Rumor or Truth Fulmer & Minnesota

News stories are beginning to percolate nationally of the interest and the intent by Minnesota to make a run for Phillip Fulmer. This time there is merit. Is Fulmer interested – yes.

Fact or fiction - rumor or truth, finds the Golden Gophers do meet Fulmer's main criteria for coaching - being committed to winning.

Showing how committed is easy. The state of Minnesota and the TCF Bank spent 288.5 million dollars to build the Golden Gophers a brand new stadium on campus, to ensure a commitment to the program in 2009. The Golden Gophers program has been up and down hit and miss with no consistency to stay within the Big Ten Conference's upper third the last decade.

Fulmer, a national figurehead with duly noted recruiting skills would create major drama inside the conference immediately.

In 17 years on Rocky Top, he compiled a 152-52 record during his 17 year career as the Vols head coach. Most importantly he led Tennessee to the 1998 national championship.

The former head coach at Tennessee currently works as an analyst for CBS - College Sports in Football the last two years.

As one of the bigger entities not coaching currently, finds his name has come up concerning several programs looking to build or rebuild. In 2009 both Louisville and Virginia openings saw his name lobbied to begin a rebuilding campaign. Should Fulmer accept the job, it would set up an interesting scenario in the world of Big Ten football without question.

His recruiting reach would expand into major metropolitan cities that span markets across the Midwest, within easy reach of his fingertips. Minnesota has great tradition and a heritage that Fulmer recognizably appreciates. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox are American Folk Institutions, a slice of Americana.

The coach noted in 2008 as examples that "someplace like Clemson," would be engaging to him. He shuttered at a opening at Kansas State, tipping his hat to Bill Snyder who was returning to lead the 'Cats from retirement.

Fun Facts:

Minnesota has been a sentimental national favorite ever since the 5 Star Comedy Program "Coach," emulated the football program with Craig T. Nelson starring as the football passionate figure head.


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