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Sid Hartman

After failing to get the Dolphins job after an interview, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier spent time the past weekend being interviewed for the Atlanta job. Again the word is that he made a great impression. Falcons owner Arthur Blank hasn't give up on getting Southern California coach Pete Carroll to take the job. But if they don't get Carroll, Frazier might have a chance.

J Robinson, coach of the fifth-ranked Gophers wrestling team, insists the team will defend its 2007 NCAA championship once the squad gets healthy. "At the National Duals we didn't have NCAA champion Dustin Schlatter and NCAA champion runner-up Roger Kish, who both were out with injuries," Robinson said. "Once they get healthy, we will be as good as last year." The Gophers meet No. 1-ranked Iowa here Feb. 1.

Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia said commissioners of all of the college hockey leagues plan to meet soon with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to make sure teams don't sign players in midyear as the Islanders did with the Gophers' Kyle Okposo this season. The commissioners also would like to work out a deal where players could be protected in college for a period before they are drafted. Okposo has seven points in four games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Lucia's father, Mario, 79, who coached high school hockey at Big Fork and Grand Rapids, was recently voted into the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. ... And Lucia's oldest daughter, Ali, recently landed a job as a news anchor at a Rochester television station.

Former Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez, who was traded to the Boston Bruins in June, is out for the season because of back and knee problems.

Checking on the records of former Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson and his assistants: Monson is 4-12 as head coach at Long Beach State, where Vic Couch is an assistant. Jim Molinari, the interim coach last year, is an assistant at Ball State, where they are 3-13. Bill Walker is on the staff at Texas A&M, where they are 15-3. ... Two former Gophers football assistant coaches, Joker Phillips and David Lockwood, who have been assistants at Kentucky, made news this past week. Lockwood left Kentucky to become an assistant at West Virginia, while Phillips was named the future Wildcats head coach when current coach Rich Brooks retires.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on his Podcast twice a week at www.startribune.com/sidcast. shartman@startribune.com

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