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Wednesday night: Minnesota transfers Iverson and Cobbs 53, Gophers 51

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: March 7, 2013 - 7:35 AM

While Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins and Joe Coleman were combining for ZERO points in Wednesday night's Minnesota loss at Nebraska, a pair of ex-Gophers were having big nights for their new teams.

Tubby Smith-transfers Colton Iverson and Justin Cobbs combined for 53 points. Iverson scored a career high of 29 as Colorado State went to Wyoming and ruined that school's Senior Night in a 78-56 victory.

Matt L. Stephens of the Coloradan.com wrote: "Wednesday was Senior Night for Wyoming, but CSU must not have received the memo. It was the Rams’ seniors who stole the show in their final trip to Arena-Auditorium, led by Colton Iverson. To put it kindly, he was unstoppable. Iverson dominated in the paint for Colorado State University, tying a Mountain West single-game record for baskets without a miss, as the Rams cruised to a 78-56 victory."

Here's the full story.

Gulp.

Meanwhile, Cobbs scored 24 points for Cal in an 83-71 loss to Stanford. Here's the game report from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Big gulp.

Cobbs was named Big 12 Player of the Week a little while back. Cobbs is second in scoring for Cal at 15 points per game and leads the Bears with 4.8 assists per game. Here are his game-by-game stats. Iverson is leading Colorado State in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

Today happens to be the one-year anniversary of when Iverson spoke to Star Tribune college basketball writer Amelia Rayno about his decision to leave Minnesota. It was tough sitting on the sidelines and watching, he told Rayno.

But he explained: “I just felt I had more to offer to a program. I don’t regret going to Minnesota at all; I learned a lot and we had a lot of great moments, winning in Puerto Rico last year and our great run in the Big Ten tournament (in 2010). Those are moments I’ll never forget. … But I mean, I started more games as a freshman than I did as a junior and I just felt like I wasn’t really progressing.”

Looks like that's not the case anymore.

Here's the entire Gold in the Barn post from last March 7.

 

 

Is former U quarterback Trestman going to the Bears?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 11, 2013 - 12:09 PM

This doesn't meet traditional journalism standards and it falls short of 100 percent certainty, but a tweet by FOX Sports analyst and former coach Jimmy Johnson is the basis for a Chicago Tribune story about the chances of former Gophers quarterback and St. Louis Park native Marc Trestman's chances of getting the Chicago Bears coaching job.

Early Friday morning, Johnson tweeted:

 Translation: "Chud" is Rob Chudzinski, who was introduced Friday as the new coaching of the Cleveland Browns. Trestman was Johnson's quarterback coach at the University of Miami, known as "the U" to those who don't know Minnesota as "the U." He is the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, who have won three of that league's last five titles.

Chicago Tribune football writer Brad Biggs wrote: "A Bears spokesman declined comment, saying the team would maintain the policy it adopted when the coaching search process began."

Biggs also wrote: "Now, Johnson did not specify Trestman was specifically coming to the Bears as head coach. It is possible he could be considered for another role but [general manager Phil] Emery is on the road looking for the team’s next head coach, not in an effort to hire the offensive coordinator for his next coach."

You can read the full Chicago Tribune report here.

A Canadian Press story Friday morning said: "An Alouettes spokesman said the CFL club had no comment about Johnson’s tweet."

Trestman graduated from St. Louis Park in 1974 and was at the University of Minnesota for three years before transferring to Minnesota State-Moorhead. He became a much-traveled NFL and college assistant coach, including two stints as a Vikings assistant, once as running backs coach and once as quarterbacks coach.

In 2007, he was named coach of the Alouettes.

 

Asked if NFL cares more about offensive players, Jared Allen says, 'Absolutely.'

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: October 10, 2012 - 10:03 PM

 

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was a sack machine last season, but he also feels under gun himself. Asked Wednesday on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" show whether the NFL favors offensive players and ignores defensive players when it comes to dangerous hits, Allen quickly answered, "Oh, absolutely."

