Claeys keeps Gophers football fine-tuned

  • Article by: Joe Christensen , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 7:36 AM

Acting head coach tries for third consecutive Big Ten victory while coach Jerry Kill continues his medical leave.

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hanson64Nov. 1, 13 9:27 PM

Wise is the person who doesn't reach too far. As Coach Mason said, "Coaches are hired to be fired."

comment229Nov. 2, 13 4:29 AM

I really like Claeys. Nothing against Kill, and respect him too, but Claeys has done the job if not here in Minnesota, then he will somewhere else as his reputation grows.

bruisedupNov. 2, 13 4:44 AM

Claeys will be a great coach for the Gophers. He is also a great example of why the interview process for hiring in general is a total joke. How long has the U of M been interviewing to find a great head coach? How many times have they struck out? Claeys wouldn't have ever been hired as the head coach for the Gophers because he probably wouldn't have even got the chance to interview let alone fail an interview but here he is showing he can get the job done. When people are hired for positions they have accomplished one thing: They show they can talk the talk. Most are never able to walk the walk. The head coaching position for the Gophers is just one example of that.

SchradsNov. 2, 13 5:23 AM

Claeys you are pure class. No wonder Kill hired you and you have been with him for many years. Great job! keep it going. You make us all proud!

fishstixNov. 2, 13 7:49 AM

Stoic Bud Grant once said that when he saw Don Coryell ranting and raving before the game he knew the Vikes would win the game. He realized that a team takes it's lead from it's head coach and being as unbalanced and unfocused as Coryell was meant the team would react the same way. I see the same thing with Claeys and Kill: Claeys is balanced and focused while Kill is running around like a chicken in a storm. It's obvious from the results that the team responds better to Claeys.

lawstarNov. 2, 13 8:42 AM

fishstix. If placidity on the sideline is the keep to football victory why are not the Vikings undefeated? Obviously success does not depend on the demeanor of the head coach.

gregory58Nov. 2, 1310:05 AM

hey fishstix, guess that Grant calmness served the Vikes well in their 4 Superbowl wins.

Truckman182Nov. 2, 1310:20 AM

If a coach is quiet on the sidelines and they win he is stoic. If a coach is quiet on the sidelines and they lose he is unemotional and his players must be unmotivated. Winning cures everything....,

Izzy96Nov. 2, 1311:18 AM

Yet another reason Star Tribune writer Jim Souhan's "Step Aside Kill We're On to the Next One" position is just plain and simple wrong about the University of Minnesota football program. There is enormous value to a coach being able to retain his staff. Think back to Mason and Brewster (are you hungry or are you starving) regimes under whom staff shuffled yearly. Bad for recruiting. Bad for program continuity. Bad for game day. Coach Kill and his staff are extraordinarily good at what they do, and our University of Minnesota program is far better off with this team staff, than the next flavor of the week. And ya. I am a U of MN homer and supporter.

hopsingNov. 2, 13 7:37 PM

fishstyx; your logic says the Vikings should be 8-0. Don't forget Kill set the table for the last few weeks. Claeys knows that and so do most informed fans. Kill IS the head coach!

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