By Kwame JC McDonald
The win-loss records are listed with the respective coaches noted: Pittsburgh (MIKE TOMLIN) 4-1; Chicago (LOVEY SMITH) 4-2; Indianapolis (JIM CALDWELL) 4-2; Tampa Bay (RAHEEM MORRIS) 3-2; Cincinnati (MARVIN LEWIS) 2-3; and San Francisco (MIKE SINGLETARY) 1-5.
Football Gophers looking for new coach
JOEL MATURI, the athletic director for the University of Minnesota, has fired football coach TIM BREWSTER. JEFF HORTON, currently the Gophers co-offensive coordinator, has assumed the head coaching duties for five regular season games remaining.
This columnist was a Brewster supporter, and we wish him and his family well.
Former Gopher quarterback, Super Bowl winner, and former Indianapolis Colts head coach TONY DUNGY was approached to determine his interest in the job, but he would rather assist his alma mater in the search. So he will.
Other coaches who have been mentioned include University of Houston head football coach and former Gopher assistant KEVIN SUMLIN, and the highly regarded Vikings defensive coordinator LESLIE FRAZIER is another possibility.
This will be an interesting process. Stay tuned!
Gopher women prepare for 2010-11 season
Coach PAM BORTON is preparing for her 13th season. She has nine returnees and four newcomers. The 2010-2011 roster will try to improve on last year’s record of 13-17 overall and a last-place Big Ten finish of six wins and 11 losses.
Coach Borton is looking for improvement from last year’s squad. The captains are seniors CHINA ANTOINE and KRISTEN DOCKERY.
In addition, Borton is looking for contributions from juniors KIARA BUFORD, JACKIE VOIGT, BRIANNA MASTEY, NICOLE MASTEY, LEAH COTTON, KATIE LOBERG, redshirt freshman AMBER DVORK, newcomers KIONNA KELLOGG, MACAËLLA RICHÉ, SARI NOGA and SHONTÉ CLAY.
The team will open its season with an exhibition game against a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference team on November 3 at 7 pm. Buford, Voigt and Antoine lead the team among returning scorers with13.1, 8.2 and 8.1 respectively.
Gopher men expect to improve 2009-10 record
Tubby Smith expects more wins in the 2011 season. People returning to the University of Minnesota basketball team include captains AL NOLEN and BLAKE HOFFARBER.
Squad members by class are: seniors BLAKE HOFFARBER and AL NOLEN; juniors COLTON IVERSON, DEVOE JOSEPH, TREVOR MBWAKE and RALPH SAMPSON; sophomores BRYANT ALLEN, CHRIS HALVORSEN and RODNEY WILLIAMS; freshmen MAVERICK AHANMISI, GERALD “CHIP” ARMELIN, DOMINIQUE DAWSON, ELLIOTT ELIASON, AUSTIN HOLLINS, OTO OSENIEKS and MO WALKER.
This promises to be an exciting year for improved Gophers hoops.
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