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Continued: Sid Hartman: Offensive line is big key to improvement of Vikings

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 26, 2007 - 10:53 PM

The Packers game is not only a complete sellout, but scalpers are also asking record prices for tickets. However, tickets still remain for every other remaining home game.

At a meeting today, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is expected to discuss a study that was made about the possible renovation of the Metrodome so that it could be financially feasible for the Vikings to play there.

Tim Brewster was asked to compare current Texas coach Mack Brown's first year as head coach at North Carolina with Brewster's first year at Minnesota. Brewster was an assistant coach there.

"It's similar to North Carolina. At North Carolina. Mac Brown went 2-20 his first two years there, and then we just kept recruiting; we kept working," Brewster said. "This program's not that bad off. This program's in better shape than the program was at North Carolina. What we've got to do here is we've just got to continue to recruit like crazy. Like I told you I couldn't be more excited about the response we're getting in recruiting. It's been amazing."

In going 1-3 in the first four games, the Gophers have scored a total of 31 points in the first half and 91 in the second half. They have gained 690 yards in the first half and 1,176 yards in the second half.

Brewster said he doesn't believe in deciding whether players will be redshirted until at least the middle of the season, but two players likely will be redshirted. "Shane Potter and Anthony Jacobs are two young guys that we think have potential without question, and at this particular point they look like they're going to redshirt," Brewster said. "Anthony Jacobs has a broken thumb right now, he's coming back from that. Shane Potter is doing a nice job, he hurt his knee as a [high school] senior, and I think he's still trying to work towards being 100 percent, but at some point next season hopefully both those guys will help us win."

Several former Gophers baseball players are taking part in major league fall instructional leagues. Shortstop Dan Lyons is with Washington, pitcher Reid Mahon with Arizona, pitcher Cole DeVries with the Twins and pitcher Craig Molldrem with Florida.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Podcast twice a week at www.startribune.com. He is at shartman@startribune.com.

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