Minnesota Gophers Program Mediocrity

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This past week was national Signing Day for High School Football players. Gophers coach PJ Fleck was talking of his excitement,with the recruits he was able to sign.  He signed 23 recruits, of which only one was a 4 star recruit.

Flecks inability to attract 4 & 5 star athletes, keeps them in the same state, they have been in since 1967. They will win a couple of Big Ten games a year , against other teams that are of the same caliber.

Most would agree, that athletes win games, not coaches. So when you see the major college teams, and their number of 4 & 5 star recruits, it is pretty evident, who is going to lead their conferences, and vie for the college playoffs, now and in  the future.

 

Here is a  ranking of the nations colleges, and the number of 4 star &5 star recruits, they have signed.

  • Alabama……….25

  • Georgia…………19

  • Texas A & M….14

  • LSU……………….13

  • Oregon………….12

  • Oklahoma……..14

  • Clemson………..12

  • Michigan……….16

  • Texas…………….13

  • Penn State……..17

  • Auburn…………..11

  • Ohio State………11

  • Notre Dame……15

  • Florida State…..10

  • Washington……12

  • Minnesota………1

It’s not just making a list for conversations, on all the sports talk shows. In realty, the best, just keep getting better. An example would be Alabama. If they got 20 plus, 5 star recruits per year, that would mean 80 on the team. As a player, you would play against the best everyday in practice, making you better everyday.

Staying on Alabama, teams coming into Tuscaloosa are intimidated when they walk on the field, and see Saban walking the sidelines and Tua warming up. A lot of the Alabama guys are TV stars now, and you can’t help but watch them.

My recommendation to the gophers, is to concentrate on the 4 & 5’s to begin building a base, and dont’ spend too much time, on the 3’s. The ones you get, can’t be much worse than previous 3’s.

The Bison Deserve Some Ink

Being an alum of NDSU, I can’t help but notice, the lack of respect that the Bison get, from the Star Tribune.

A little background:

  • The Bison have won 6 of the last 7 national championships in FCS Divison football.

  • They have the longest winning streak, in college football; at 19.

  • They  beat the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers the last time they met.

  • They have more Minnesotans on their roster than the Golden Gophers.

  • In the recent college signing period the Bison got 18 letters of intent, to the Gophers 3, from Minnesota’s top 100 footballers.

  • Believe me when I say, there is more interest in Minneapolis & St. Paul, for the weekly Bison game, than there is for the Gopher game.

Given those facts, you’d think the Star Tribune would at least list their upcoming games, in their listing, of all upcoming college and pro games. They list St. Johns, Mary Hardin, Alabama-Birmingham, Middle Tennessee, but no Bison. We have go to the NDSU website, or to the award winning Fargo Forum, to get the game times

As a real kicker; how many ESPN Game Days have the Golden Gophers, or St. Johns, or Mary Hardin, or Alabama – Birmingham had in the past 3 years. The Bison have had 2.

The Vikings:Useless in Seattle

From the opening drive, you could see the Vikings didn’t come to play. They looked like they had all, received a roofy (date drug), on the ride to the stadium..

Let me set the scene: The Vikings must win this game to get into the playoffs. They have been working on this football stuff since July. They basically are the healthiest, they have been all season. They signed a $ 84 million dollar quarterback, to perform in these situations. There is an open battle between Coach Zimmer, Offensive coordinator DeFillippo, and quarterback Cousins on how to play the game. Unfortunately, DeFillippo is the odd man out. So he gets fired, the day after the game, but Zimmer and Speilman stay.

Zimmer tells DeFillippo he wants more running plays, so DePhillippo utilizes more running plays. They aren’t successful so DeFillippo gets canned for doing what he was told to do. What gives?

The Vikings – Seahawk game was deplorable, with the Vikings getting their butts whipped.

Why?
1. The Vikings aren’t as good as we thought they were.
2. Cousins looked lost and tentative.
3. The play calling was horrendous.
4. Cousins missed two open receivers for touchdowns.
5. They could not convert 3rd downs.
6. They could not convert 4th and ones.
7. Neither Diggs or Theilen caught a meaningfull pass, til late in the fourth.
8. The $84 million man looked like $ 84.00.

But most embarrassing, came when one of the Seattle defenders, came off the field, and was running up and down the sidelines, saying excitedly ” They can’t run, they can’t pass, they don’t know what to do!!”.

Welcome to the world of the Minnesota Vikings.