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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.


Chris Kluwe educates Colbert Nation

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 9, 2013 - 12:04 PM

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe explained football and his support for gay marriage Tuesday night on the Colbert report.

"If you're into a frank discussion of kicking things," host Stephen Colbert told his audience, "don't touch that dial."

When Colbert mentioned the Vikings' wild-card  loss to Green Bay, complete with lutefisk reference, Kluwe explained: "In my defense, I played well. Unfortunately, when I play well, that's usually a sign that the team isn't playing well."

That's all we're telling you, aside from how impressed Upload was with the stocking cap and shower thongs ensemble that Kluwe chose for the show. Watch the rest here:



New St. John's coach hosts chat in St. Cloud. Will there be mayhem?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 4, 2013 - 1:04 PM

Some football boosters weren't happy when St. John's in Collegeville chose to stay in-house and promote defensive coordinator Gary Fasching to the head football coaching job, replacing the legendary John Gagliardi, who retired after 60 years at the school.

Many were hoping the job would go to Eden Prairie High coach Mike Grant, a Johnnies alum and the son of former Vikings coach Bud Grant.

Others weren't happy that St. John's didn't look far enough outside the school -- that a more dramatic move was needed to regain equal footing with MIAC powerhouse St. Thomas, and to get back ahead of several other schools in the conference that have improved their programs in recent years.

If you doubt the distress, click here to see the comments on the Star Tribune story after Fasching got the job.

Fasching will on the St. Cloud Daily Times web site at 1:30 p.m. to answer questions from Johnnies fans.

Will there be mayhem?

Click here to find out. If you miss the chat, you'll be able to click on the link to read a replay afterward.


Kluwe says Torii Hunter made anti-gay comment; ex-Twin says otherwise

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: December 31, 2012 - 9:42 AM

Sunday's Los Angeles Times features a story about gay athletes and how they still feel unwelcome in most pro sports locker rooms.

Kevin Baxter of the Times wrote: "Consider the numbers. About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2% to 10%, it's likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual. Yet not one has come out of the closet. Not this year, not last year, not ever."

Former Twins and Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter said he believed an athlete who came out could divide a team.

Hunter, who recently signed with Detroit, said: "For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable."

On Twitter this morning, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded:

and followed with

Barker/Kill incident dissected by New York Times

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: December 15, 2012 - 9:02 AM

You probably don't need to be reminded that Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker left the team in a dispute over how his ankle injury was being handled and his treatment by coach Jerry Kill -- or the 4,000-word letter to Kill that he posted on the web.

New York Times reporter Tim Rohan (a former Vikings blogger) cited Barker's case as one in a number of examples of coaching walking the line between behavior that is judged as tough discipline as opposed to abusive, and how coaches no longer have the absolute authority that at one time appeared to come with their position.

Rohan wrote:

"This season, Idaho State suspended its football coach, Mike Kramer, for one game for shoving a player to the ground in practice. Last month, Morehead State suspended the men’s basketball coach Sean Woods for one game for pushing and berating a player during a game. On Thursday, Rutgers suspended the men’s basketball’s coach Mike Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 for behavior in practice.

"At Washington State, the star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the football team, alleging that Coach Mike Leach and his staff had intimidated and humiliated players. The university said Wednesday that it had concluded an internal review and determined there had been no wrongdoing by the coaching staff

Among those interviewed in the story is Rick Aberman, a sports psychologist who met with both Kill and Barker. He told Rohan: “This is a new challenge for coaches It may be the one thing that may drive coaches out of the business, because everything’s public.”

You can read the entire story here.



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