Gophers need someone to step up

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2012 - 7:13 AM

The Gophers need someone to take charge as a go-to player, or their NCAA dreams might go away.

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groover6Feb. 14, 12 7:34 AM

The gophers will get pushed around like MI State pushed them around. It will be a long night at Williams.

notsidFeb. 14, 12 8:37 AM

I agree that it will be a long night at Williams and the final margin will be the Buckeyes by 10-15 or more going away. Williams will get shut down inside and lose interest as a result; Welch and others will try to drive in between the trees and lose the ball or put up awful shots; and, of course, Sampson will have the ball taken away from him several times. Hopefully, the lads will be able to play competitive ball for at least half to three-quarters of the game at least. They just are not a very good team once again.

coreyallenFeb. 14, 12 8:44 AM

Were stioll talking about how the Gopher need someone to step up? Didn't they need that someone to step up when Trevor M went down months ago? and were still waiting? If it hasn't happened by now, it isnt going to

nomorebrewFeb. 14, 12 9:14 AM

Maybe it's time for Chubby to step up to earn his $2 million dollars and try to beat a team that's NOT in the Big Ten basement.

gilbe452Feb. 14, 1210:38 AM

Better Dead than Red!! Ill be there cheering loud as ever, win or lose! Lets go boys!

philgorngieFeb. 14, 1211:41 AM

Not one of these guys will step up because they can't. Tubby hasn't recruited anybody in five years and the one guy who was good (White)- he ran off. Time to get a real coach in here. The game tonight will be a blowout-don't bother with these losers.

pacificoceanFeb. 14, 1211:53 AM

The absence of Ralph Sampson from the list speaks volumes. He needs to play with a big bodied forward to man the paint, so he can room the outside like he prefers. I think Rodney will be the one to step up!

partskcojFeb. 14, 12 1:30 PM

There is no hope with Tubby. This guy has no idea who his best players are. His players never develop and improve. Tubby should be terminated at seasons end and bring in a real coach.

rafannonFeb. 14, 12 9:14 PM

We complain about Tubby Smith... Illinois is probably going to get rid of their coach this year.... and they have had winning seasons... Minnesota is not alone... how would you like to be Penn State or Northwestern or Iowa? Wisconsin has lost their share this year... Williams Arena needs to be replaced also...

hobie2Feb. 14, 12 9:40 PM

For the past 3 years, Minnesota has had a leader emerge, a player the rest followed and would work as hard as he worked - not skilled, but hard working. For the past three years, Smith has either not seen it or didn't like it, and denied their choices - in leadership, it doesn't matter what Smith or any coach thinks about the leader - to win, a coach has to let the player the team chooses lead... I learned that in my early coaching career when nothing was working - and after 35 years of very winning coaching and of developing many leaders using the idea of let them choose their leader in their time, no doubt whatsoever that the glue is rarely one who is the flash. It may look like the star is the leader to the fans because their idea plays to the romantic hero ideal, but the team always follows the player who has that ethic they trust and who is like them -- and it is not often the star. They defer to the star, but that is not leading.... And thus the leader doesn't always play the most, but they are respected and played.... You wonder why the team played their guts out when Iverson was on the floor in his sophomore year and junior and played less when he was not? You wonder why they climb back when Eliason is on the floor every time? They were the leaders the team chose, and like all people who have their choice overridden, players just put in their time when their choice is disrespected. Smith has a leader - he has to let his team's choice be, and work with it. They will play very hard for their chosen leader - and rarely for his anointed leader.


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