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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Flip Saunders

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:

Coaching Experience-

  • 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
  • Saunders knows the area, has cur
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Gopher Head Coach Candidate: Shaka Smart

 

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

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