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Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:14 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Minnesota has officially fired Tim Brewster the search for a new head coach in Minneapolis has already gotten under way.  Heck, the Gophers have already been turned down by their top target, Tony Dungy. 

Though Dungy is willing to help his alma mater out in finding its next coach, and he even has somebody in mind.   Unfortunately for Minnesota, the man that Dungy has in mind is not the answer to what ails the Gophers.  I'd also guarantee that the man the school does need is not on Tony Dungy's radar.

Pirates prefer to stay off the radar.

While Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Lesley Frazier may be a good coach, the fact is he's never been a head coach, and no matter how much Tony Dungy likes him, Frazier won't make Minnesota a destination.

Mike Leach would.

If Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi doesn't place a call to Mike Leach before he does Frazier, or any other potential candidate, he's doing a disservice to his school.  Mike Leach is a head coach that would not only bring attention to Minnesota, but he'd also reinvent the program, and just might turn the Gophers into a legitimate threat in the Big Ten.

When was the last time Minnesota could say that?

Yes, there are possible distractions with Leach.  I can't look past the alleged treatment of his former receiver, Adam James.   Still, I can't help but think that if Adam James wasn't the son of ESPN's Craig James, Leach's pirate ship would still be anchored at Texas Tech.

Aside from that one mistake in Lubbock, though, look at what Leach has done with his football teams on the field.  In ten seasons at Texas Tech the Red Raiders never had a losing season, has had ten straight bowl appearances, and never won less than seven games in a season.

You know how many times Minnesota can say they've done any of that in the last ten years?  Let's see, the Gophers have had five winning seasons since 2000, four of which came when Glen Mason was the head coach.  The school has won more than seven games only twice in those ten years, though they have gone to eight bowl games.

They finished higher than fifth in the Big Ten once in those ten years.

In other words, the Gophers have had very similar success to what Texas Tech had before they hired Mike Leach.

So the question for Maturi is this: does he want to go with the career coordinator who might bring a winning tradition to Minnesota, and is good friends with Tony Dungy, or does he want to go with the coach who has proven he knows how to win football games and can put a school on the map?

Seems like an easy decision to me.  If Minnesota wants change then a mutiny is in order, and you need a real pirate to do that.


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Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:32 am

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:06 pm

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Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2010 8:22 am

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

The real question is how well Mike Leach's offense would work in the midwest in October and November.  That offense doesn't seem like it would work real well in freezing temperatures, and heavy snowfall.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:10 am

More on Texas Tech

They are the only school in the Big 12 that has never finished 5th or 6th in their division.  Even Texas and Oklahoma can't say that.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:47 pm

Minnesota needs Mike Leach

If I were an AD looking to hire a coach who could turn my program into a winner, I know that Mike Leach would definitely be on my radar. Tony Dungy and his boyfriend would not. My guess is that Leach will listen to any offer, but hold out for a more attractive position (like maybe Georgia) to open up later in the season. Pirates don't tend to favor cold climates.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:13 pm

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

Leach is the obvious choice.  Plus, I want Frazier to take over for Childrress!  The Vikes let Dungy and Tomlin walk.  Please not Frazier too. 

Sumlin is an intriguing candidate as well.  I still say Leach first, then maybe consider Sumlin.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:01 pm

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

Minnesota head coaching job?? YAWN

Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2010 6:18 pm

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

Minnesota should get Leach. His system is what works; as long as he can get good athletes, he will find kids who fit his style of offense.Yes, Texas is a talent-rich pool, but consider this: he usually got the third-best recruits in the state. Most of the blue-chippers, unfortunately, choose UT and A&M over Tech; lately, even TCU has gotten more of the best players in the state. Leach will bring a new attitude to Minnesota, and I agree with Fornelli; the Gophers should get him before someone else wisens up to him. And, as a Texas Tech fan, I hope he does get the job, and comes back to kick Tech's a**!!!

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:01 pm

Minnesota needs Mike Leach, not Tony Dungy

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