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Chanhassen holds its lead

A failed fourth-down conversion with under two minutes left allowed Chanhassen to hold on to a 34-30 victory over Robbinsdale Cooper in a Metro West Conference showdown that spoiled the Hawks’ homecoming before a capacity crowd at Cooper Stadium. First Quarter

The scoreless first quarter was highlighted by a Cooper defensive goal-line stand led by defensive backs LEVI CASE-ALLEN, MOSES NYAGACHA, ETHAN WHITE and JACHAI MCNEAL, linebackers ADRIAN JACKSON, JOHN JANSSON, and ALONZO HOLLIE, and linemen JOE ALBERT, ROBERT WATSON and WILLIE STAPLES. Second Quarter

Chanhassen struck, built a 13-0 lead behind two touchdown runs courtesy of running back COLE KIRCHOFF, but the offensive unit consisting of quarterback PHIL HOWARD, running backs LEVONTE TAYLOR and Hollie, receivers MELVIN NEWBERN, JORDAN MARSHALL and ARMANY SMITH, and linemen TONY MADISON, JAYLOND JOHNSON, WILL WRIGHT, ERIC ABOJEI, GREG OGBORU and TRENT HELLEN helped the Hawks respond quickly. Howard connected with Marshall for a score. Taylor followed with two scores of his own and provided a couple of two-point conversion runs (Howard provided the other) to make it a 24-13 game at halftime. Continue Reading →

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Another View Extra — Coaching Gopher basketball a career killer




By Charles Hallman


Only two coaches in Minnesota men’s basketball history have ever led teams to a national championship: Clem Haskins won two NIT crowns in the 1990s, and Tubby Smith won the 1998 NCAA title at Kentucky. Both Black men have the most 20-win seasons: seven for Haskins and five for Smith. However, both men also have the dubious honor to have been fired at Minnesota. Despite a 511-226 career record in 22 seasons, Smith unfortunately is a victim of college sports’ “What have you done for me lately?” philosophy. “When you let a guy go with the character and the skill of Tubby Smith, you better have an idea of somebody who can turn things around, and I don’t know of any of the elite coaches [seeking the Gophers job],” says Washington, D.C. radio host Mark Gray.  “I don’t know what direction they are going, but you are trading a sense of value when you disrespect a guy who’s a Hall of Fame-caliber coach.”

Minnesota AD Norwood Teague thinks that the next coach will have an easier time than Smith did selling the idea to blue-chippers that playing in a “classic” Williams Arena, a place that only looks good when it’s full of people, is an urban hoopster’s dream. Continue Reading →

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