Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's starting to look like Minnesota may finally be moving closer to their goal of finding a new head coach. According to a few reports, San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke talked to an official from the University of Minnesota about the head coaching job over the weekend. Hoke wouldn't go into details when asked about any meetings, but he did admit that a meeting took place.
"I did have an informal conversation about an opening that's out there," said Hoke. The Aztecs coach also said he wasn't going into any details "out of respect for that other school and the kids we have here that we're 100 percent committed to and will stay committed to."
Which sounds nice, but I'm not exactly sure how you can say you're 100 percent committed to the kids you currently have about 15 seconds after you admit you just talked to another school about another job. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming Hoke for taking the meeting, I would too.
As for who Hoke had the meeting with, Monday Night Football sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya said on her radio show Tuesday that she shared a plane from San Diego back to Minnesota with a few familiar faces. Those faces being Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi and his assistant Dave Mona. Though I suppose it's possible that they were just in San Diego for the weekend on holiday.
Minnesota has said that it would like to have its head coaching search wrapped up before the holidays, and while the prospect of finding someone before Thursday doesn't seem strong, it's possible that the school could have its coach by the end of next week. After all, when Hoke left Ball State to take over in San Diego, he did so at the end of the regular season and before the bowl game.
It's not crazy to think he'd do it again.