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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For a change, somebody involved in the Gophers' coaching search says he's interested in the job. Of course, that's because he just lost his.
Randy Shannon, fired by Miami on Saturday night after a 23-20 loss to South Florida wrapped up a disappointing 7-5 season, told ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman (subscription required) that he's interested in Minnesota's vacant job. No confirmation yet on whether the interest is mutual, but it's at least a change from the stream of rumors of candidates turning down athletic director Joel Maturi.
Shannon fits Maturi's stated goal of an experienced coach with a record of winning, having gone 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes. But of course, context is everything: At Miami, four straight seasons without even an ACC divisional title, and at least four losses every year, is considered a terrible underachievement. Miami was ranked 13th before the season began, after all.
Feldman also reports that another coach says the Gophers' search is not going well. "The problem is, with a lame-duck athletic director and an unstable power structure, the lack of job stability scares some folks," Feldman wrote. Maturi's contract is up in mid-2012, and the university is in the process of changing presidents.
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