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Gophers looking for a big name as next football coach

There are 117 comments on the story from Oct 19, 2010, titled Gophers looking for a big name as next football coach. In it, reports that:

Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders talks with his defense while playing against the University of Houston at Robertson Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas.

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Bagley, MN

#1 Oct 19, 2010
Mike Grant would be fine. He's a proven head coach who would recruit well within the state and would probably come at a lot less cost.
Leslie Frazier

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 19, 2010
What about me?

Since: Sep 08

Farmington, MN

#3 Oct 19, 2010
Terry wrote:
Mike Grant would be fine. He's a proven head coach who would recruit well within the state and would probably come at a lot less cost.
two big time college head coaches have come through the ranks of being a high school school head coach with no head coaching experience at the college level, tim brewster and jerry faust (notre dame) both were huge failures, forget about grant, if this is his dream job then he should have moved up into the small college ranks years ago

East Grand Forks, MN

#4 Oct 19, 2010
Assuming that a non-high school coach like Leach or Frazier gets the job, wouldn't it be wise on their part to hire a prominent high school coach like Grant, as an OC, DC, or position coach? A guy like Grant, in addition to his coaching abilities, could certainly aid in recruiting in the upper midwest. He would have personal relationships with virtually all of the coaches in the state, as well as many in the surrounding states, due to conferences, clinics, and the like. Minnesota's inability to secure the occasional regional "star" sticks out like a sore thumb.

To Terry,
I don't think "come at a lot less cost" is going to rectify anything, nor is it what the "U" has in mind. They might as fold up the football program, or start playing Ivy league schools, if they decide to "go cheap" now. A high school coach, no matter how decorated, in NOT going to get the job of head coach.
Dont Panic

Dunedin, FL

#5 Oct 19, 2010
I am going to butcher the name, but what about Rickey Foggie, The old qb for the Gophers? He used to coach in the arena leagues and if I remember right, though I don't know what his track record is with that ...

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 19, 2010
Leslie Frazier and Bob Nielson (UMD) should be included in the group. Line either of these two along side of Leach, and realize that Leach is a clown...Frazier and Nielson are quality.

No high school coaches please, their success relies on the feeder program, not recruiting.

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 19, 2010

Duluth doesn't want to lose Bob Nielson, but if they do, why not to the Gophers?
billy boy

Albany, OR

#9 Oct 19, 2010
A big name coach is what the Gophers have lacked since Lou Holtz. Enough of the experiments with inferior coaches. Time to fire Maturi as well.

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Oct 19, 2010
Seriously folks, if Maturi hires Mike Grant, this Gopher alum and die-hard fan burns every article of maroon and gold clothing and merchandise and returns to his Bucky Badger roots. And I'll bet I speak for many U o M fans who would wholeheartedly reject such a move. This simply cannot and should not happen.

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 19, 2010
Leach should be the one, but Maturi has repeatedly demonstrated, he does not have the brains or Kahunas to pick him , in this " politically correct " state. Grant is a great high school coach, but at this time in the Gophers history, the school cannot afford to go way out on a limb again. The Minn. Duluth coach is not a Big Time Name, and thats counts in recruiting. Jim Levitt is available and he took a program at Univ. of South Florida, from Div 11 to the top 10 in Div 1 in less than 5 years ! Dan Mullen, is my favorite pick, but after his Mississippi State team knocked off Florida, he probably would pass. He turned that program around! Steve Spurrier has shown, that even a big name coach, with a National title under his belt, has a difficult time, when the school is not in Florida, Texas, or Californis ! He is doing ok this year as his quarterback is a Florida kid, who transferred to S.C from Univ. of Miami
toivo 2 feathers

Wenatchee, WA

#12 Oct 19, 2010
Leach would have the Texas recruiting connections that would be a big plus.
unlike sid

Leicester, NC

#13 Oct 19, 2010
The gophers need an edge to them. they've not had that since, sheesh i can't remember when. Leach would give them that edge. Leach would be able to recruit players from where ever. MN, Texas and anywhere inbetween, if he wins.

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Oct 19, 2010
What has been lacking for years is consistency in both the offense and defense. We hardly need a new coach that excels in just one of those aspects. Yes, the name of the game is recruting, and it will take an established name to make that happen. If they could steal someone from the SEC it would be great. Will it happen? Probably not. It wil be someone from the likes of Houston, Temple, UConn, etc. Look at the dude that Auburn managed to sign. That's the type of coach the Goph's need.

Chesterfield, MO

#15 Oct 19, 2010
Leach has proven himself, but I'm not sure about the baggage or whether he'd leave for the first job offer back in Texas. I like Grant, but after what we just went through with a coach with no collegiate head coaching experience, he's too big of a risk. I think they should take a long look at Trestman. A Minnesota guy with tons of coaching experience and success as a head coach albeit in Canada. He would not be leaving for another job even if he was wildly successful here. Also a very smart guy who would surround himself with solid assistants. Two downsides are his age and he is not a proven recruiter.
Hope Maturi is up to it

Madison, WI

#16 Oct 19, 2010
I sure hope Joel Maturi is totally committed to Minnesota Gopher sports and doesn't still have some allegiance to Wisconsin and the Badgers. The selection of the right person for this important post is crucial for future Gopher success. So here's hoping Joel has his heart and mind in the right place when making this significant selection.
Next Coach

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 19, 2010
Give me a break........Grant coaches a team of high school all-stars! My kid can coach those guys. Give him a team of leftover recruits and he won't win 2 games a year
Mike in San Antonio

Universal City, TX

#18 Oct 19, 2010
Mike Leach will bring excitement to Gopher football. He didn't have the greatest talent in Texas competing with Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M but had a knack of recruiting players that performed well in his "system". As long as he doesn't recruit spoiled sons of former NLF players he will do great.

United States

#19 Oct 19, 2010
Mike Grant.....your kidding! We don't need another coach with only HS expierence. We just had one of those in Brewster and looked how that turned out! Don't give me this crap about how good EP is each year. If EP had the balls to do what Lakeville did, add another HS and split up EP, grant wouldn't be there every year!
A simple observation

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Oct 19, 2010
Maturi is a joke and you people are insane, at a time when the U is asking the state legislators for 1.3 billion dollars of tax payer money you have no concern about wasting a lot on money searching for and signing a head coach, I've got an idea that would save money and eliminate the hassle just drop the gopher football program use the stadium as a flea market and don't be concerned with spending millions of dollars of tax payer money searching for and signing a head coach. Very simple, and for those of you that say football brings in huge amounts of revenue, well the media and number crunchers want people to believe that when in reality football is very costly and unnecessary at any University .

Madison, WI

#21 Oct 19, 2010
I'd take Mike Grant in a heartbeat over the aptly-named "Leach" (sic). Stay away from guys with Leach's baggage, PLEASE. Grant has the pedigree, including the self-depracating sense of humor (gee, wonder where he got that? LOL). But he's probably dead on...Gerry Faust killed that dream.

I'd love a guy like Marc Trestman, as long as he could land a killer recruiter with some sparkling personality to get out there and beat the bushes. Leach would stay here only as long as it would take to resurrect his coaching career, then bolt for the first "high profile" opening. Remember the Glen Mason dalliances with OSU and MSU? No thanks. That's one reason a guy with MN roots would be more likely to stay. For decades we were once a top 5 program. We need to be that again.

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