Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has been linked to the Minnesota athletics director job over the years since he is an alumni of the Big Ten school, and contrary to some people he has done a pretty solid job running the Mountain West.
The Minnesota position is currently open as now former Golden Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague resigned earlier in August for sexual harassment.
Thompson is likely to be at the top of that list due to his ties and hold a conference commissioner job, but the interest is not there on both fronts. Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com has learned that Thompson has no interest in returning to his alma mater, even if it is a Big Ten job.
There are some who are not happy about this but Thompson has done a good job with most of his decision with the Mountain West. The Mtn. channel, in theory, was a very good idea and actually helped start conference networks as we know it, and specifically the Big Ten Network. The idea was there but the execution with all the parties involved ended up having the channel fold.
He did help the league recover from losing BYU, Utah and TCU with the additions of Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii, San Jose State, Utah State and Fresno State. However, we can all agree that Boise State should have been added years before they were brought into the league.
Regardless of one's opinion, Thompson is here to stay as the Mountain West commissioner.