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Continued: Jim Souhan: Hiring right coach for two jobs is test for Gophers' AD

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 1, 2007 - 4:39 PM

Mason too often delighted in small victories and large excuses. He was good enough to nudge the Gophers to the brink of success without being good enough to capitalize on such position.

Whether Maturi hires his new alpha coaches from midmajors or high schools or the back rooms of major programs, he needs to choose people who believe they can succeed here, and who can make those around them believe, as well.

Mason was happy to stay one stride ahead of Jim Wacker's legacy.

We all know Minnesota basketball should thrive. This program has the venue, heritage and local talent base to occasionally contend for a Big Ten title.

U football does not enjoy all of those advantages, but we shouldn't have to hear that from the new football coach.

If Maturi does his job, the new coach will inspire as much optimism as a New Year's Eve firing of Minnesota's second-most smug and underachieving football coach.

Jim Souhan can be heard Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon on AM-1500 KSTP.

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