Tag:Minnesota football
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 4:18 pm

Minnesota WR Harris dismissed from team

Posted by Chip Patterson

Minnesota wide receiver Ge'Shun Harris has been dismissed from the football team, head coach Jerry Kill announced on Thursday.

The junior wide receiver was charged with financial transaction card fraud for allegedly using a stolen credit card. Police say he took the card from another person's bag at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Harris was charged on Monday, and Kill was informed on Thursday.

“We had no idea about this situation until today,” Kill said in an official release. “Based on our team policies and the way we run our program, Ge’Shun Harris was immediately dismissed from our football program. Every member of our team is well-aware of our expectations of them and how we enforce our team policies.”

The junior college transfer only had one catch for 28 yards in 2011, and did not appear in any other games. This is also not the first off-field incident for Harris. He has already pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft and also faces an additional shoplifting charge.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 10:10 am

Fulmer: Minnesota 'has great potential'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday, reports began to surface that former Tennessee head coach and current CBS College Sports analyst Phillip Fulmer had emerged as a candidate for the open coaching position at the University of Minnesota.  Initially, there was some speculation as to the probability of Fulmer being enticed by the position.  After all, names such as Tony Dungy, Mike Leach, Scott Linehan, and Marc Trestman (the hometown favorite), have all come up in reports since Tim Brewster's firing in mid-October.

Also, as Tom Fornelli pointed out, there is doubt that Fulmer, 60, would want to take on the task of rebuilding a program that has not seen overwhelming success in quite some time.  But after seeing his interest in the Louisville job, eventually given to Charlie Strong, it is fair to assume that Fulmer is most interested in coaching, less so where.  When asked by the Knoxville News Sentinel about any possible contact with Minnesota, Fulmer was non-committal, though he did offer some kind words about the program.     

“Minnesota has great potential, and with its new facilities it’s a place you could recruit to,’’ Fulmer told the News Sentinel on Tuesday night. “I believe it’s a place where you can compete.’’

COMPETE. There is that operative word for a program that has not won a conference title since 1967.  Fulmer would bring an awfully impressive resume to Minneapolis, particularly 13 nationally ranked finishes in his 17 years of head coaching.  While athletic director Joe Maturi said that he preferred the next candidate "get" Minnesota, other sources have indicated that a "Tubby Smith-type hire" may be probable to fill Brewster's position.  While Fulmer spent nearly all of his coaching career with the Volunteers, he is a seasoned and respected in the national scene.  His pedigree would elevate the program's status almost immediately, the challenge would be utilizing that status to produce winning seasons.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 5:53 pm

Hinnen's Insane Predictions, Week 8

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that  South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week . Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Playing at home for interim coach Jeff Horton and that until-now foreign concept known as pride, Minnesota surprises Penn State and their ever-creaky offense with 17 first-half points, then hold on for a 17-13 upset. After the game, Joe Paterno offers up something even more surprising, issuing his resignation effective at the end of the year to ESPNU's speechless sideline reporter. To drive his point home, Paterno leaves his trademark glasses at the edge of the TCF Bank Stadium field, a la an Olympic wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat. ESPN issues a press release promising to include footage of Paterno's gesture in every college football montage from now until 2024.

Severely Unlikely

At halftime of the Missouri -Oklahoma game, the visiting Sooners hold a commanding 24-3 lead. Just before the break, Gary Pinkel is spotted pushing a button on some kind of radio-like device on his belt. A few minutes later, Bob Stoops is just about to begin his halftime team talk when there's a knock on the locker room door. It's Mizzou alumnus Jon Hamm , dressed as his famous Mad Men character Don Draper . He introduces himself as Draper and asks if he could speak to the team for a minute. Stoops, a huge Draper fan, is awestruck and concedes. Hamm/Draper has a lackey wheel in a wet bar and offers Stoops and the rest of the Sooner staff a stiff drink as he begins to pitch the rest of the Sooners on what he calls a "revolutionary" sports drink called "Gator-ade." Too polite to decline, Stoops and his staff are severely tipsy by the end of the break. 12 different second-half double-passes back to quarterback Landry Jones later, Missori escapes with a 27-24 win.

Completely Ludicrous

Washington State goes on the road and defeats No. 12 Stanford.

Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:38 pm

Tim Brewster may have driven Minnesota to drink

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

That's right, it's another update on Minnesota football on the CBS College Football Blog. Maybe you don't think the trials and travails of the Big Ten 's worst team is worth that much attention, but consider that in the last two weeks, the Gophers 1. threatened to fire their ironically hilarious coach if he lost one more game 2. lost that game in ironically hilarious fashion 3. fired the coach as the same athletic director who'd hired him taunted him as "not Vince Lombardi" 4. turned the ignition on a coaching search that in all logic should end in the hiring of Cap'n Mike Leach 5. had to douse a nasty rumor the coach had gone Hal McCrae on the team trophy case.

