Hartman: U football ending a spring of promise

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 6:34 AM

Coach Jerry Kill sees marked improvement on both sides of the ball heading into Saturday's spring game.

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yathinksoApr. 19, 12 9:54 PM

OMG Sid, every Spring you say the same thing since 1901. The Gophers are going to surprise us this year and will win more games than any of us expect. Face it. Recruiting class is below mediocre, previous recruiting classes were as well. Kill may be a nice guy, but he is no master recruiter. Bottom half of the league yet again I am afraid.

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jtrain991Apr. 19, 1211:28 PM

yathhinkso: Nobody thinks Kill is going to turn this team into a Rose Bowl contender in his SECOND season. Nick Saban or anyone else couldn't. Nor could someone just magically recruit a bunch of 4 and 5 star players. It takes time to build a program. He is getting the best Minnesota kids which is a huge step in the right direction. He has some solid young players and under Kill's program it looks like he can develop them and keep improving the team. With an easy non-conference schedule, a bowl game is very possible and with improvement he may be able to recruit better talent in the future. I know Sid always is positive every year, but there is some actual real reasons to be positive right now.

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verndaleApr. 20, 12 6:38 AM

Support the Gophers, win or lose, and look forward to another season.

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ranger78Apr. 20, 12 7:15 AM

Sid writes, Jason LaFrenz, associate Gophers athletic director, reports the athletic department has selected the Aspire Group of Atlanta to help sell season and group tickets, with the emphasis on football and basketball. Really? The U of MN is paying a service to sell tickets? Put a decent product out and the tickets will sell all by themselves. Another boneheaded waste of money. Right up there with offending fans by charging a premium for garbage product. Brilliant.

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depres08Apr. 20, 12 7:17 AM

I just cannot support these losers anymore. They will never win more than 1 or at best 2 games in the Big 10. Not Kill's fault, he seems a very good guy, but it is impossible to even be respectable at MN.

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BCanniffApr. 20, 12 7:48 AM

A spring of promise followed by a fall of despair. No depth so any injuries are fatal. Business as usual with lack of recruiting top players by nobody head coach. A university used to losing that rewards mediocrity. Music CIty bowl or any post season game would be considered a great season worthy of enshrinement on the top of the new stadium, win or lose. Last year almost every team in the conference played one except us.

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pantherhawkApr. 20, 12 8:13 AM

How can a guy with 3 kids at home be a Big 10 QB? Ask IL how that worked out for Juice!

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wilfcharityApr. 20, 12 8:42 AM

Sid thanks for pointing out that the Vikings could play in 3 stadiums in LA. One is a baseball stadium, one is home of major University and the other is a major dump in a crime ridden area. I think we have all that right here in Minneapolis.

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dfmgophApr. 20, 12 8:59 AM

Sorry to break it to you Sid, Anaheim Stadium (now known as Angel Stadium) has not been a multi-purpose stadium since 1995. If you are facts are so obviously wrong here, what else is wrong? Time to hire a new intern!

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paddy691944Apr. 20, 12 9:55 AM

Successful college programs require a top down commitment to winning. MN has not had that leadership with past Presidents nor with Athletic Directors. I've stated for years, until MN has an AD that demands results the fans will enjoy a second rate product. Maturi should have been terminated years ago. If WI & IA can turn things around, a new AD can turn MN around. Then, MN taxpayers won't have to pay for a marketing company to sell tickets.

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