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Iíve been an award winning sports journalist and photographer since 1997, and have been covering sports in the Lakes Area since 2000.  I have a background that includes coaching basketball from every level from elementary school to college.  Iím also very proud to say I was a member of the 1988 Minnesota Class AA State Championship team from Rocori High School. 

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Posted By John George
Friday, October 22, 2010
Brewster had to go

As a die-hard Golden Gopher fan, I was skeptical about the hiring a Tim Brewster a few yearís back.  Who was this guy?  How did he get plucked to lead the Golden Gophers into the TCF Bank Stadium era?

The reasonís why he is now the former coach of the U of M are clear.  No need to dwell on them.

Iím glad they decided to pull the trigger now.  It gives them a head start to look for their next leader.

And Iím hoping they go big.  Why mess around with a no-name salesman in the Brewster mold.  So, who is that candidate?

How about former Texas Tech coach Mike Leech?  He has a little baggage, but would be great to give the Gophers a new, exciting look.  He won in the Big 12 with a high-flying, high-scoring offense.  That would be fun to watch in the slow, plodding Big 10 (or whatever they will be called next year).

Eden Prairie head coach Mike Grantís name has been thrown around.  Heís built a powerhouse in Eden Prairie and could get all the in-state studs, but how would he do out in the real world?  Can the Gophers afford to go with a non-proven entity like that?

Is Boise Stateís Chris Peterson available?  Wow, that would be fun.  But I think heíd be looking at bigger and better opportunities if he left the Smurf Turf in Idaho.

Maybe former Tennessee head man Phil Fulmer?  Maybe another SEC guy, Eric Richt (if Georgia lets him go)?  A few years back, I called for the Gopherís to look for Tubby Smith when I thought Kentucky would let him walk.  That seems to have worked out pretty good.

Another nice candidate might be Leslie Frazier, the Vikings defensive coordinator.  Heíd get the blessing, and possibly mentorship from the iconic Tony Dungy, a former Golden Gopher quarterback.

Iíd love to see a guy like Dale Lennon, formerly of UND and currently the head coach at Southern Illinois, get a shot.  He could also recruit the in-state studís, and has proven himself at all other college levels.

One way or another, I hope the Gophers make a big splash.  Do something to bring excitement back to the program and to put some butts into the seatís at The Bank. 

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