Retirement rumors again swirling, Gagliardi faces first losing season since '67

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 6:37 AM

As John Gagliardi faces the possibility of his first losing season in 45 years, rumors of retirement begin to swirl.

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dr4golfOct. 11, 12 7:19 PM

God bless you John. What you have accomplished is extraordinary. The ultimate 'win' number doesn't matter. What does matter is the extraordinary MEN you have created due to your leadership and the Monks of St. Johns. You did it the right way, and no one can take that away from you. I couldn't be prouder than to say I AM A SJU ALUM!!

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mnfanintampaOct. 11, 12 8:19 PM

Good to see a good guy succeed but it is time to go (15 years) ago.

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roymercerOct. 11, 1210:16 PM

The photo says it all. Caruso would love to see him stick around another decade.

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TharsisOct. 11, 1211:19 PM

I'm a Tommie Alumnae and Tommie fan Having said that...Coach Gagliardi's accomplishments in Division III football will never soon be equaled. From a St. Thomas guy...thank you for your integrity and commitment to academic and inter-collegiate excellence. Tommie and Johnnie's rivalry will go on.... Your accomplishments will endure.. Thanks Coach.. Bill UST 76, 82

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gophers03Oct. 11, 1211:55 PM

SJU won a National Title in the last 15 years...Glad Gags didn't retire. Startrib removed my previous post...babies!

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uofm80Oct. 12, 12 1:11 AM

When you look at the programs they sell at SJU football games, page after page is devoted to the records John and his players have set. Records that will not soon be broken? How about never for many of them. This has been an all-time historic run. Alas, all things, even historically good things, must come to an end, though most SJU fans, and John himself, probably never envisioned an end such as this. No contact during practice, short practices, no playbook, little or no coaching or instruction on game day, those tenets of the program probably all have to be looked at critically - by an all-new coaching staff. When John goes, he needs to take his ill-equipped son with him. Jim is way over his head in running the team, calling plays, managing the clock and so on. St. Thomas has taken the lead in facilities, coaching enthusiasm, D1 transfers and so on, and the balance of power has indeed shifted in the MIAC. Maybe forever.

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patasticOct. 12, 12 7:24 AM

I heard Coach Gagliardi tell a group about after his first season at St John's. After the saeson ended, he ran into the University President. They had a good season and won the conference championship that year. The President told him how much they loved him at St. John's football. Coach said that was nice to hear, but asked him what would happen if they had a losing season next year? The President told him they'd still love him... they'd miss him, but they'd still love him.

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faunchOct. 12, 12 7:31 AM

As difficult as the last couple of seasons have been on the Johnnie faithful I can't imagine how trying it has been on John and his family. The football program is an extension of their family and letting go it is akin to losing a loved one. It's similar to the family farmer that one day will no longer be able towork the land. Instead of producing corn, soybeans and livestock John has produced a winning football program. No matter when the time come for him to walk away his legacy will remain alive in all of the loyal fans of SJU football. Go Johnnies!!!

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sota4lifeOct. 12, 12 8:22 AM

Gags hasn't actually coached in years. I knew players at St. Johns in the early 2000s who say he knows a handful of standouts on the team and that's about it (they were standouts so not saying it because they are bitter0. I'm not trying to take away from his accomplishments, because they are impressive and I know he's a good man, but I think its time for him to step down. I'm sure all you Johnnies out there are going to hate this comment because you have some cult worship going on with Gags, but take it for what its worth and before writing a huge response back as to why I'm wrong.

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roymercerOct. 12, 12 8:52 AM

After 60 years, the honorable and unselfish thing would be to step aside with no preconditions. The status quo serves no one, least of all the players.

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