Just remember that Michigan was not (maybe even is not yet, although we're certainly on the rise) considered part of the elite blueblood of college basketball either (historically, MSU and Indiana as far as Big Ten goes). In fact, Minnesota's arc is not necessarily all that much different than our's. They had their only recent success before the past few years wiped out by sanctions in the late '90's only to recently start to regain some prominance. I don't know enough about Minnesota to know if this is a good firing but if I remember there were people who thought Beilien was not the answer after Ohio last year (a ridiculous assertion even at the time, mostly recognized as such by the people here).
I guess, as some people have pointed out, the question is whether this is an Amaker fork for Minnesota or a Beilien fork?