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 .