Kill looking for never-quit attitude

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2011 - 11:50 AM

Even in a blowout such as the 58-0 loss at Michigan, the Gophers coach wants his players to show they'll compete.

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goofersflopOct. 4, 1111:01 PM

You have already quit when you decide to become............a golden goofer!

exceloOct. 4, 1111:15 PM

I would prefer showing a play in which everyone did the right thing. ohhh, that might be hard to find!

recker2312Oct. 4, 1111:54 PM

Hard for them to want to compete when you keep publicly stating you dont have the talent to compete. Has to make a player feel really good about themselves.

markkiliOct. 5, 1112:03 AM

The Gophers coach wants his players to show they'll compete? Isn't that expected from day one? 58-0? I hope Kill didn't accept a paycheck last week.

nergmlamOct. 5, 11 5:54 AM

What we need is for all the Gopher fans to have a "Never Quit" attitude for OUR team! I am so tired of you so called "fans" all you do is rip the program, the coach and the kids every chance you get. Show some support, be positive and goooooo Gophers!!!

grwybobOct. 5, 11 6:11 AM

It is called ATTITUDE. The players need to develop an attitude that they can beat the person across the line, they can put a hurt on the guy they are about to tackle, they can kick some a--. If the seniors do not lead, then go to the next man or the next after hims to find kids that will not quit. Go GOPHERS!

goofersflopOct. 5, 11 6:47 AM

I wonder how the players feel about being called a bunch of weak-minded quitters every time they turn around by their coach in the media??

r_fitzwellOct. 5, 11 6:49 AM

Kill is the right man for the job. He's going to get this team turned around, but it's going to take time. He knows what we all know.. The program is suffering from the lack of players with talent, pride, heart and determination. Look, when your getting blown out 58-0, somewhere "pride" has to kick in, and nobody on the team was playing for their pride. For the fact that hey, i represent the U of M, and i'm not going to sit back and let another team stomp on us, and look so bad. There's no Pride in the players, or heart.. You can sit back and say it's the coaches fault all you want, but in all reality, we have to look at the players.. Coaches coach, players play... But this coaching staff has the right attitude to get this turned around. It's all about the coaching staff, and their attitude, and then having the ability to find the players that share their attitude.

gener7Oct. 5, 11 7:19 AM

nergmlam - I call myself a gopher fan. grew up here, I'm an alum, and it's a team that will never threaten to leave this state. But my "never quit" attitute has been sorely tested by the continued incompetence at the U. So, refuse to drink the kool aid, and go with what I see. I see a team that looks worse each week. Not something I want from somebody who's supposed to be turning it around. I see a coach who just admitted that he's having trouble motivating his players. Not something I want from somebody who's supposed to be turning it around. It makes no sense to get rid of this guy before Maturi's gone because the replacement would be more of the same. But if that happens next summer, then this coach ought to be on notice that he'd better have a darn good year next fall, because you don't need 4 years to figure this stuff out if you know what you're doing. The W - L may not reflect it yet, but there won't be deer in the headlights, there will be motivation, there will be people who know how to tackle, and there will be an end to all these dumb penalties.

sominnguyOct. 5, 11 7:35 AM

One cannot help but agree with a lot of what has been said here. There are truths to everyones opinion. Obviously, there is a lack of talent, and in some cases an ability to learn the game. Kill's honesty is somewhat hard to take, especially for the players. Dealing with someones psyche can swing both ways very quickly. Either you become motivated to improve yourself or you just quit and go through the motions on the field. Let's face it, Brewster left this program in a total shambles. Mason, had he not lost to Texas Tech in Tempe and promoted himself for the OSU job, could still be here. It will take more than one year's recruiting to produce a competitive team. But, putting that aside, even though we're led to believe that these coaches have the right attitude and game plan, until we see marked improvement, no matter what the talent level, everyone will be suspect on their ability. What soured everyone, at least every loyal Gopher fan, was the loss to New Mexico State after they showed such promise against USC. Now, all those loyal fans are selling their tickets on Craig's list, just as they did with NDSU. Shame on everyone of you.


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