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Golden Gopher leading receiver A.J. Barker has announced Sunday that he’s leaving the team in a rant against head coach Jerry Kill via Tumblr.
Barker, a junior walk-on, accumulated 577 yards receiving before an ankle injury against Purdue a couple of weeks ago has held him out ever since.
According to Barker’s post on Tumblr, his decision to leave the team arises out of what he calls manipulation and verbal abuse from Kill. This apparently stemmed from how Barker’s ankle injury was dealt with by the Minnesota coaching staff.
Now, in honor of my family and myself I’m done with you for good. In light of that pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love you put on this past Thursday, I have come to the decision, with the guidance of my parents and my closest friends, that my time on this team has come to an end. It kills me that I have to do this before the season’s over, but this is the only way I can protect myself against the manipulation and abuse I’d have to endure from you the rest of this season.
There’s nothing special about me?
I’m a dime a dozen?
You don’t know what ********* up things happened to me to screw me up so much as a person”?
My stock fell as a person since I got injured?
You had 5 of me at Northern Illinois?
You say I’ll never earn a scholarship under you? That I don’t deserve one?
I guess time will tell to see if this was an isolated incident with Barker or if more players will follow suit with him after the Kill’s alleged abuse and manipulation. Nonetheless Barker wasn’t under scholarship so he is free to transfer to any school and play next season.
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MINNEAPOLIS One day after Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker quit the team and made accusations about his head coach, Jerry Kill responded.Kill, in his second season as Minnesota's head coach, addressed the media Monday morning to answer questions about Barker's departure from the team, as well as his relationship with Barker and how the junior wide receiver announced his...
MINNEAPOLIS The University of Minnesota football team's top wide receiver is apparently quitting the team -- and giving his coach an earful in the process.
Gophers junior A.J. Barker announced on his Twitter account Sunday that he is quitting the team and looking to transfer for his senior season.
"Well, its official. I am done playing football for the University of Minnesota...
MINNEAPOLIS Members of the University of Minnesota football team were clearly prepared for the questions about the recent departure of wide receiver A.J. Barker, as several of the team's leaders offered little Tuesday when asked about the situation that has grabbed national headlines.
"I think we were pretty surprised," senior linebacker Mike Rallis said about Barker...
Leading Minnesota Golden Gophers receiver, A.J. Barker, left the team and accused his former coach of mistreatment.
Barker has missed the last 3 games due to an injury and is the team’s leading receiver with 30 receptions for 577 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Minnesota released the following statement regarding Barker’s claims:
“Coach Kill received an email from A.J. Barker today...
AJ Barker is, apparently, not one to mince words- especially when it comes to feeling slapped around verbally by his coaching staff at Minnesota...
So he quit...
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What's been a bizarre weekend already in the Big Ten got just a bit stranger thanks to A.J. Barker and his status as a football player at the University of Minnesota. After an apparent incident of mistreatment from head coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers training staff Barker took to twitter and Tumblr to explain why he would be leaving the program.
It's pretty clear things...
Minnesota's leading receiver quit the team in a blistering email to coach Jerry Kill that he subsequently made public through his personal blog.
A.J. Barker confirmed Sunday in a phone interview his intention to leave the Gophers and transfer to another school, preferably in the Big Ten. He is a walk-on who has 30 receptions for 577 yards and seven touchdowns, by far the most...
The big news in college football Sunday night came from the surprising claim that Minnesota Gophers' wide receiver A.J. Barker quit the team. Barker sent head coach Jerry Kill a 4,000+ word letter explaining why he no longer wishes to play on the team for the rest of the year and plans on transferring next year.Barker laid out his priorities for quiting the team on twitter...
The Minnesota Golden Gophers’ top wide receiver, A.J. Barker, is the latest college football player to quit his team over supposed “abuse.”
Last week, we saw Washington State’s Marquess Wilson quit the Cougars over abuse from Mike Lynch and the rest of his coaching staff. Now, Barker has quit the Gophers, and he did it via social media.
Well, its official. I am done playing...
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says top receiver A.J. Barker's abrupt departure from the team was because he was unhappy with being disciplined, not because of any mistreatment.
Barker quit the Gophers on Sunday and went public with a scathing email that accuses Kill of manipulative and abusive behavior.
Kill responded at a news conference on Monday. He said he confronted Barker...
On Sunday evening, Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker announced on his Twitter account that he would be leaving the football team and transferring from the University of Minnesota due to issues with the coaching staff.
I don’t know if it speaks more to the world of college football or to the society in which we live in as a whole, but the amount of players who continue to call out their head coaches for mistreatment is growing at an alarming rate. The latest comes from Minnesota Golden Gophers leading wide receiver A.J. Barker, who took to Twitter and his website to rip into his head coach, Jerry...
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said Monday that top receiver A.J. Barker's abrupt departure from the team was because he was unhappy with being disciplined, not because of any mistreatment.
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