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"Does coach Smart suddenly become a turrible coach of a team with no talent"
Fixed it for you my friend :-)
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Glad to see Minnesota really step up to hire a great coach for their basketball program. Now, if only they could take as much pride in their football program.
Old AD Joel Maturi was an absolute disaster his decsions set the Gophers programs backwards for years - the new AD Norwood Teague realizes that college sports are big business and I have a ton of confidence in him. Maturi wanted to go cheap - Teague realizes paying a coach is good business. If Kill doesn't show improvement this year he may be joining Tubby. Teague isn't sitting back and waiting he is making tough decisions.
Jerry Kill seems like a very nice guy. I think he is over his head. He needs replaced. I understand that Minnesota won't spend money on elite top coaches like Saban or Meyer, but I think they should invest in coaches like Sumlin or Steve Sarkisian.
any news confirming this yet or just inside info JD?
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That's about 3x (I think) what Crean is getting at iu, although I'm sure that's about to change. This puts him close to Thad if not higher (again, if he really is going to mn)
"Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state."
I mentioned this the other day. Minny used to be a powerhouse in football and very good in BBall...you get what you pay for...good post.
I really hope Minnesota gets Smart. What a great hire it would be for Minnesota and the B1G. Him being there would better prepare the league for facing pressure teams in the NCAA tournament (not that Michigan did badly). I agree the Chris Collins hire appears to be a good one also.
This post was edited by Jedaharris 13 months ago
Love this hire if true... hope it is true!
Gophers Basketball and Hockey are the two points of pride in the athletic program.
Their wrestling program is top 5 nationally on a consistent basis.
I coach football here in MN, the deal is this, MN only produces 5 or 6 BCS level recruits a year in football, there are years where you get twice that in basketball. No matter the coach you need talent to win. If you are MN's AD and you are gonna put a bunch of money in coach it makes most sense to put it into basketball where you have some home-grown talent in the sport. The Gophers aren't gonna get over the hump in football with Minnesota HS football talent (I have had only two division one football players in 10 years coaching) there just isn't enough talent , they can with basketball. Although I am a football guy putting big-time dollars in basketball first makes sense from a Gopher perspective.
VCU has offered Smart a private jet and new practice facility if he stays. My buddy still says he is all Gopher but I am less sure.
I don't understand why so many Buckeye fans are so excited about Minnesota landing Shaka Smart. Our conference is tough enough already that dude will make Minnesota just another very good team. Not to mention we get Maryland here shortly also. Winning the conference is going to be a real bitch.
Thad's proven he can coach with the best of them. If this makes our basketball team stronger come March then I'm all for it.
I am from Minnesota originally this is more of me rooting for my second favorite team behind the Bucks... I will always root for the gophers until they are playing OSU
As long as we're battle hardened to win national titles idc.
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