St. Thomas football: All in the family

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2012 - 12:06 PM

The 13-0 Tommies go into Saturday's NCAA semifinals wearing their coach's ethos of unity. Despite his success, he's sticking to a place where family matters.

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jastkeDec. 8, 12 5:47 AM

St. Thomas no longer belongs in the MIAC. With an enrollment of over 10,000 students they should be a D-II school.

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chuckkosel01Dec. 8, 12 6:31 AM

As a Johnnie fan, of course I am not thrilled about Caruso being at STU long term, but it has been a good thing for the conference as it should lift all schools to a better program to compete. He seems to be a coach who does and says the right things.

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jmg8866Dec. 8, 12 9:37 AM

@ jastke: enrollment has nothing to do with what conference a school should participates in. Its how competitive the school is.

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Twin91Dec. 8, 12 9:53 AM

Caruso was obviously one of the great hires in UST history. Nice to see St Thomas football rise to the same high standard (and now even better than) the other sports. Go Tommie's!

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faunchDec. 8, 1210:01 AM

So much for small college football. U$T is the 4th largest college/university in MN. UW-Osh Kosh is the 3rd largest in WI. Total combined enrollment of both schools is over 20,000. The rest of the MIAC totaled together probably doesn't add up to that. Time for the NCAA to reevaluate the philosophy and criteria for D3 sports...IMHO.

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miacfan41Dec. 8, 1210:04 AM

Ah...a little miac jealousy going on. Go Tommies!

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roymercerDec. 8, 1210:35 AM

I really don't understand why St John's doesn't try to poach Caruso. It's almost guaranteed that they'll pick someone who has no track record as a head coach in D-III. Which seems stupid when they could get the best available.

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Twin91Dec. 8, 1210:37 AM

Enrollment numbers have nothing to do with success or failure in college sports. Student athletes are attracted to schools based on how much they like the coach and believe in the program. Augsburg wrestling, Gustavus tennis and (until recently) St. John's football are successful because they have great coaches and a winning tradition, not because they have more students than competitors. Besides, the 10,000 enrollment number at UST conveniently ignores the fact that 5,000 of these are graduate (night) students ineligible for sports.

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TabarnooshDec. 8, 1210:59 AM

If enrollment equaled sports success then the U of M football program should have been a national power for years. This guy seems to believe that a happy and healthy family life is more important than personal or professional accolades. How refreshingly different.

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jimbo7Dec. 8, 1212:53 PM

When you become the best at something others always try to knock you down. Thank you for the compliment. Jim '72

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