Tony Kornheiser raised the question, following up on the season-ending knee injury to Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and a tweet made by Green Bay's Clay Matthews that the league needs to protect players on both sides of the ball.

"When we talk about overall player safety, I think, you know, from a defensive side of the ball, we definitely feel like it's not necessarily geared towards us," Allen said. "It's more stuff we can't do to them than they can't do to us."

Allen referenced a fine levied against him in November 2008 for a hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub against a hit he took a month later against the Lions. "From my own experiences, I got fined $75,000 or something like that for hitting Schaub for what they said was low and he had the ball trying to get to him a few years back. I get knifed in the knee by a dude in Detroit, and they don't do anything."

The fine was $50,000, and the dude was Lions offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus, whose hit Allen was still smarting about in 2009.

Allen also was realistic: "Everybody gets treated fairly, but not everybody gets treated the same." Later he added, talking about NFL officials, "Obviously they got the overall image of the Shield that they're trying to create or make better, so I'm for it."

Allen also talked to Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon about how the league has changed since he started playing, not to mention the team's surprising 4-1 start as well as the focus, preparation and coaching required of the young team.

And he also talked about a desire to beat the Bears in Chicago for the first time: "I want nothing more than to crush the Bears and especially in Chicago. I'm going to do everything I can do. ... When we see them, it's game on."

Here's a link to the "PTI" audio via podcast. Allen comes in about 8:50 into the audio. We'll post video if it becomes available.

Ex-Viking Lorenzo Booker fighting for spot with Bears

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: August 28, 2012 - 7:52 AM

The final week of exhibition games means little to most fans and established players because the battles that are being fought are typically for back-up spots on the roster. When you watch the fourth game of the preseason, you don't expect to see many regulars getting significant playing time, if any playing time at all.

For the Chicago Bears, Thursday night's game will be a big one for former Vikings running back and kick returner Lorenzo Booker, who is battling for the No. 3 running back job with Armando Allen.

Booker helped himself in the second game of the preseason with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

 Bears coach Lovie Smith told the Chicago Tribune: "When you get a chance, you need a splash play to make everybody take notice. The kickoff return did that. He has a history in the league too. In every situation we've put him in we've seen something special from him. He's a little bit different than our other running backs too — a quick guy — so he brings a different dimension.''

Working against him, though, is the fact that the Bears have Devin Hester returning kicks and also signed Eric Weems as a backup in that role. Allen is seen as a better receiver than Booker, although Booker caught four passes when the Bears rallied past the New York Giants' reserves to win 20-17 on Friday.

Here's the Chicago Tribune report on the battle.

And here's a story from the Daily Herald.

Ex-Viking Lorenzo Booker fighting for spot with Bears

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: August 28, 2012 - 7:52 AM

The final week of exhibition games means little to most fans and established players because the battles that are being fought are typically for back-up spots on the roster. When you watch the fourth game of the preseason, you don't expect to see many regulars getting significant playing time, if any playing time at all.

For the Chicago Bears, Thursday night's game will be a big one for former Vikings running back and kick returner Lorenzo Booker, who is battling for the No. 3 running back job with Armando Allen.

Booker helped himself in the second game of the preseason with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

 Bears coach Lovie Smith told the Chicago Tribune: "When you get a chance, you need a splash play to make everybody take notice. The kickoff return did that. He has a history in the league too. In every situation we've put him in we've seen something special from him. He's a little bit different than our other running backs too — a quick guy — so he brings a different dimension.''

Working against him, though, is the fact that the Bears have Devin Hester returning kicks and also signed Eric Weems as a backup in that role. Allen is seen as a better receiver than Booker, although Booker caught four passes when the Bears rallied past the New York Giants' reserves to win 20-17 on Friday.

Here's the Chicago Tribune report on the battle.

And here's a story from the Daily Herald.

      

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