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Minnesota Football coaching search: lessons from the 2010 process

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Sometimes to know where you’re going you have to look at where you’ve been.

NCAA Football: Ohio at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Just for fun, I decided to take a look back at the 2010 coaching search where Joel Maturi eventually settled on hiring Jerry Kill after Tim Brewster was dismissed during the 2010 season.

It was a 50 day search to land on Jerry Kill. But Mark Coyle does not have that kind of time to land his guy. Kill was hired on December 6th, giving him 2 full months to hire a staff and get the ball rolling on recruiting. Coyle and his new coach will have less than a month to do the same things.

The Long List of Candidates

Funny...Jerry Kill wasn’t on this list. But it is pretty fun to see some of the names I thought worthy of mentioning. I had to go back and look up a couple of those names to see what they are up to now. And to be honest there are a couple on this list that I’d still consider this time around. Jeffrick followed up my post with a list of his top 5. His list was pretty dang good.

Tim Brewster in 12 Pictures

This is really an TDG Classic that I had totally forgotten about. Buck Bravo, a former TDG writer, encapsulated the Tim Brewster era in 12 pictures. Missing the one of him lying on the Metrodome carpet but otherwise a great read.

Taking Inventory of the Cupboard

Looking back at this is what convinced me to write this post. It was fun to look back at the names from the 2007 and 2011 roster. We haven’t done a roster comparison post this time around, but I do feel very good about the current talent love on this current roster. Whomever comes in should have an opportunity to win right away and not have a 1 or 2 win season in their first year.

The Supposed Final Five Candidates

Doogie is the great insider right? Well his list of the five candidates to watch included Brady Hoke, Troy Calhoun, Dan Mullen, Randy Edsall and Al Golden. And from there it was narrowed down to a Final Three. This should just serve as a reminder that the media is doing their absolute best to find source a scoop on who the next coach will be, but they don’t know anything.

TDG Coaching Bracket

And who can forget the TDG Coaching Candidate Bracket that was on by Troy Calhoun over Mike Belotti.

This post of looking back really serves no purpose other than it was kind of fun to look back at the process, see some old names and enjoy a little nostalgia.