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Gopher guard undaunted by infrequent play

Spotlight on the Gophers 100BLACK GOPHER 100

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 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players. This week: Gopher junior basketball player Kendal Shell

Near the end of a blowout non-conference Gopher win earlier this season, the Williams Arena’s designated student section began chanting “Play Kendal” for U of M junior guard Kendal Shell to get inserted in the game. To this longtime reporter sitting far too close to the section than preferable, it sounded too much like the silly “Play Ho-se-a” chorus oft-heard during the mid-1990s when fans disrespectfully called for Hosea Crittenden, the diminutive guard seen by many as the Gopher human victory cigar whenever a home win was safely secured. It was no different then than now, over two decades later, as non-student athletes mockingly call for a walk-on student athlete to get in essence “garbage time” on the raised floor. Continue Reading →

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