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Updated: November 23rd, 2010 3:17pm
A new phase in the Gophers' football coaching search

A new phase in the Gophers' football coaching search

by Darren Wolfson
1500ESPN.com
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From a source Tuesday afternoon, here's the latest on the Gophers' search for a head coach:

• The research phase seems to be complete. They have a good idea on who is willing to take the job. Athletic director Joel Maturi has made some trips recently. My source was told that he has focused a ton of attention on Air Force (Troy Calhoun), San Diego State (Brady Hoke), and Temple (Al Golden). Presumably, Maturi hopped on an airplane for one reason: to talk to some/all of these candidates. The source wasn't sure how many others are in the mix. But clearly those three very much are.

• Maturi also has researched the "deep south", the source said. He wasn't quite sure what that meant. My own speculation makes me think of Southern Mississippi's Larry Fedora.

• Houston's Kevin Sumlin is spending more time thinking about the opening in Boulder. His interest in the Gophers, or lack-there-of, is telling. Also, the Parker Search Firm hasn't been in contact with Sumlin/his representative for some time. This all could be a part of the "game." However, this source said he would not bet on Sumlin landing here.

• It's becoming extremely likely that the "U" will hire a current head coach.

Update: Maturi Tuesday afternoon: "Lots of reasons to travel in my job. The process to hire a coach continues." Via a text message, I asked him specifically about traveling recently because of the search.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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