One intriguing candidate for the Gophers head coaching vacancy is former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. One of the factors working against Saunders is his lack of coaching experience at the college level, but here are the other factors he brings to the table:
Minnesota Timberwolves: 1995-2005
Detroit Pistons: 2005-2008
Washington Wizards 2009-2012
Career record: 638–526, 47-51 playoff record
4 first place finishes (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)
Reached the NBA Conference Finals 4 times (2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008)
Pros brought to table-
Saunders is a Gopher alum and would appeal to fans and other alumni.
Saunders can appeal to recruits due to his NBA coaching experience
One of the names most associated with the Minnesota Gopher basketball head coach vacancy is that of Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart. Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague was the athletic director at VCU before coming to Minnesota, so the ties Teague has to Smart would make him a natural fit in Minnesota. In
The Saint Cloud Apollo Eagles lost 6-4 to the Rochester Lourdes Eagles in the Consolation bracket of the Class A state high school hockey tournament. Rochester Lourdes will advance to play Marshal High School of Duluth in the Consolation Finals Saturday, March 9th from Marucci Arena at the University of Minnesota campus
Tonight at 7 the Rocori Spartans host the Orono Spartans in the Section 5AAA quarterfinals. Rocori is 14-12 overall, having lost their last 4 games to end the regular season. Orono is 11-15 on the year and has lost 3 of its last 4
Tonight at 7:30 the Rocori Spartans close out their regular season against the Alexandria Cardinals from Alexandria. The Spartans are coming off a loss in their last game against Brainerd 72-50. The Cardinals come into tonight's game with a 11-12 record while the Spartans check in at 14-11 overall
No sports franchise is safe from bad trades. Most general managers just hope to make more good trades than bad. And no general manager wants to be responsible for a trade that brings in bad talent or gives away too much
The Rocori Spartans fell 72-50 against the Brainerd Warriors Monday night in Brainerd. The Spartans trailed 37-27 at the half. Jonah Eisenschenk led the Spartans with 13 points and Jeron Terres also chipped in 10
Tonight at 7:30 the Rocori Spartans travel to Brainerd to take on the Central Lakes Conference leading Warriors as the regular season comes down to the last 2 games. The Spartans are coming off back-to-back losses to Little Falls and St
The Rocori Spartans fell on the road to the St. Peter Saints 78-58 Saturday afternoon in St. Peter. The Spartans trailed 42-31 at halftime and were only ever able to close the gap to 10 in the second half
Saturday at 2pm the Spartans travel to St. Peter to take on the Saints. St. Peter is ranked #4 in class 2A and has an overall record of 20-3. The Spartans check in at 14-9 after a loss to Little Falls Thursday night
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