There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2016-17 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight many of these players. This week: soccer players Simone Kolander and Rashida Beal Seniors Simone Kolander and Rashida Beal both expect to graduate in … [Read more...]
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The Minnesota Twins, by its recent anti-diversity sweep, keeps its “Whitest team in the Twin Cities” status intact. First Base Coach Butch Davis was fired last week — the old “contract not renewed” line was used. Davis, who was named to the staff in December 2014, was the team’s only Black coach. The Twins, the Minnesota Wild, and the St. Paul Saints remain the only teams in … [Read more...]
“Calm down,” Minneapolis North Head Football Coach Charles Adams told his team as they trailed Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 13-0 in the Class A state semifinals last Friday evening. “Stay focused,” he said. The Polars took their coach’s advice, regrouped, and scored 24 points in the third quarter en route to a 32-13 victory and a date this Saturday against Wabasso in the … [Read more...]
How long is too long? And at what point do fans decide enough is enough? After 12 years of the Timberwolves missing the playoffs, I feel being patient and trusting have just about run their course. Every organization experiences tough breaks, losing star players in free agency and injuries. Some teams fail because management and the coaching staff work against each other, … [Read more...]
At the start of each new season every year, coaches bleed optimism. This year was no different for the 14 Big Ten women’s basketball head coaches who talked with reporters, including the MSR, during the league’s first-ever Women’s Basketball Week last month. The following, in the order of appearance on the conference call, are the coaches’ season prospectus — in 50 words or … [Read more...]