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:



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Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 96 FINAL
Chicago 86
Cleveland 103 FINAL
Houston 105
Golden State 106 FINAL
Boston 101
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
Indiana 94
Portland 110 FINAL
Sacramento 99
Charlotte 98 FINAL
Orlando 83
Oklahoma City 108 FINAL
LA Lakers 101
New Orleans 99 FINAL
Denver 92
Los Angeles 2 FINAL
Winnipeg 5
Tampa Bay 3 FINAL
Florida 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Toronto 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Anaheim 3 FINAL
Dallas 1
St. Louis 5 FINAL(SO)
Vancouver 6
Connecticut 81
Quinnipiac 65 FINAL
Manhattan 69
Fairfield 56 FINAL
Niagara 57
Marist 49 FINAL
Rider 59
Iona 60 FINAL
Saint Peters 68
Oregon State 56 FINAL
California 73
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Houston 72
Marquette 66 FINAL
Providence 77
Michigan State 61 FINAL
Wisconsin 68
Siena 57 FINAL
Monmouth 63
Pittsburgh 66 FINAL
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Stanford 70
Purdue 61 FINAL
Ohio State 65
Arizona State 81 FINAL
Colorado 87
Washington St 67 FINAL
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 50 FINAL
Elon 65 FINAL
Hofstra 58
Virginia Tech 47 FINAL
Boston College 49
(8) Louisville 59 FINAL
Virginia 75
Texas 69 FINAL
West Virginia 76
Creighton 53 FINAL
Villanova 61
Seton Hall 85 FINAL
Butler 76
UNC-Wilmington 76 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 65
(5) Maryland 69 FINAL
(25) Northwestern 48
Saint Josephs 67 FINAL
La Salle 55
Louisiana Tech 53 FINAL
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Massachusetts 78
Richmond 55 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 49
Davidson 46 FINAL
Fordham 54
St Bonaventure 43 FINAL
Duquesne 51
George Mason 45 FINAL
(22) George Washington 80
Indiana 60 FINAL
(20) Rutgers 71
(12) Texas A&M 63 FINAL
LSU 80
Ole Miss 47 FINAL
(11) Miss State 55
Clemson 56 FINAL
Pittsburgh 61
Maine 47 FINAL
New Hampshire 61
Vermont 48 FINAL
Albany 76
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Monmouth 48
Saint Peters 47 FINAL
Siena 64
(4) Notre Dame 67 FINAL
NC State 60
Wisconsin 62 FINAL
Penn State 56
Stony Brook 49 FINAL
Hartford 56
Northeastern 47 FINAL
William & Mary 62
St Johns 61 FINAL
Xavier 74
James Madison 74 FINAL
Delaware 71
Towson 45 FINAL
Drexel 50
Illinois State 50 FINAL
Bradley 60
Southern Ill 74 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 70
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Wichita State 66
Minnesota 76 FINAL
(17) Iowa 92
(15) North Carolina 80 FINAL
(16) Duke 81
Alabama 73 FINAL
Auburn 80
(9) Florida State 69 FINAL
Miami-Florida 55
Arkansas 41 FINAL
Missouri 57
Georgia 52 FINAL
Florida 45
Dayton 95 FINAL
Saint Louis 68
Drake 57 FINAL
Missouri State 86
Colorado 46 FINAL
(10) Arizona State 59
(19) Stanford 55 FINAL
Oregon 62
Marquette 82 FINAL
DePaul 99
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 60
Vanderbilt 49 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 79
(2) South Carolina 56 FINAL
(13) Kentucky 67
Utah 41 FINAL
Arizona 64
Ohio State 78 FINAL
Nebraska 60
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