Patrick Reusse: Gophers basketball has joined football's ages-old morass

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 18, 2012 - 1:49 AM

Neither team has produced a finish higher than a tie for fourth in the Big Ten over the past 15 seasons.

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bhbhbhbhbhMar. 17, 12 6:42 PM

Patrick: Good job as usual. I wonder if any of the people running the U get it..U basketball was the best ticket in town. As you point out, not for the last 15 years. Oh, and by the way .... now they want me to pay a premium for the BB seats I have had for 40 years ........ probably not.

dlfriesenMar. 17, 12 7:28 PM

Patrick ... thanks for the article. Your statistics ... if accurate ... are incredibly revealing. I have spent approximately (14) years living in Indiana and Michigan. The mindset and expectations of the average fan in those states is significantly higher than that reflected by those of us living in the state of "Minnesota Mediocrity".

northhillMar. 17, 12 7:55 PM

I don't know that you could bring in Coach K and anything would be different.I have followed Gopher basketball since John Kundla.We have hired good coaches,Bill Fitch,Jim Dutcher and they hired Musselman and Haskins,both of whom put the program at risk.Tubby will continue to be an adequate coach.Fans will be content to make the NCAA every so often.We play in the toughest basketball conference in the country.We still have to recruit.Tubby Smith faces the same problems that Jerry Kill faces in football.

spoofbonserMar. 17, 12 8:31 PM

nice article

bb72004Mar. 17, 12 8:31 PM

Mediocrity,unfortunately, is acceptable for college and pro teams in this market. Coaches receive extentions after poor seasons and early exits from postseason play year after year.Seems making the postseason is the goal,which it is for all teams,but getting bounced in the first round is accepted.It might be as simple as talent and not coaching.The best players in the county,no matter where they're from,go to the strong programs and teams.

hookshotMar. 17, 12 8:37 PM

Take a look at this roster: Royce White, Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Mo Walker, Andre and Austin Hollins, Devoe Joseph, and others. And think what could have been. That would be a first division team. The switch to the flex was a big improvement. Recruiting hasn't been the problem. Keeping the players all happy and eligible has been the problem.

bb72004Mar. 17, 12 9:29 PM

It's a good team HERE.But the best players go to the best programs and that's how they continue to be elite.Like someone said earlier,you can bring in the best college coach, but if the players aren't as solid as the top teams,it doesn't matter. Anyway, it' nice to see writers like Reusse and Souhan who aren't afraid to tell it like it is instead of the same old homer stuff from some other writers.

eyeintheskyMar. 17, 12 9:42 PM

Sadly, there can be no question that there has been a total lack of committment by the administrators at the University of Minnesota to truely compete for Big Ten Titles in the 2 major revenue sports of Football and Men's Basketball. Minnesota Hockey during the same 15 year period has done much better. If you check it out, the hockey program has had a beautiful on campus facility during that time frame. The administrators saw fit to keep hockey in their own palace on campus while they allowed the football program to be the third tenent in the dome. In between basketball scandals, they did spend some money rehabbing the BARN. Men's Hoops did get to stay on campus though. It is because the football program was exiled from the campus and forced to play as the red-haired step-child from about 1982 through 2009 that football has to be considered the biggest victim of an administration that did NOT want to compete for Big Ten Football Championships but only wanted to collect the check from the Big Ten for being a conference member and providing "Washington General" type competition for the Ohio State University and the other U of M...the University of Michigan and later a few other Big Ten competetors. That the administration currently is in the process of forcing long-time loyal ticket buyers out of their long-held places in the BARN, I would say that it is high time to demand competetive Big Ten Teams in the Revenue Sports in exchange for the athletic director's attempt to rob the long time customers blind without putting a good product on the court. It is time to STEP IT UP athletc director! ; 0 (

hobie2Mar. 17, 12 9:52 PM

After coaching, playing, and watching sports for 35 or so years here in the metro, I find one thing interesting - the sports teams are about as good as the sportswriters have been.

hoopdreams01Mar. 17, 12 9:53 PM

Well balanced article Mr. Reusse. Hookshot is correct in saying that Tubby is a good recruiter - its not his fault that Royce White transgressed. Coach has to coach em up though. Haskins was a terrific game coach - especially at home. They always played with fire, and he had a good grasp of his rotation. I know ... he was a cheater. Still, you have to bring it at home. Look at what Wisconsin and Indiana do at home. Quit griping about the Barn, coach and start playing some ball there.


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