Coaches tell Gophers they're better than they think

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 21, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Coaches Claeys and Kill insisted to the Gophers that Saturday’s success can continue.

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roberth999Oct. 20, 13 7:42 PM

...And we have to rebuild...and we have been rebuilding...and we aren't as bad as we think..Until the Gophers actually win more conferences games than they lose and yes, consistently. Well, then they are the same pathetic team that rarely wins. If you disagree with this then you don't think winning is important.

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hanson64Oct. 20, 13 8:22 PM

I am tired of the critics. Why don't you just find another interest. You are not happy people and who needs you around. For one thing you drive potential recruits away.

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roberth999Oct. 20, 13 9:02 PM

Your right! We've been denying recruits with our negative comments!!!!!!!!!! Gopher Records over the years....6-7,3-9,3-9,6-7,7-6,1-11,6-7,7-5,7-5,10-3,8-5,4-7,6-6,8-4,5-6,3-9,4-7,3-8,3-8,4-7,2-9,2-9,6-5,6-5, 2-7-2....These are with our "powder puff schedules over the years!" Glen Mason is the only decent coach we've had in 30+years!!!!

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BirchmOct. 20, 13 9:27 PM

I took over a HS basketball team that had only TWO winning seasons in 32 years and the previous two seasons before hadn't won a game. It took four years to get to .500 and another two to win a district game. Program building takes time because you have to develop talent and help change people's mindset to a winning mentality. Be patient or find a another team to be a fan of or rag on.

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pazalunaOct. 20, 13 9:30 PM

"you are better than you think you are." this qualifies as D1 coaching? i think the U of MN football coaching staff is way more in over its head than it thinks it is.

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govt4peopleOct. 20, 13 9:32 PM

roberth999......LOL....your ultimatum is entertaining but lacks wisdom. Winning is indeed important. Why keep score and why prepare for games if it isn't? However, rebuilding does take time. This win is a step in the right direction. A big win on the road is important. These kids can only win one game at a time. Kill is in his third season, so for him to win consistently will take more time. They must win in conference as Glen Mason was able to field bowl eligible teams too.

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govt4peopleOct. 20, 13 9:34 PM

pazaluna....maybe playing at the D1 level or understanding sports beyond your own little world might help you understand what the coaches meant by saying you're better than you think you are.....it does not take a particularly discerning mind to pick on that phrase and be a critic.

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pazalunaOct. 20, 13 9:34 PM

HS Basketball is not equal to BCS Conference Football. There is just a tad more scrutiny of a Big Ten Football program. If you can't take the heat...

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govt4peopleOct. 20, 13 9:39 PM

Glen Mason was fired and people seemed behind it. Joel Maturi sent 2 programs into oblivion with his "extend and then fire" strategy to running an athletic dept. The truth is that Maturi was measured more on things like gender equity in sports than the success of the marquis programs. How else could his boss justify keeping Joel on board? This conundrum is beyond the gopher football program. We need to look at the big picture of the entire university and even the state and its priorities.

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pazalunaOct. 20, 13 9:41 PM

govt4people - what did the coaches mean when they said, "you are better than you think you are?" you seem to have a true handle on the deep philisophical nature of the football staff of the U of MN. I'm anxiously awaiting your analysis.

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