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Three weeks along, the search for a new Gophers football coach reached a milestone Thursday: Its first public withdrawal.

Just a few days after praising the Minnesota job as a good one, former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has told a Knoxville, Tenn., radio station that he's not interested, according to the website

"It's not a good fit," Fulmer told the station.

The site reported, without citing sources, that Tony Dungy contacted Fulmer to divine his interest, though the 60-year-old Fulmer would not confirm it on the air.

Fulmer won a national championship in 1998, but was fired two years ago after going 5-7, his second losing season in four years. The longtime Tennesseean works as an analyst for CBS College Sports, but has expressed interest in returning to coaching.