On January 7, 2007 I created a blog specifically for Minnesota Golden Gopher football called Gopher The Roses, www.gopherfootballblog.com. There you will find all of the posts from this site and more in depth coverage on all things Gopher football than I was able to do here on the business blog.
Link for my reaction after the game Fire Coach Glen Mason?
As I write this a little after midnight on January 2nd and around 31 hours since the official announcement by Athletic Director Joel Maturi of the firing, I think the politically correct term may be dismissal, there have already been a number of names tossed out as potential candidates to replace former head coach Glen Mason.
As this process moves along I will continue to update the list. Some of these names are in my opinion not at all possible for the university and/or the coach but here goes and in no particular order:
-Tony Dungy. A former Gopher player. Why on earth would he leave the Colts?
-Lou Holtz. Coached here for two years between Arkansas and Notre Dame. Has sworn he has retired.
-Mike Grant. Some of Bud Grant. A local high school coach with a top program in the state.
-Marc Trestman. I lost track of where he is now. A MN native. 17+ years in the NFL.
-Dan McCarney. Recent Iowa State head coach.
-Craig Bohl. North Dakota State Head Coach. Division I-AA. Great coach. Good recruiter.
-Frank Solich. Ohio University Head Coach. Former Nebraska coach.
-Skip Holtz. East Carolina Head Coach. Lou's son.
-Joe Glynn. Wyoming Head Coach.
-Mitch Browning. Was the recent Gopher Offensive Coordinator.
-DeWayne Walker. UCLA Defensive Coordinator. A former Gopher Cornerback in the early 80's.
-Paul Chryst. Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator. Would have connections to A.D. Joel Maturi.
-Mike Tice. Former Vikings Head Coach and current Assistant Coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
-Mike Price. UTEP Head Coach.
Updated January 2nd, 5:30 pm:
Take Tony Dungy off the list, Dungy passes on college job, assistant talking to Ariz..
Updated January 2nd, 4:00 pm:
I am not a listener of talk radio but this afternoon I tuned in to KFAN, a popular Minnesota sports talk radio station, and caught the last part of an interview with Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi.
From what I heard:
-Search firms have been spoken with but no group has been retained yet.
-This could be a quick search and plans to have a coach hired in 3-4 weeks. (That does not seem quick to me.)
-He has not met with Glen Mason, their conversation was over the phone.