That’s what Chip Scoggins is reporting in Friday morning’s Strib. Here’s specifically what he’s reporting:

St. Louis Park native and former Gophers quarterback Marc Trestman acknowledged Thursday that he has been contacted by University of Minnesota officials about their opening for a head football coach.

Former University of Miami coach Larry Coker said he has not been contacted by Gophers officials but admitted that he is “definitely very interested” in the job.

Mark Trestman would be a great hire because he’s had a distinguished career as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, including a stint as the 49ers when they still were a formidable opponent. Larry Coker would be an intriguing candidate, too, because he was just recently fired as Miami’s head coach. As the Hurricane’s coach, he certainly developed a network to the best talent in Florida.

Miami would still get the best of the best recruits down there but you could put together an impressive team with the leftovers. Bringing in skill position players from Florida would help him field a solid team, which would help him recruit Minnesota’s best, too.

Gopher football fans should be excited about the possibility of hiring a strong replacement for Glen Mason just based on the interest that Trestman & Coker have shown. In addition to Trestman & Coker, former Vikings head coach Mike Tice has expressed interest in coaching the Gophers. That’s a pretty strong group of candidates & the process is just starting.

Word is that they want to have Mason’s replacement in place before this month’s end. Hiring a topnotch guy would certainly help keep this year’s recruiting class intact. It would also give future recruiting a major boost, too.

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