This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Gophers nightly recap: Saunders reportedly says "No," Gophers move on

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches Updated: March 30, 2013 - 11:00 PM


My story in tomorrow's Star Tribune about today's news and recapping the week that was.

My Sunday centerpiece: Mid-major coaches (like Smart, Stevens, Gregg Marshall) are finding fewer reasons to leave.

I wouldn’t believe this could be true – knowing how long these things can last – but after five days the early panic has practically reached a fever pitch around Minnesota.

The fact is, a lot of the leaks that have come out – the Gophers offering Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens and Fred Hoiberg, for example – have been a lot of hearsay. We don’t really know all (or much, even) of what’s going on, mostly because the ‘U’ has done such a good job locking down everyone involved.

That makes things difficult for me, of course, and perhaps frustrating for all of you. But really: five days is no time at all in many coaching searches.

The mood, however, did not lighten any today when ESPN’s Andy Katz reported that Flip Saunders – long a fan-favorite in this thing – had declined the Gophers’ offer.

So who -- people spoke loudly to me on Twitter -- is left???

Well, um, lots of people.

Here are the facts, Gopher Nation:

  • a) Minnesota has REPORTEDLY gone after four candidates so far.
  • b) Three of those candidates were never on the “likely” list. Say whatever you want: they weren’t. If Indiana, UCLA, Arizona, etc. can’t lure the likes of Brad Stevens, Shaka Smart and Fred Hoiberg – well, Minnesota has a tough challenge. There is nothing wrong with making phone calls – hey, why not try – but to say that no one is left because those three have said no is like claiming that Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Upton all refused you and so you’ll be alone forever. There is life beyond the unattainable.
  • c) This administration is one of the most respected and connected there is in college basketball. I’ve spoken to a lot ofdifferent coaches on this. “Villa 7” is a term that rings loud and impressively around the country. They know people.

Look – fanhood is not a logical thing, certainly. All I’m saying is, this is not the time to panic.

On the surface, having four names connected to this search without any results is embarrassing. But that’s how these things work. Keep it all in perspective.

Who do the Gophers go to next? I say Buzz Williams. More on that tomorrow.

For now, a few other notes from the day that was:



Chicago WSox - J. Danks 12:05 PM
Cleveland - T. Bauer
Pittsburgh - F. Liriano 12:10 PM
Cincinnati - J. Cueto
Miami - B. Hand 12:10 PM
NY Mets - J. deGrom
Washington - T. Roark 12:35 PM
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick
Toronto - R. Dickey 12:40 PM
Tampa Bay - D. Price
St. Louis - C. Martinez 1:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
Boston - C. Buchholz 1:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Detroit - J. Verlander 1:10 PM
Kansas City - B. Chen
Atlanta - J. Teheran 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wood
LA Angels - T. Skaggs 2:05 PM
Texas - S. Baker
Arizona - V. Nuno 3:05 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
San Diego - T. Ross 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - H. Ryu
Minnesota - P. Hughes 3:10 PM
Colorado - B. Anderson
Oakland - S. Gray 3:10 PM
Seattle - C. Young
NY Yankees - C. Whitley 7:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Portland 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 26 FINAL
Saskatchewan 13
Los Angeles 12:00 PM
Seattle 2:00 PM
San Antonio 5:00 PM
Chicago 5:00 PM
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