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?
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?
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).
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?
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.
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.
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
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.