Petersen, Harbaugh and Patterson on Gophers' wish list

Give the Minnesota administration credit. At least the group is shooting for the stars in the search for the next Golden Gophers head coach

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the school has targeted Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh and TCU’s Gary Patterson to replace the fired Tim Brewster.

And I would love to be dating Kristin Cavallari (watch out Mr. Cutler).

Chris PetersenICONIt's unlikely that the Gophers could land Chris Petersen as their next head coach.

Despite the brand-new stadium at Minnesota and the chance to coach in the Big Ten, it doesn’t seem likely that any of these candidates would be interested in settling for the Golden Gophers job. And that’s just what it would be — settling.

Petersen, who was on USC’s radar before the Trojans eventually hired Lane Kiffin to succeed Pete Carroll, can have his choice of better jobs. The Broncos have him signed through 2014 at almost $2 million per year.

Harbaugh, the Michigan grad, would seem to be the perfect fit if Rich Rodriguez was canned in Ann Arbor — which could happen sooner than later. Plus, why would he leave Stanford? The former NFL quarterback is signed through 2014 for a reported base salary of $1.25 million.

Patterson was considered by the Gophers when they hired Brewster but he didn’t seem too interested then.

Money talks, of course, and the chatter is that the university could get the ban on alcohol sales removed at its athletic facilities, which could be worth as much as $3 million annually. So money may not be an issue for the administration.

Still, Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall, former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti, former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt and former Gophers quarterback Marc Trestman are more likely to be the caliber of candidates that the school will ultimately land.

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