Just a couple of days after a Minnesota television personality tossed Miami’s Randy Shannon into the Gophers’ coaching mix — we’re still not ready to buy that one quite yet — a member of the area’s print media has added yet another layer of intrigue to the search.
According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski has been mentioned as one of the “hot coaching prospects” to potentially replace Brewster.
Jagodzinski is currently the head coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks, but is probably best known as the coach who flipped a gigantic middle finger at his former collegiate employer.
After completing his second season at Boston College in 2008, he was afforded the opportunity to interview for the New York Jets head coaching vacancy. After being warned by his athletic director to not go on the interview, Jagodzinski went on the interview. And was fired by AD Gene DeFilippo the very next day.
Certainly, there’s the perception that Jagodzinski may be somewhat lacking in the loyalty department — he had just finished the second year of a five-year contract, but, on the flip side, it was an interview for an NFL job — that the Gophers might have to slog their way through both internally and externally with their fan base. However, he’s done it, albeit briefly, at the collegiate level with 20 wins in two seasons in Chestnut Hill, and head-coaching experience seems to be a prerequisite in AD Joel Maturi‘s latest search.
In addition to Jagodzinski and Shannon, other names that have been reported in connection with the opening are Mark Mangino, Mike Leach, Scott Linehan, Mike Sumlin and Marc Trestman. Walters writes that Jagodzinski, Sumlin and Trestman appear to be the top early prospects.