If the rumors of the past 24 hours are correct sometime today we will get word about who the next Head Coach is at the University of Minnesota.
Hats Off to Interim Head Coach Jeff Horton, the staff and the players for staying strong and finishing the year with two wins including bring the pig, Floyd Of Rosedale back to Minneapolis where he belongs.
See this blog post for my photos and video from the Iowa game --> Minnesota Golden Gophers Vs Iowa Hawkeyes 2010 Photos And Video
While we wait I am taking a stroll down memory lane (about 60 days now, has it been longer?) since Tim Brewster was relieved of his duties and the search for his replacement was started.
Below are some of the names that have been mentioned during this process. I am not going to sit here and tell you who was a legit candidate, who was interviewed or who was not.
I have no real clue and until someone on the inside gives an interview or writes a book I doubt anyone will really know.
One thing is for certain, other than a couple of minimal leaks from the athletic department this has been a very tightly run search.
Athletic Director Joel Maturi had some parameters for the new coach and one of them is believed to be that he wanted a current (or recent) college head coach. So you will see the list has very few coordinators mentioned.
Here is the list, if I forgot to mention someone feel free to add them in the comments and then I will add in the list.
These are in no order and links go to their Wikipedia page:
Current Head Coach:
- Jeff Horton – Interim Head Coach Minnesota
- Brady Hoke – Head Coach at San Diego State
- Jim Harbaugh – Head Coach at Stanford
- Chris Petersen – Head Coach at Boise State
- Kevin Sumlin – Head Coach at U of Houston
- Randy Edsall – Head Coach at Connecticut
- Mike Haywood – Head Coach at Miami of Ohio
- Troy Calhoun – Head Coach at Air Force
- Al Golden – Head Coach at Temple
- Dan Mullen – Head Coach at Mississippi State
- Mark Richt – Head Coach at Georgia
- Jerry Kill – Head Coach at Northern Illinois
- Mike Stoops – Head Coach at Arizona
- Gary Patterson – Head Coach at TCU
- Ken Niumatalolo – Head Coach at Navy
- Larry Fedora – Head Coach at Southern Mississippi
Former Head Coach:
- Randy Shannon – Former Head Coach Miami (FL)
- Mike Bellotti – Former Head Coach at Oregon
- Mike Leach – Former Head Coach at Texas Tech
- Phil Fulmer – Former Head Coach at Tennessee
- Gus Malzahn – Offensive Coordinator at Auburn
- Paul Chryst – Offensive Coordinator at Wisconsin
- Dan McCarney – Was the Asst Coach at Florida hired as Head Coach at North Texas
- Marc Trestman – Head Coach at Montreal Alouettes
- Tony Dungy – Former Head Coach at Indianapolis Colts
- Jeff Jagodzinski – Omaha Nighthawks
- Leslie Frazier – Interim Head Coach Minnesota Vikings
- Scott Linehan – Offensive Coordinator Detroit Lions
This is the list from the search in 2007 brought us Tim Brewster: Gopher Football Coach Search 2007