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Tyler Mason's Sept. 18 Gophers mailbag

Last weekend was a memorable one for the Gophers football team, although not all for good reasons. While Minnesota beat Western Illinois to improve to 3-0, Gophers coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sideline at halftime and was taken to a local hospital. Kill has since returned to work and wants to put his latest seizure behind him.Meanwhile, the Gophers also lost starting...
Via Fox Sports North
September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Tyler Mason's Sept. 18 Gophers mailbag

Last weekend was a memorable one for the Gophers football team, although not all for good reasons. While Minnesota beat Western Illinois to improve to 3-0, Gophers coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sideline at halftime and was taken to a local hospital. Kill has since returned to work and wants to put his latest seizure behind him.Meanwhile, the Gophers also lost starting...
Via Fox Sports North
September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Graduate Transfers Aim To Finish College On High Nate

  Graduate transfers are becoming more popular in college football, especially with senior quarterbacks. A graduate transfer is when a student-athlete has earned a degree, which frees them up to transfer without sitting out a year, as deemed by the NCAA. One of the most popular instances of this was Russell Wilson and his move to Wisconsin his senior year. After...
Via Optimum Scouting
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football Preview: Kill brings Gophers back to fringe bowl team status

Just how far had the Gophers fallen in the past four years? Well, those in Dinkytown were celebrating this team getting back to its status as of late - that of a fringe bowl team - as they went 6-6 in just his second year at at the helm of the program. Some in Gopherland weren't too sold on Kill coming into last season and Kill's performance overall helped some convert...
Via The B1g Time
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Engel, Fruechte aim to lead Gophers' offense

MINNEAPOLIS When A.J. Barker infamously left the Gophers football team during the season last year, there was a question as to who would step up at wide receiver for Minnesota. After all, Barker led all Gophers receivers in seemingly every important category. Derrick Engel and Isaac Fruechte hope to provide a few aanswers. The wide receiver duo finished second and third, respectively...
Via Fox Sports North
April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Engel, Fruechte aim to lead Gophers' offense

MINNEAPOLIS When A.J. Barker infamously left the Gophers football team during the season last year, there was a question as to who would step up at wide receiver for Minnesota. After all, Barker led all Gophers receivers in seemingly every important category. Derrick Engel and Isaac Fruechte hope to provide a few aanswers. The wide receiver duo finished second and third, respectively...
Via Fox Sports North
April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 WAY Too Early Badgers Schedule Breakdown: Minnesota

It's here, it's finally here!! Yes, the Badgers get there shot at a decade of dominance in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe. What will make it sweeter? Winning the game on the turf of it's most bitter rival, and that's exactly what is at stake as Wisconsin travels to "The Bank" to take on the Gophs with a 9 game win streak in tow.  Things will obviously...
Via Madtown Badgers
January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Minnesota receiver A.J. Barker arrested, charged with pot possession

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker was arrested and charged with suspicion of marijuana possession in Houston on Sunday. Barker made headlines in November after quitting the Minnesota football team midseason after a dispute with head coach Jerry Kill.The junior wrote a 4,000-word post on Tumblr in which he rips Kill for alleged mistreatment as his primary reason...
Via Bush League Chronicle
January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Gophers seem to be on correct path

Now that the Golden Gophers' 2012 football season is in the books, what do we make of it? Following Friday's 34-31 loss to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, there seems to be two ways in which Minnesota fans are evaluating the year. Some argue the season was a success, simply because the Gophers made it to a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and improved...
Via Fox Sports North
December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Gophers seem to be on correct path

Now that the Golden Gophers' 2012 football season is in the books, what do we make of it? Following Friday's 34-31 loss to Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, there seems to be two ways in which Minnesota fans are evaluating the year. Some argue the season was a success, simply because the Gophers made it to a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and improved...
Via Fox Sports North
December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota-Texas Tech Preview

The coaching carousel that thunders down upon college football in the early part of December seemed all but certain to avoid Minnesota and Texas Tech, who could sit back and watch the madness unfold while beginning bowl preparations. Instead, the Red Raiders are searching for a coach themselves. After watching Tommy Tuberville bolt for Cincinnati, Texas Tech looks to refocus in...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Stuff From TRE

Since burning myself out on the NBA preview, I've been kind of absent.  Here's some stuff that's going on: Gophers End Season 6-6, Look Towards a Bowl Don't die, buddy.   Regular Season #2 of the Jerry Kill regime has come to a bit of a tumultuous ending, but all in all I would say it is a success as they finish with a 6-6 record.  At the beginning of the...
Via Down with Goldy
November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Gophers taking steps forward, albeit baby ones

MINNEAPOLIS Getting to a bowl game was the goal all year for the University of Minnesota football team. Now that the Gophers have accomplished that, is it a surefire sign progress has been made from coach Jerry Kill's first season to his second? Sure, you could easily argue that making a bowl game is a step in the right direction, and it is after Minnesota's 3-9 record...
Via Fox Sports North
November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

The Kill strategy: It could work

Jerry Kill asked the Athletic Director, Norwood Teague, to get out of a home and home series with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Many thought this was cowardly and embarrassing to the program, but after listening to some explanations, and Coach Kill himself, I have to believe that this is a strategy born of confidence in his ability to coach, and not in a dire need for attention,...
Via The Rhino and Compass
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan State Vs. Minnesota Preview: The Mediocrity Bowl

Le'Veon Bell runs from a Minnesota defender. (Mark A. Cunningham / Getty Images) Michigan State (5-6) at Minnesota (6-5), 3:30 PM, Big Ten Network Well, folks. We’ve arrived at MSU’s last regular season game. This is not how I expected it to come down. If you were to ask me about this game in August, I’d tell you that MSU would be a 9-2 squad looking to get their third...
Via Banks Of The Red Cedar
November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

I Hope AJ Barker Never Gets a Job

If you don't know who AJ Barker is, congratulations. You've successfully avoided the most obnoxious story in the college football landscape for an entire week and might actually still have faith in our generation. I envy you. If you're still curious, here's the deal: AJ Barker, the leading receiver at Minnesota, quit the team on Sunday via Twitter (manly) after...
Via Double Coverage Football
November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Senior day not the end for Gophers yet

MINNEAPOLIS For the past two seasons, Minnesotas last regular-season game meant the last game of the year, period, for the Gophers. Thats not the case this year, though, as Minnesota is bowl eligible and will still have one more game to play after this Saturdays finale against Michigan State. This game holds plenty of significance for the 5-6 Spartans, who have lost two straight...
Via Fox Sports North
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Senior day not the end for Gophers yet

MINNEAPOLIS For the past two seasons, Minnesotas last regular-season game meant the last game of the year, period, for the Gophers. Thats not the case this year, though, as Minnesota is bowl eligible and will still have one more game to play after this Saturdays finale against Michigan State. This game holds plenty of significance for the 5-6 Spartans, who have lost two straight...
Via Fox Sports North
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

With Barker gone, Gophers move on, again

(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...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Gophers steer clear of Barker-Kill questions

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...
Via Fox Sports North
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Gophers steer clear of Barker-Kill questions

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...
Via Fox Sports North
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jerry Kill Denies Abuse Allegations

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.
Via minnesota.scout.com
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers: WR A.J. Barker Quits Team

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...
Via Football Nation
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Kill responds to A.J. Barker accusations

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...
Via Fox Sports North
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Kill responds to A.J. Barker accusations

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...
Via Fox Sports North
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

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