Josh Heupel is a rising star in the coaching profession, and his next stop could be in the Twin Cities.
The Tulsa World is reporting that Heupel, who coaches quarterbacks at Oklahoma, flew to Minneapolis on Wednesday to interview for Minnesota's offensive coordinator vacancy. The Gophers are looking to replace Jedd Fisch, who officially left Wednesday for the Seattle Seahawks, and want to act quickly.
Heupel, who quarterbacked Oklahoma to a national title in 2000, also was in the mix for the Minnesota job last year.
Heupel has done good work with the Sooners quarterbacks, most notably Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and Paul Thompson. He's only 31 but has made a name for himself early in the coaching ranks. A potential conflict is that he comes from a spread offense at Oklahoma, and Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster wants to keep a pro-style system in place after switching from the spread after 2008. Then again, several of the other possible candidates -- J.D. Brookhart, Gregg Brandon -- also ran the spread at previous coaching stops.
I'm hearing Brewster likely will interview one or two more candidates before making a decision, as he wants to get the offensive leadership in place as soon as possible.