Flip Saunders has emerged as the number one candidate for head coach over the last day or so. He reportedly was offered the head coaching job for the Minnesota Gophers basketball team but he reportedly also has turned it down. Speculation heated up quickly on this one.
The Gophers' athletics director was in Indianapolis where Saunders is following the NCAA tournament.
Experts have been saying all along they didn't think Saunders was what they were looking for. Either way, he didn't want the job or something else stood in the way of his accepting it, we don't know.
The list of high-profile candidates are dwindling before our very eyes. Many people still hope for Marquette's Buzz Williams. Right now i don't know if it's back to the drawing board so to speak. Most likely. there are other names in the mix, but the Gophers are keeping them close to the vest. On the outside, it looks like the popular candidate fans wanted is out.
With big names like Flip Saunders and Shaka Smart out of the running, who would want to become the Gophers' next basketball coach? There were a lot of calls for Trent Jackson and former Gopher great Trent Tucker.