The coaching corpse of Tim Brewster hasn't even begun rotting yet, but there's already been plenty of movement to find a replacement in Minnesota. The Gophers wanted Tony Dungy, Dungy said no thanks, but he'll help. He then offered up Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Lesley Frazier, to which I replied Mike Leach, and then this morning interim head coach Jeff Horton said the school should look at Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
But what if the Gophers wanted to go the crazy route? What if they actually wanted to look outside the state of Minnesota for a replacement? Apparently there are some within the schools who have set their eyes on a crazy old man in Bristol, one who just might have the prescription to make Minnesota football all better. That's right. Dr. Lou.
There was some talk Tuesday that some local dreamers will try to bring Lou Holtz , 73, back as Gophers football coach, with a master plan that Holtz's son Skip, the coach at South Florida, would succeed his dad at Minnesota.Lou Holtsch back to coach the Minneshota Golden Gophersh? Shufferin' shuccotash!
The late Leroy Gardner, who worked for Holtz as an academic adviser at Minnesota, described Holtz as "the most sophisticated (fibber) he had ever seen."
Holtz spent two years at Minnesota before leaving to take over the job at Notre Dame, leading the team to the Independence Bowl. The Gophers beat Clemson in that game, but Holtz had already left for South Bend by then.
Personally, I don't know that hiring Holtz would really make all that much sense for the Gophers. He is 73 years old, and he seems pretty content with his television gig. Besides, I don't want Minnesota's football team being the only people in this country privy to Holtz' pep talks and life advice. That wouldn't be fair to the rest of us.