Als coach being courted?

Als coach Marc Trestman has significant alumni support to take over as coach of the University of...

Als coach Marc Trestman has significant alumni support to take over as coach of the University of Minnesota's football program. (QMI Agency/Sebastien St-Jean)

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, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Marc Trestman, head coach of the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes, is being considered for the vacant coaching job at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, a published report says.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Trestman, 54, has significant alumni support in Minneapolis though it's not clear if the school has permission to talk to him.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi is on the hunt for a new coach after he fired Tim Brewster following a 1-6 start. He says the next Gophers coach must understand the ins and outs of the state.

"They need to understand the challenges here and the positives," Maturi told the Pioneer Press Monday. "Embrace who we are, embrace the winter, embrace the challenge, embrace the major metropolitan area. You can't fight those -- you need to understand those and embrace them."

Trestman, who is signed through the 2012 season, was born in Minnesota and is a former Gophers quarterback.

He was quarterbacks coach with the Miami Hurricanes when they won the Orange Bowl in 1981.

Last season Trestman led the Alouettes to a franchise-best 15-3-0 record and a sixth Grey Cup championship. The Als clinched the CFL's East Division this season with an 11-4 record.


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