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Tag:Joe Maturi
Posted on: November 1, 2010 1:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Minnesota interim Jeff Horton standing by Weber

Posted by Chip Patterson

Minnesota football fans no longer have Tim Brewster to absorb their blame for another failed season in Minneapolis.  While the athletic department is working on narrowing down the list of candidates for his replacement, current interim head coach Jeff Horton has his hands full trying make the best of the games left on the slate in 2010.  With Brewster gone, much of the negativity from the Minnesota faithful has been directed at starting quarterback Adam Weber.  After picking up their eighth straight loss, the emails have been pouring into Horton's account on a daily basis.  According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the e-mails have become so plentiful Horton has created an auto-reply:
He replies to some of the thoughtful ones, spikes the more profane, but can't find time to answer them all. So to save him the trouble, here's a public reply -- all, straight from the keyboard of the Gophers' decision-maker,

Re: Adam Weber and MarQueis Gray. Dear Gophers Fan: No, there are no plans to change quarterbacks. None. Not now, maybe not ever this year. Thanks for your support, and Go Gophers! -- Jeff

"I think I've been pretty clear," Horton said.
Wide receiver MarQueis Gray is reported to only be taking about 10 percent of the snaps during the week in practice, and at this point in the season it would be pointless to try and install a new offense based around Gray's running and decision-making ability.  There has been talks of a pistol package being installed at Minnesota, but with only three games left on the schedule the best chance to win is to stick with the offense at hand and pray for the best.  Weber hasn't even really been that bad as a quarterback, his 17 touchdowns are good for fourth in the conference and statistically is quite similar with Michigan State's Kirk Cousins.  But for a 1-8 team that still has yet to win a game in conference play, statistics are not good enough for the fans.  Sounds like there won't be any changes though, so they might as well get used to it or continue to receive auto-reply's for the remainder of the month. 
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:50 am
Edited on: October 27, 2010 9:54 am
 

Kevin Sumlin emerging as Minnesota frontrunner?

Posted by Chip Patterson

While Minnesota interim head coach Jeff Horton has his hands full this week preparing the Golden Gophers for their conference matchup with Ohio State, athletic director Joe Maturi and the rest of the Minnesota administration are busy trying to narrow the list of coaching candidates.  Several high profile names were tossed around initially (Dungy, Leach), but the one that is gaining steam is current Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Marcus R. Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported early Wednesday morning that there was "lots of love being thrown Kevin Sumlin's way all of the sudden."  Of all the active coaches on the Golden Gophers' radar, Sumlin is one of their most high profile options.  He has only in his third season as a head coach, but his Division I coaching career goes back almost two decades.  

There are several factors that make Sumlin seem like a great fit at Minnesota. Maturi has already stated that the next Golden Gophers head coach needed to "get Minnesota," and Sumlin served as an assistant at Minnesota from 1993-1997.  Sumlin's staff at Houston also has Minnesota connections, with assistant head coach Tony Levine a former Gophers WR and Minnesota native.  He is already getting endorsements from the Gophers football community, most recently from former offensive line coach Gordy Shaw.

Sumlin appears to be a great fit for Minnesota, and a much more favorable option to throwing a ton of money at an inactive coach.  At 46, Sumlin still has a lengthy career ahead and with all of the personal connections to the area (his wife is a native as well), could be interested in setting up shop for the long term.

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