ESPN.com’s Big 10 blogger Adam Rittenberg has a two part interview up with former Duke head football coach Ted Roof, who took over as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator in March. Roof was a well-regarded defensive coach at Georgia Tech before serving first as a coordinator and then a head coach at Duke. Blue Devil fans know all too well about Roof’s abysmal 6-45 record over four and a half seasons at the helm, which led to his dismissal last November 26.
The challenges Roof will face at Minnesota don’t seem to be all that much easier than those he encountered when he took over for fired Duke coach Carl Franks seven games into the 2004 season. The Golden Gophers gave up more yards per game (518.7) than any team in the nation in 2007 and surrendered more than 40 points in 6 of their 12 games. Roof discusses the difficulties ahead for him in Part 1 and Part 2 of the blog interview.
-by Will Flaherty