If you're a college football blogger, there's no way to ignore catnip like that. If you're a Minnesota football fan, it's probably enough to drive you into the waiting arms of sweet, sweet alcohol. Which heeeeeeeey , that might just give the Minnesota administration an idea :

Just days after Tim Brewster's firing, the University of Minnesota will be spending a lot of money to find a new coach. People wonder if lifting a ban on alcohol sales at Gopher games would bring in more cash to the U of M.
Well, the question isn't actually "if" selling alcohol would bring in the dough; "people in the know" say a liquor license could net the program a quick-n'-easy $3 million. (And "people in the know" are never wrong.) That might be enough to lure the good Cap'n all by its lonesome.

But of course, when we're talking about alcohol, nothing's simple. As the Fox video report on the issue ...

... illustrates, the Gopher powers-that-be haven't even moved this into the discussion stage just yet. But they do have options: either to go whole hog, to just allow alcohol in the brand-spanking-new TCF Bank Stadium's luxury boxes, or to keep teetotaling.

The video also illustrates that plenty of other Big Ten schools -- like Michigan -- make plenty of money without liquor sales. But those other schools aren't Minnesota. The Gophers are behind a serious financial eight-ball, trying to pay for the new stadium, for Brewster's buyout, for the inevitable assistants' buyouts, for the new coach's salary, for his assistant's new salaries, all while dragging around the millstone of widespread fan apathy and inconsistent revenue streams.

In short: if they're not considering it yet, they probably ought to be.

HT: Get the Picture .

Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: October 20, 2010 11:24 am

Scott Linehan gets endorsement for UM job

Posted by Chip Patterson

Tim Brewster's mid-season firing from his post as head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers had led to an early spin of the coaching carousel.  But what would college football be if we couldn't sit around discussing coaching rumors.  Tony Dungy, reportedly one of Minnesota's top targets, has already declined interest in the job.  It has been suggested that Minnesota should seek the services of former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, and he has already stated he is willing to listen to anybody.  Jeff Horton, the Golden Gophers first-year offensive coordinator, has found himself assuming the duties of the departed Brewster and has already begun endorsing candidates for the open position when he was speaking to the media on Tuesday.

"Scott Linehan would be an awesome candidate," said Horton, who was chosen to coach the Gophers' final five games this season after Tim Brewster was fired Sunday. "He would bring his record here with the Vikings, and their offense speaks for itself. He's coached in college before. He knows the college game, and he's been on the highest level in the pros."

Linehan has spent the better part of the last decade bouncing from several different positions in the NFL.  He served as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota (including the high-octane 2004 season, referenced above), Miami, and served the same position for the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions.  Linehan's only head coaching experience was a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams that included an 11-25 record and getting fired four games into his third season.  Horton has spent the last four season working on Linehan's staff (2006-2008 with St. Louis, 2009 with Detroit), and clearly wants to get his "close friend" back into the college game.  Linehan's last college coaching experience was serving as offensive coordinator from 1996-2001 at Washington and Louisville.

Linehan does not bring the type of resume that Leach would, and might not be the first choice of fans and boosters.  The Pioneer Press suggested on Tuesday that Minnesota might pursue former Golden Gophers quarterback Marc Trestman.  Trestman, now head coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, would not address the situation with the Canadian press.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:05 pm

Report: Mangino hired by Minnesota as consultant

Posted by Chip Patterson

It may seem like an exaggeration, but the 1-2 Minnesota Golden Gophers have could be 3-0 right now.  If it weren't for USC's Robert Woods 97-yard kick return TD in the late third quarter or a few bad bounces against South Dakota, the Gophers would be feeling very different about their season.

But yet another sluggish start for Minnesota has the Golden Gophers looking for answers.  Reports have made it seem to look like they will be looking to a former coach and friend of the program to help with those answers.
It's been less than a year, but it appears that former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino is returning to college football.  According to a local report, Mangino has been hired by the University of Minnesota in a non-coaching role to assist current head coach Tim Brewster.  

KSTP Channel 5, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, is reporting that Mangino had been hired as a consultant to University of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster.  

Several Minnesota media outlets reported over the weekend that Mangino was on the Gophers’ sideline during their loss to USC last Saturday.

On Wednesday afternoon, University of Minnesota officials refuted the report in response to an email sent by the Journal-World late Tuesday night.

Mangino, the 2007 Coach of the Year, left Kansas amidst allegations of verbal and physical player abuse.  The end of Mangino's era at Kansas were included some of the most successful in Jayhawks history.  In that 2007 season, Kansas was 12-1 and made their schools first BCS appearance ever in the Orange Bowl.  

The Jayhawks dominating defense was one the characteristics of Mangino's team, and if there a spot where he can help immediately at Minnesota it is on the defensive side of the ball.  The Golden Gophers are giving up an average 30.0 points per game so far this season, against a relatively soft schedule.  Brewster and Mangino should work well together, the two have been known as friends and have often spoken highly of each other.

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