Reusse: Grandpa Gag always did it his way

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Funny, innovative and a sore loser, John Gagliardi did it his way.

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roymercerNov. 19, 1210:44 PM

What I would give to have been able to hang with you (Patrick), Augustin and Riley back in the day. Those must have been some damn fun times.

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DufferHNov. 20, 12 1:16 AM

Can we put an end now to Reusse's repetitive deification of Gagliardi? The guy was a great coach, but Reusse's constant paeans to him became more than tedious.

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ActTwoNov. 20, 12 7:28 AM

That was a great read!

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jackpinesavNov. 20, 12 8:34 AM

Great writing by Pat...about a great man.

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jennakNov. 20, 1211:56 AM

Great Column Patrick!

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matthewJamesNov. 20, 12 1:14 PM

Some think he could not have been a major college coach. They are wrong. Bob Devaney the great college coach at Nebraska coached the same way. No hitting during the week. And he did not abuse his players like some coaches. He was a father to the kids. Remember most college players come form middle to lower class families and thing weren't so great around around those households. Being a father to these kinds can work too.

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philpyramNov. 20, 12 1:40 PM

Nor does Bud Grant get the credit he deserves for having been an innovator. How lucky we were to have both of these great coaches and characters in our state. Hard to say if we'll ever see the likes of them again.

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miacfan41Nov. 20, 12 5:56 PM

I love Pat's views on the goofy old coach- Reusse has called him that-goofy. He's also called him great, a beauty. He is certainly a character-one who i admit I will miss watching. Hopefully they go with the classy Gary Fasching and NOT the petulant tubby from EP

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miacfan41Nov. 20, 12 5:57 PM

Hey Philpyram, how about Caruso and Frazier---two pretty decent ones...I predict Frazier will be great.

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jdlellis1Nov. 20, 12 6:05 PM

The reason I no longer watch college and professional football is what is basically a simple game has been overcomplicated. Gagliardi had his coaching strategy on target and more importantly, his off the field priorities in order.

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