Gophers coach Kill defends his version of Barker's accusations

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 7:15 AM

The Gophers football coach said he would not change how he handled scholarships or the receiver's heated discussion with a trainer.

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eagle20Nov. 19, 12 9:10 PM

This Barker kid is dilusional on so many levels and will be forgotten before you can say 'Tumblr'. No head coach of a legitimate program will give a kid a look who is as big of a liability as this kid is. What done is done and he has flushed a decent-looking, somewhat promising career down the tubes. Walk-on players do not get to dictate things inside a program, especially ones who have only given 4 games of decent football. I smell a last year of football in the Summit League, at best.

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geecheNov. 19, 12 9:26 PM

Kill is a loser, and always will be, just look at his record!

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educator1Nov. 19, 12 9:43 PM

Time for a university investigation. First Kill demands spending $800,0000 so he can avoid a mid-level program. That's $800,000 that help a lot of students,rather than being a sign of a coward. The whole country knows about this $800K This much he has admitted to. Then there allegations, partially confirmed by Kill, that he vigorously, perhaps viciously criticized a student whose injuries may have been misdiagnosed. A University President lost his job because he spent $40,000 to paint the fence around the Univ house he got to live in. This sounds much worse.

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gophypocriteNov. 19, 1210:23 PM

Kill seems to be doing a lot of things correctly. As a former coach I know many students and their parents live in a dream world in which reality and fantasy become one----most high school coaches only last a few years due to the enviroment they are forced to work in---with little support from school officials. Cry babies and pampering helicopter parents are going to be the ruin of school athletics.

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TLangevinNov. 19, 1210:57 PM

Barker handled this very poorly. I understand if he couldn't stand the heat he should get out but not in public. From his Tumblr letter, he got poor advice from his parents and his mom's friend. A.J. - don't quote your mom's friend next time things don't go your way.

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ActTwoNov. 19, 1211:06 PM

The amazing thing to me was that he made the decision after "consulting" with his parents. If I would have yelled at a member of the training staff and then consulted with my parents, the decision I would have had to make was how I was going to get to the trainer's office to apologize.

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sidhartmannNov. 19, 1211:19 PM

Clearly, an immature and delusional young man. Obviously, he handled this with a total lack of class. Where are his parents?

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joshopsahlNov. 19, 1211:24 PM

This twerp needs to have lunch with Royce White so they both can mull over the human condition.

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iantruitnerNov. 19, 1211:43 PM

I'm going to quit my job and publicly berate my boss on twitter and write a thesis about how big a jerk he is and how unfair everything is on my blog. And I expect a new job with guarantees and more pay, because I'm awesome and I shouldn't have to follow the same rules anyone else does. Any takers? Hello?

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rdmiesNov. 19, 1211:46 PM

Ironic isnt it? on the same day that the greatest and winningest college football coach of all time retired, Kill and Barker show yet another aspect what is wrong in DI. Coaches with overblown egos, who care nothing about the players other than that they are healthy enought to play in order to ammass wins for the coach's reputation. Then theres athletes (pretending to be college kids) who seem to think the entire world owes them everything and get petulant when they dont get their way. Contast this with 60 years of mutual respect, great success and deep affecton between players and Coach Gagliardi. Cant the Strib stop wasting ink on the maroon & gold rodents and focus more on true colleg athletics, which we in MN are blessed to have in the form of the MIAC?

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