Well, this is awkward. This week we feature Jeff Horton, the head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers…for the time being. If you’re not up on the news, here’s the scenario: Entering the season, Minnesota was led by Tim Brewster, who was entering his fourth season as head coach of the Gophers. After winning their first game, Brewster’s team dropped their next six in a row, leading to the coach’s untimely firing. Enter Horton, who previously held the post of offensive coordinator and was charged with taking the team forward over the remaining five games of the season.
Initially this may seem like a golden (no pun intended) opportunity for a coach. Sure, your newly “acquired” team is struggling, but that just means you have nowhere to go but up! You’re suddenly at the forefront of a major college program, you’ve got nothing to lose, and you can essentially treat things as if you’re starting from scratch. This is one perspective. The following is an alternative perspective: You’ve suddenly been given an impossible task, or at least something pretty close. Your team’s morale is at an all-time low. You’re not sure what type of support you’re going to have over the remainder of the year. And your last five games are against Penn State, #10 Ohio State, #5 Michigan State, Illinois, and #18 Iowa. This might be a no-win scenario. Literally.