Gophers Coaching Search Continues

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

The search for a new head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team continues.

Over the weekend it became apparent that former Wolves head coach Flip Saunders doesn’t want the job. Multiple media outlets have reported that Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague began negotiating on Friday with Saunders, and by Saturday afternoon Saunders had turned down the job. Saunders joins Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State and Shaka Smart at VCU as the third person to reportedly turn down coaching the team in the wake of the Tubby Smith firing.

Insiders are telling WCMP that the search now might focus on Marquette coach Buzz Williams whose team ended its NCAA tournament run on Saturday. Included in the Williams resume are recruiting relationships in Chicago.

Teague is under pressure to not only hire the right coach but accomplish it soon, leaving time for recruiting and also not encouraging players on the Gophers’ roster to think about transferring.

Right now Gophers fans are right to feel angry as it appears Smith was let go with no real plan of succession. The Gophers have also reportedly reached out to Florida Gulf Coach University coach Andy Enfield.

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