Halloween was four days ago, but it seems that Minnesota refuses to take off it's costume. It decided to dress up as a big-time football program this year, and go from coach's door to coach's door offering each one the opportunity to take over for Tim Brewster.
So far in the Minnesota coaching search we've heard some big names. Guys like Tony Dungy, Mike Leach and Phillip Fulmer have all been mentioned as possible targets for the Gophers. Well, while it is somewhat delusional for Minnesota to think that it's the type of school that a coach would view as a step forward in their career, the Gophers want you to know that we've only seen the beginning of their delusions.
According to a report in the Pioneer Press, the Gophers have three other targets atop their list.
At least the University of Minnesota is shooting high in its quest for a new football coach.Look, everyone! Minnesota thinks it's people!
A little birdie says the Gophers have targeted, in order of priority, Boise State's Chris Petersen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and Texas Christian's Gary Patterson to replace the fired Tim Brewster.
It seems unlikely any of the trio would leave what he has built for a gigantic rebuilding challenge at Minnesota.
Seriously, while I admire Minnesota shooting for the stars in its search for a new coach, who exactly is it trying to kid here? Chris Petersen is at a program like Boise State that doesn't seem to have much in its way to a BCS bowl game every season, and if he chose to leave Idaho, he'd have his choice of just about any program in the country with an opening.
Why would he choose Minnesota?
Then you have Jim Harbaugh, who might be looking to leave Stanford for a job in the Big Ten, but that job is in Ann Arbor, not Minneapolis.
Gary Patterson is in much the same boat as Peterson, but it's possible that TCU could be moving to the Big East in the future, which would basically be a guaranteed trip to a BCS game every season as well. Plus, Minnesota considered Patterson before hiring Brewster, and he wasn't all that interested then, so why would he be now?
I get why Minnesota is going this route. First of all, you never really know. If they drive up to one of these coaches homes with a Brinks truck full of cash, someone might just say yes. It also looks good to the fan base that the school can say they tried to land the big name coach.
But it's not going to happen.