U football players react, vow no distraction after Barker's exit

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2012 - 7:57 AM

A.J. Barker's dispute with coach Jerry Kill could be a distraction, but not for these Gophers.

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rustyscupperNov. 21, 1212:57 AM

What a selfish kid. Thumbing his nose at his teammates, especially the seniors who may be playing their last game. This was a spat between a coach and a player, or maybe it was just in the players own head, that should have been handled internally. To go public on social media is just ridiculous and blew the whole thing way out of proportion.

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nomedsNov. 21, 12 6:33 AM

Had Barker been on scholarship, then Kill would have every right to berate him like he did, but since Barker was a walk on without any obligation to the team whatsoever, then it was wrong the way Kill handled it. If I am volunteering my services somewhere and a person there berates me, I would be outraged.

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sthiewes2Nov. 21, 12 6:57 AM

when you play on a team you are part of a team - scholarship players and non- scholarship players are treated the same.

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henrikNov. 21, 12 6:58 AM

The underlying issue is how the hierarchy of sports teams works. Coaches, especially football coaches, for the most part subscribe to the "Winning through intimidation" mantra. I am not sure that this is necessary. I think the same or better results can be obtained by treating people with respect. Dressing down players in front of the entire team seems counter productive to me. However, this player clearly went way over the top in his 4000 word diatribe. I lost respect for this player the farther I read his account of things. All of this should have been handled privately, but for sure not in the media. As has been stated in other comments earlier in the week, if I was a potential employer of this young man I would stay away from him like the plaque.

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tkcloutieNov. 21, 12 7:16 AM

Glad to see that the players quoted in this article are handling this with so much maturity. I'm still uncomfortable with this whole episode from so many angles. If another player or 2 leave in the same fashion that might indicate a serious problem. Hope the players can focus and get a win on Saturday!

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nomedsNov. 21, 12 7:25 AM

@prezbusch - In a private school where your parents are paying for your education, then I would say the coach should not berate you in front of everybody else, but in a public school where the state is paying for your education, then the coach should be allowed to berate you if necessary.

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nomedsNov. 21, 12 7:26 AM

As an attorney and also an owner of a nonprofit organization, I would hire Barker or even provide a reference for him.

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stecinNov. 21, 12 7:27 AM

nomeds,Whether someone is on scholarship or not makes no difference how a situation like that is handled by a coach. What are you talking about he had no obligation to the team. The kid was on the team. Of course he had an obligation and responsibiliy to it, as well as many perks and priviledges. The kid overreacted.

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krda0501Nov. 21, 12 7:30 AM

@nomeds-you make no sense. You can't treat anyone on the team different. If you favored others, you would lose the entire team.

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justincase12Nov. 21, 12 7:41 AM

nomeds, I don't think you are thinking clearly. So if you work for a nonprofit organization, you don't have to follow the rules and can post anything you want about your boss. The kid has some growing up to do before I would hire him.

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