(Updates. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Minnesota's football program has grown accustomed to setbacks. That also means the Gophers have plenty of experience with learning how to move on.
The departure of leading receiver A.J. Barker, who angrily quit the team on Sunday by an email to coach Jerry Kill that he took public on his personal blog, was a surprise to the players he left behind. As they returned to practice on Tuesday in preparation for their last regular season game, they sounded unfazed by the potential distraction. Those made available to the media expressed confidence anew in Kill's style and leadership.
''Obviously, we'd rather have it for something positive,'' Rallis said of the latest attention-garnering development for the Gophers. ''That's all we'll try to do is try to turn the spotlight into a positive.''
Barker, a junior walk-on with 30 receptions for 577 yards and seven touchdowns, missed...