Reusse: Rebuild with Kill to stay at slow pace

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 8, 2013 - 6:45 AM

Jerry Kill’s teams have followed Glen Mason’s blueprint the first two seasons. In Year 3, Mason’s Gophers went 8-4. Don’t expect a repeat.

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vikings1Aug. 7, 1311:02 PM

Kill's team may not finish ranked in the Top 20 but they should win 6 or 7 games this year.

sek2undrstndAug. 7, 1311:38 PM

After listening to Coach Mason with Dan Barreiro I have begun to understand why Coach Mason didn't have more wins in the Big Ten.

cjsmebyAug. 8, 1312:03 AM

Well how nice another negative story from someone who sits at a desk. It would be nice if we had the power base and the recruiting tools and money at the U of M. But one thing i always expect is the kids to do there best and give an effort i can see. I see that effort when i watch this group of kids play for coach Kill. And yes i am one of those types that believes its harder to be positive and easy to be negative and i guess i think a little pride in a program that is not as bad as Purdue or Indiana would start with a sports writer that also likes to work hard and find the good positive things COACH KILL does brings to the U of M!

regionguyAug. 8, 13 1:12 AM

I was not a big Glen Mason fan, and I genuinely appreciate Kill's work in getting the team to prepare well, play hard, and do well in school. But when I look at Mason's results at Kansas to Kill's at Northern Illinois, I don't see them as being in the same category: Mason's '95 team won at #4 Colorado and at #15 Colorado, and beat #25 UCLA in the Aloha Bowl. (They were soundly beaten by #1 Nebraska and #14 KSU.) Despite some skepticism on my part about Kill, I hope he and team do markedly better this year than the last two years.

radiant1Aug. 8, 13 1:17 AM

Coach Kill is a smart man and a straight shooter. If he's lowering expectations it's because he probably thinks the team is still a year or two away. He's been honest in his assessment of the program, but he's delivered improvement in the first two years and the team will be better this fall. I like the results to date; however, he needs to begin to recruit a better quality brand of athletes to the U if he wants to take the next step. On that front, he has a lot of work to do.

viking53Aug. 8, 13 1:55 AM

cjsmeby. If all you want is upbeat news about the Gophers, you need to read Sid's column. If the Gophers can win a bowl game, they will start getting better players.

hammersteinAug. 8, 13 2:01 AM

C'mon, posters! You are all missing the proverbial elephant in the room! Despite all of the, apparent, obstacles Coach Kill is faced with, his biggest issue might be himself. He made so many ill-advised coaching decisions that even Gopher apologist - Darrell Thompson - was critical of the blatant errors.

MagicAug. 8, 13 5:17 AM

What disappoints me is the Big Ten has been down for many years and were still going 2-6 every year?

JPetersen3Aug. 8, 13 6:20 AM

Here's the deal Gophers fans: What do you want? Do you want a football program like an Ohio State or Alabama or Oregon which consumes all resources and crushes all other athletics programs at the school? Do you want a football program that is so outsized compared to the rest of the university that it warps the educational and social goals of the school (see: Penn State)? And if you want that kind of win-at-all-costs program: give Norwood Teague your name and the number of your bank accounts so he can spend megamillions on facilities, coaches and those benefits the NCAA doesn't want to hear about that draw athletes to certain programs.

northhillAug. 8, 13 7:03 AM

First of all firing Glen Mason was one of the biggest mistakes this University ever did; then they hire Tim Brewster! When the Gophers hired Murray Warmath they didn't hire a quick fix guy like Lou Holtz. He struggled but in the end took the Gophers to two Rose Bowls. I believe that given time Jerry Kill will do what Hayden Fry at Iowa and Barry Alverez did at Wisconsin. They established good football programs at their schools. Resist the quick fix Patrick, Jerry Kill is the right guy.


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