Originally written on From The Barn  |  Last updated 3/10/13
The Minnesota Golden Gophers ended their Big Ten campaign with another strange blow-out loss to Purdue. They'll be the #9 seed in the Big Ten tournament and will play Illiniois for the third time this season at 11 am central time on Thursday. Very few people will see that game. If they lose, and let's be honest they probably will, they'll be in good shape to lose an opening round game in the NCAA tournament, which will be unwatchable. For whatever reason, there is an assumption that the next Gopher coach will have some sort of local connection. We love our local connections, as any viewer of the local nightly news can tell you. No matter the national or international story, you'll know how it allegedly affects you, no matter how obscurely. Why would a hypothetical coaching search be in different? When discussing candidates with local ties, it is important to acknowledge the general lack of success of Minnesota basketball teams, and ask why local connections are really a good thing.
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