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Name: John Gutekunst

Claim to Fame, Minnesota: was the successor to Lou Holtz as coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.  Gutekunst, who was Holtz’s defensive coordinator, stepped in as the interim head coach for the 1985 Independence Bowl after Holtz split for Notre Dame (unfortunately, he didn’t take Luther Darville with him), and led the Gophers to a 20-13 defeat of Clemson.  The following season contained his most memorable victory, a 20-17 defeat of #2 Michigan at the Big House (bonus Ray Christensen audio here).  For those keeping track, that’s a bowl victory and a signature road win against an undefeated, ranked opponent in a trophy game.  Feel free to compare that to the current total of others.  Unfortunately, the rest of Gutekunst’s tenure with the U of M would not reach those heights, as he resigned after the 1991 season with a 29-36-2 record and only one other bowl appearance, a loss to Tennessee in the 1986 Liberty Bowl.

Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: Minnesota is Gutekunst’s only head coaching gig, but he’s been an assistant pretty much everywhere.

Where He Is Now: is the special teams coach for East Carolina, our 51st state.  As you may know, ECU is coached by Skip Holtz, son of Gutekunst’s former boss. 

Glorious Randomness 1: Gutekunst shares his hometown of Sellarsville, PA, with World’s Oldest Man Jamie Moyer and Chris Collingwood, co-founder of the flat-out great Fountains of Wayne.

Glorious Randomness 2: this year, the Independence Bowl will be referred to as the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, which just doesn’t roll off the tongue like the Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl.


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