Posted by Tom Fornelli
Ever since Minnesota fired Tim Brewster, the school's head has been in the clouds when considering who to hire to replace him. Names like Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, Jim Harbaugh, and somebody at the school has probably wondered about Bear Bryant too. The thing that all these coaches have in common -- well, not the late, great Mr. Bryant -- is that if they were to leave their current jobs to take over at Minnesota, they'd be taking a step backward. Which Minnesota just doesn't seem to get.
Which is why I was somewhat relieved to see the latest name to come up in the Gophers coaching search, because this one actually seems sensible. According to a report in the Pioneer Press, Brady Hoke of San Diego State is now on the list of "serious" coaching candidates. Which just makes sense, so kudos to you, Minnesota.
Hoke has experience in the Big Ten, spending eight years at Michigan as a defensive coach and is from Ohio. He also led Ball State to a 12-1 mark in 2008 before moving on to San Diego State. Now, in his second season there, Hoke has the Aztecs at 7-2 with a chance at a Mountain West title if they can pull off the upset of TCU this weekend.
In other words, he's a coach that has had to work his way up the ladder, and had success everywhere he's been. You don't think he'd be interested in coming back to the Big Ten -- most certainly a step forward for him -- and taking over the Minnesota job? The most important thing for Minnesota to consider, though, is that it's not the the only school who has likely taken notice of Hoke. Colorado has an opening right now, too, and it's likely going to turn its attention to Hoke soon as well.