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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Coaching Carousel Continues...and other loose ends

Wow, I canít believe itís been a month since the website kicked-off.  Thanks to all of you who have been checking it out, and a lot of you have been checking it out.  Keep spreading the word!

I have a lot to catch up on, so letís get rolling.

Iím SO glad Brad Childress was fired by the Vikings.  I think Leslie Frazier is a good head coach, and I hope he gets the job on a permanent basis.

Rumor has it the Gopherís head coaching job is down to three candidates (with some help from ďThe Daily GopherĒ). 

1. Al Golden.  Golden is young but he's been very successful in his short career.  In 2001 he was name Virginia's defensive coordinator and was the youngest coordinator in D1 football.  In 2005 he was named head coach at Temple making him the second youngest head coach behind only Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern.  As defensive coordinator he took a Virginia defense that was giving up 27.6 ppg in 2001 to 17.7 in 2004 (17th in the nation). 

2. Brady Hoke. Hoke has the most head coaching experience in this group.  He spent six seasons at Ball State that culminated in a 12-0 regular season before he moved on to San Diego State where he is in his second year.  His name might be the sexiest on this list, if you are into that sort of thing, because Hoke has taken a very bad SDSU program and will have them in a bowl game for the first time in 12 years.  They will very likely finish 8-4 (assuming they beat UNLV) and raised some eyebrows when they very nearly gave TCU their first loss of the year.  Their TCU game was the only game TCU has played that finished as a one score game and the Aztecs scored 11 more points than anyone else has on this dominant Horned Frog defense.  It was a loss but they did turn some heads but making it much closer than anyone anticipated.

3. Troy Calhoun.  Of this group Calhoun has easily had the greatest challenges.  Weight restrictions and incredible admissions requirements, not to mention the added stresses of life in a military academy all make things very challenging to produce a successful football team.  Calhoun has been very successful in a very difficult conference.  In 2007 Calhoun led Air Force to wins over TCU and Utah, but has not been able to beat them since.  That year they also beat Notre Dame on their way to a 9-3 season. 

The U of M has announced that the coaching decision will be announced on their twitter and facebook pages.  Check my twitter pageÖI follow the ĎUí and you will see the announcement on there sometime soon.

Does anyone really care about the Timberwolves these dayís?  Dr. Dan Schroeder thinks they should be contracted.  NBA Commissioner David Stern has suggested contraction may be an option.  Maybe Dr. Dan is on to something.

I used to be into the Wild, but theyíve lost their ďsexinessĒ.  They really need to make a splash (i.e., a playoff run) this year to re-capture the buzz theyíve had for their first 10 years.

On the local front, I think basketball in the area is going to be a lot of fun to watch this winter.  The Frazee girls have a very nice team returning, and the Perham girls have an outstanding team coming back.  Both started the season with wins Tuesday night.

For the boys, Perham is going to be VERY fun to watch.  They have shooters, depth, experience, depth, playmakers, depth, size, and did I mention they are a deep team?

You canít say enough about area wrestling.  Both Perham and Frazee will have solid teams.  Watch for the Perham Showcase, featuring 4 MIAC teams Jan. 28.

Please come check out the Jackie Mann Gymnastics Invitational this weekend at Prairie Wind Gymnasium in Perham.  J.V. will go Friday night, the varsity competition will be Saturday featuring Perham, Detroit Lakes, Bismarck Century, Cambridge-Isanti, St. Cloud Apollo, Elk River, Bismarck High, and Minnetonka.   Events start at 11 a.m.

Posted By John George
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
State of Football? NOT

Itís a good thing Minnesota is known as the State of Hockey, because it sure isnít the State of Football.

Letís start with the Vikings mess.  Iíve never been a fan of Favre, although I grew to respect him u until his retirement drama started six or so years ago.  And Iíve really never been a fan of Chili.  I donít know how he ever got a head coaching job, and I sure donít know what he did to deserve an extention last year about a month into the Favre era.

But Chiliís actions this week with Moss take the cake.  Not consulting with the owner?  Thatís not good.  ESPNís Adam Shefter tweeted several members of the Vikings team were upset as well, and that Chili has lost the locker room.

Duh.  I wonder if he ever really had it.

Iím hoping the Vikes pull the plug on Chili ASAP after the final game of the season, and make a push for Jon ďChuckyĒ Gurden, or Bill Cower.  They need a hard-nosed, established guy who will leave no question on who is in control.

Moss may have had a bad attitude, and caused some problems, but thatís because he saw weakness in Chili.  He smelled blood in the water and tried to see how far he could exert himself to assert his own authority over the head coachís. 

But when you make a trade for a guy, and only have him locked up through the end of this season, and only this season, why not just keep him?  Didnít they know he was capable of something like this?

 

Now, onto my Gophers.  Who will be their next head man?

Some rumors say that the lead candidates arenít interested in coming to Minnesota.  So who is?

Maybe Marc Trestman.  He is a former Gopher who has coaching experience at the college and professional levels.  His most recent coaching gig was as the QB coach and Offensive Coordinator at North Carolina State in 2005-06.  Heís been the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Well first and foremost he is one of us.  He played for the Gophers for three years and grew up in St. Louis Park.  He's from here and possibly would want to return to the U of MN and turn that program into a winner.

But heís not exactly a sought after head college coach.  He wouldnít be a candidate at any other school in the country.

Another name is Al Golden.  Well, at least he has the right name.

Golden is currently the head coach at Temple.  Heís been a defensive assistant at Penn State, Virginia and Boston College.  Now, Temple is no powerhouse, but they were DREADFUL before he took over.  After an 1-11 season his 1st year, heís gone 13-12 the last two seasons, including a 9-4 campaign in 2009.  But, he might be waiting for JoPa to retire at Penn State.

Mike Leech, the former Texas Tech coach, would be good.  Iíd love to see him try to light up the big 10, or New Big 12, or whatever they will call themselves.

Other names include Brady Hoke (San Diego State), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), and Vikings defensive coordinator, Lesley Frazier.  I could see Fraizer working, and he should get an interview if heís interested.  Those other two guys donít do much for me.

Well, one way or another, the new coach can only go up from where Brewster took the program.

Isnít it hockey season yet?

 

Posted By John George
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