for Minnesota.  According to a radio report, he doesn't want the job.

Jimmy Hyams , a radio host at Knoxville's WNML-AM/FM, said on his show Thursday that he contacted Fulmer about his interest in the Minnesota job and that Fulmer said it "was not a good fit" for him.  Which isn't all that surprising.  Odds are that at the age of 60, if Fulmer wants to get back in to coaching he's going to want to do so at a program that won't provide such a sizable challenge as Minnesota does.

The Gophers aren't built to compete in the Big Ten right now, and it would take years before any coach was able to get the program on par with schools like Ohio State , Wisconsin , Iowa , Nebraska and even Michigan .

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 3:08 pm

Fulmer not interested in Minnesota job

Well, OK, some of those reasons obviously don't apply to ND.  The biggest one frankly is location.  These days, very few kids with the option of going to, say, Arizona State or going to Minnesota are going to choose to live through horrific winters.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 3:06 pm

Fulmer not interested in Minnesota job

No already (or formerly) successful coach in his right mind would want the Minnesota job, for a lot of the same reasons Notre Dame was a tough sell.  Northern (very) location, crappy organization, heavy duty conference competition above, I seriously doubt the fan base travels well, etc.  They'll have to hire an up-and-comer from a small school or an assistant from a big school looking to make the jump to HC. That or Dan Hawkins.  It will take years to get Minnesota nationally competitive, if it ever happens.  It's just another Iowa State, Kansas, Vandy, Washington State, [insert lower-tier Big East school here].  May have a good year once in awhile, never consistently a winner.  The kind of job where a coach goes to die.

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