Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Three weeks along, the search for a new Gophers football coach reached a milestone Thursday: Its first public withdrawal.
Just a few days after praising the Minnesota job as a good one, former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has told a Knoxville, Tenn., radio station that he's not interested, according to the website MrSEC.com.
"It's not a good fit," Fulmer told the station.
The site reported, without citing sources, that Tony Dungy contacted Fulmer to divine his interest, though the 60-year-old Fulmer would not confirm it on the air.
Fulmer won a national championship in 1998, but was fired two years ago after going 5-7, his second losing season in four years. The longtime Tennesseean works as an analyst for CBS College Sports, but has expressed interest in returning to coaching.
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