Starter Kionna Kellogg leaves Gophers women's basketball team

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  • Updated: April 10, 2013 - 6:42 AM

Junior forward Kionna Kellogg of the Gophers has been granted a release from the Gophers’ women’s basketball program. Kellogg will have to sit out one academic year if she transfers to another Division I school and wants to play basketball there.

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azmnbbApr. 10, 13 8:13 AM

When a senior-to-be starter leaves the team, that says a whole lot about the need to relieve Borton.

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avoidxsApr. 10, 13 9:17 AM

The Gopher women deserve so much better than the crushing mediocrity of Pam Borton. I am so sorry to see Kellogg go. It is yet another indictment of the coach.

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jpweisserApr. 10, 13 9:32 AM

where is the accountability for this program? Seems odd they hold Tubby to one standard, but allow the poor performance of the women's coach? Norwood, you only did half the job when you fired Tubby.

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sophschoiceApr. 10, 1310:18 AM

Yes, Borton should be next to go...and it should be soon, not after giving her one more year. Fans are sick of this ride with her, as are players, I am sure. Hopefully Teague will make the decision to get rid of her now that the men's replacement has been made. If Teague chooses not to release Borton this year, I think it is a big indicator that he does not put much value in the women's basketball program. The strikes against Borton far outweigh Tubby's. Let's get this women's program back to where it was over a decade ago and start with a coach that players actually enjoy playing for!

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bmmvk3Apr. 10, 1310:47 AM

I am bummed. I really liked watching Kionna play. Maybe she'll join her sister at Oklahoma. I am really peeved about Teague's lack of interest/effort in the women's program. After 30 years of attending WBB, 12 of them as a season ticket holder, I think I've had enough. I am thinking about just purchasing tickets game by game. Why wasn't she canned right after the Big Ten playoff one and done and WNIT one and done? Both games were awful. Ah yes, the 'one more year' mantra.

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raymondb62Apr. 10, 1312:46 PM

Hey Norwood! You're only half finished with your job. Borton needs to go now, no matter what the buy-out is. She has taken a program that was an up and comer when she came in, made a lot of hay with Littlefield and Friese recruits, then proceeded to drive the program into the dirt. Do your job Teague or you may find that your head is the one on the block.

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tom322Apr. 10, 13 1:16 PM

Buyout payments are still being made to Dan Monson, Glen Mason, and Tim Brewster. Buyout payments must be made to Tubby Smith and his staff. The speculation as to why Pam Borton continues as the head basketball coach is because of the additional cost to the Athletics Department that would incur if she were to be let go.

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krzyktApr. 10, 13 2:25 PM

It was clear from watching Kionna play last season that she was no longer invested in the program. This type of decision is not made by the coaching staff alone but involves input from the team as well. The players vying for her position made it clear that they would out work her. I'm guessing she did not want to put in that amount of work.

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krzyktApr. 10, 13 2:39 PM

Just wanted to add that I hope Kionna stays to finish her degree. Sometimes kids just get burned out from the constant intensity of practice, games and all the travel. She seemed like one of those kids.

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raymondb62Apr. 10, 13 3:35 PM

krzykt, the only player that was pushing Kellogg for her PT was Hirt and unless Hirt upped her defense, she was no threat to Kellogg. Although with the capriosious way that PT decision seemed to be made by Borton, nothing is certain!

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