Published on 11-28-2014 01:04 AM
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Based on the season Jerry Kill's Minnesota Gophers have put together, it is easy to see them as a program on a rise. Good for them. For a long, long time, the Minnesota football program has aspired to gravitate towards mediocrity.
But how many of you knew that Minnesota was once one of the elite teams in college football? Seriously.
The Golden Gophers claim seven national championships. They've won conference titles, had multiple unbeaten seasons, and had two long-time coaches who each won over 72% of their games. Gopher players have won a Heisman, multiple Outland Trophies, and other national awards. They have sent numerous players to the NFL, and have a large presence in both the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.
There is a proud period at Minnesota, known as the "Glory Years" where they won five titles in under ten years (1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, and 10941) and boast a contender for the greatest team of all time (1934). They were the class of college football for a long stretch of time.
After coach Murray Warmath (who led Minnesota to their most recent title in 1960) left in 1971, the Gophers have employed nine head coaches. Of those, Glen Mason (64-57) easily has the best record. No other Minnesota coach since 1971 has been above .500 (including several who were nowhere close to winning