Reusse: Kill follows the Mason School of Scheduling

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 11:41 AM

For a program like his, he will take all the home games and low-risk opponents he can muster in the nonconference season.

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eillacSep. 5, 1211:56 PM

Jerry Kill reminds me of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. In any sport I played, I got better by playing against bigger, faster, older kids. I didn't get better by playing against kids of my ability or less. His slogan should be "we're baby steppin!"

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ussforrestalSep. 6, 1212:10 AM

Reusse, who cares? The Gophers, in football, are like you: a relic from ages past that will not and can not adapt to modernization. Nobody watches the Goophers now, the ticket sales fiasco proves that. If they were playing BCS teams during non-conference play and losing 77-0 it certainly wouldn't help attendance or viewership. But I guess it would give you something to write about, huh?

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LMHANSONSep. 6, 12 1:16 AM

It's all about winning games. Plain and simple. The Big Ten in general needs to upgrade their scheduling. This means start playing conference games in September rather than October. This way you can spread out the non-conference games across the 13 weeks rather than just September. Of course a lot of this can change if the B1G goes to 9 conference games in the next few years. It's really too bad that the B1G-Pac 10 agreement fell through that would have paired teams from each league for non-conference games. Say what you want about Coach Kill, but its the Big Ten conference that needs to upgrade their schedule more than anything. Mason's scheduling strategy worked great. The problem with Mason was that he could not take that next step and elevate the program from the 6-7 win range to the 9-10 win range. You ultimately need to win your conference and rivalry games, especially at home. All I need to say is 2003 Michigan and 2005 Wisconsin.

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atlmikeSep. 6, 12 1:33 AM

when you're building a program, it does no one any good to schedule butt-kickings. they need to get a few seasons of mediocre bowl games to help recruiting. IF he can get the program past the glen mason level (of not choking against michigan and wisconsin at home), then he can schedule better non-conference opponents.

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freedubaySep. 6, 12 3:36 AM

If you can't beat SDU, NIU, NDU the only teams left to dominate are MAC schools. Bring on Hamline, St. Thomas, St. Johns. Heck bring on Eden Prairie. I think the local pee wee team would appease Jerry Kill.

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garykhansonSep. 6, 12 6:40 AM

In the 1960's the team played fewer games. We now have twelve games which is a lot for college kids who are there for an education. Is it so bad if the early games are high level scrimmages?

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snowgoose3Sep. 6, 12 6:45 AM

I am not quite sure why they don't schedule one of the local FCS programs instead of some of these no names from other parts of the country that nobody cares about and don't even fill the stands. Bringing in NDSU, UND, SDSu, or USD at least brought some excitement to the game and if the gophers can't consistently beat these teams they don't belong in the BIG Ten. These teams fill the stands when they come.

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themightybSep. 6, 12 7:07 AM

Relevant schedules are for relevant teams.

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rpinnhSep. 6, 12 7:08 AM

Minnesota should mirror Northwestern's strategy. NU plays quality middle of the road BCS teams (Vandy, Boston College, Syracuse this year). They know before the Big Ten season starts where they will stand. Coach Fitzgerald has the "luxury" to know he will keep his job, but still it gives them a quality team each week. As a displaced MN living in New Hampshire, watch out for UNH. They could beat the Gophs this weekend if they are underestimated.

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freedubaySep. 6, 12 7:09 AM

snowgoose3, they tried that but the Gophers couldn't beat them. It became to embarrassing to play them and lose or just win by 2 points. Other Big 10 teams aren't any better. Just the way it is now.

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