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Forget an AD search committee; U should hire Beth Goetz

So University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler has appointed another search committee to find a permanent athletic director, and if that committee is as successful as previous ones to hire football coaches and especially athletic directors, it will be a total failure.

At least the athletic directors they’ve hired without search committees, guys like Rick Bay, Mark Dienhart and Paul Giel, did a pretty good job.

But the hiring of football coaches has been a complete flop when the university uses a search committee, except for Murray Warmath, Glen Mason and Lou Holtz.

The best example of a search committee failure was the hiring of Tim Brewster, when the Gophers had a two-person committee of Joel Maturi and Kathy Brown, which I believe Brown dominated. Brewster was hired even though coaches like Gary Patterson of TCU, who turned the job down once and then wanted to accept the position, wasn’t hired; and Charlie Strong, who at the time was a defensive coordinator for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, wasn’t even considered.

Why would any successful athletic director, who has a good job that pays well, consider the Minnesota job that will take the biggest rebuilding job of most any athletic department in the country?

Memo to Kaler: Your present interim athletic director Beth Goetz, is probably as good as anybody you could hire. However if you wanted to do a real successful, hire a local businessman like Pete Najarian, Bob Stein, Dave Mona, Jim Carter or a similar person who knows the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies in this town and could do a better job than anybody you hire from the outside. Anyone hired from a college or university on the outside would only take the job because they are a failure at their current position.

Ex-Dolphins boss Tony Sparano to coach Vikings offensive line

Former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will be the new Vikings offensive line coach.

Sparano coached Miami from 2008-11 and had a 29-31 record, winning the AFC East in his first season.

He was Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, then was an assistant head coach/offensive line in Oakland (2013-14) and San Francisco's tight ends coach last season.

Sparano also was interim head coach in Oakland in 2014, going 3-9 in 12 games. He coached with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Dallas when they were assistants. Sparano has been an NFL coach since 1999.

Zimmer released offensive line coach Jeff Davidson on Tuesday.

Zimmer starts offensive overhaul by firing line coach