Hartman: Kaler taking right approach to sports

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2012 - 11:53 AM

The new University of Minnesota president knows the value of athletics and wants the Gophers to succeed.

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fwallenMar. 14, 1210:31 PM

Since when is writing out half million dollar parting gifts (Maturi at the U, Martin at UMD) the right approach. Not to mention all the other great deals for the academics. Is it any wonder they wrap themselves in "academic freedom". That translates to ripping off the taxpayer. Not one more nickel from this alum and taxpayer until the Regents dig deep into this dysfunctional organization.

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dewarfMar. 14, 1210:47 PM

I certainly hope you're right about Kaler and the AD search, Sid. But starting with a 21 person committee led by two academic chairs who list 'sports diversity' and 'Minnesota nice' as key criteria leads me to believe Kaler still doesn't understand about winning in the three major revenue sports. Until he does, there will be no AD candidate worth his salt willing to take this job. Maturi and Mona found that out when they went after an experienced, winning, Division I football coach. And Kaler's first couple personnel moves with Kill and Maturi leave most supporters wondering where he got his executive training. I sure hope it wasn't the Carlson School.

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athomp7614Mar. 14, 1211:32 PM

Talk is cheap. He is an artist at that. I hope the regents set him straight about his spend thrifts ways. He is an academic first and he does not realize that you have to have a successful major sports program. It does not put any funds in the bank for the other sports.. I don't believe him for a minute.

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kidcann2Mar. 15, 1212:28 AM

So Kaler has impressed people in the men's and women's athletic departments. Gee Sid, isn't there just one merged department now? Another stellar job of reporting and fact checking by our golden oldie.

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nomorebrewMar. 15, 12 8:20 AM

Kaler will flop just like the previous administration. He is in over his head with a BCS program and listens to all of the same idiots who keep padding themselves on the back for all of the "great things they have accomplished." Get an A.D. in there that knows how to run a business and hold people accountable for winning!

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paddy691944Mar. 15, 12 9:35 AM

It starts at the top ....I never heard Prez Kahler's predecessor ever talk positive about sports at the U. If you recall, WI was on the same road as MN about 25 years ago. In comes Donna Shalala as Prez and she decides that it's time for WI to no longer be a doormat of the Big Ten.... and as they say, the rest is history. GIVE KAHLER A CHANCE

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acecatMar. 15, 1210:27 AM

So he waits on Tubby's contract. Good. But, does he have the courage to address the downward spiral of the women's basketball program under Borton?

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kindaliberalMar. 15, 1210:28 AM

Hopefully you won't listen to the fools who want to get rid of Tubby.

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glenlivetMar. 15, 12 2:36 PM

"there isn't a community in the Big Ten that has more to offer student-athletes than the Twin Cities." On the other hand, no community has more competition for entertainment and attention. That, however, doesn't win football games. Jerry Kill could be the right coach, but I doubt if the town has the patience to permit him to be successful. A great coach can attract great players to a great place--just having a better place than Iowa isn't going to make the football better.

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ranger78Mar. 15, 12 6:14 PM

Let's wait and see before we crown Kaler as a success. He hasn't done anything yet.

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