MAC attacks Big Ten with a chip on its shoulder

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2012 - 6:50 AM

Many in the Mid-American Conference were recruited by Big Ten schools, but in the end were told they weren't good enough.

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minneg56Sep. 14, 12 6:32 AM

Good article ... but player for player, shouldn't the Gophs have that same chip on their shoulder? Frankly, based on recent history (oh, say the last 30-40 years) most Gopher football players came to Minnesota ... because they were told THEY weren't good enough to play elsewhere! I love the Gophs and Coach Kill is gradually turning this around but maybe Saturday's game can be called the Chip Bowl! Let the chips fly! Go Gophers!

mollymcguireSep. 14, 12 8:07 AM

2008 called and wants its nonsense back from 2012: -- "Just past the midpoint of its season, the Minnesota football team (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) is already bowl eligible and last weekend earned a top-25 ranking all three major polls (Associated Press, USA Today Coaches’, Harris Interactive) as well as a spot in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings. It is the first national ranking for the Gopher football team in three years and a stunning achievement for a program that is in the midst of putting together one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA college football history under second-year head coach Tim Brewster."

dewarfSep. 14, 12 9:23 AM

And if Kill continues to recruit MAC-like players, he'll be in close games with teams from conference during his short tenure at Minnesota. The reason OSU is 27-0 is that they recruit BETTER players. Kill needs to step up his recruiting and fast. I hope Teague has him on a short lease; no more than this year and next to start winning conference games. And you don't do that with MAC-like players.

twagner89Sep. 14, 12 2:18 PM

dewarf, Ohio Bobcats won in Happy Valley.

minneg56Sep. 14, 12 3:25 PM

'd'man 9:23am- chill out! Kill hasn't even washed through those who were previously recruited by Blow Hard Brewster! Some are good players some may not be - that's why it takes about 3-5 years to truly judge a coach who takes over a program. Kil IS the man!

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