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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 startribune.com 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.

 

Wisconsin fans react to Bielema's exit: 'This makes me happier than putting up 70'

Posted by: Brian Stensaas Updated: December 4, 2012 - 10:08 PM

As you might imagine, reaction in the Badger State to the report Bret Bielema took the head football job at Arkansas came fast and furious Tuesday afternoon. A quick read through message boards and comment streams associated with stories here, here and here run the gamut.

 

Good for Bret
Bo knows:  Was BB perfect? Of course not. But he did still manage to lead Wisconsin to 3 straight Rose Bowls. This state has been too spoiled in recent years by Barry, Bo, and Bret and forgot where the athletic program used to be.
 
Good riddance, Bret
Toadmanjack: Don't let the door hit you in your goofy-looking living-off-of-Barry-Alvarez-a**.
 
We’re happy
Badger Bob: This makes me happier than putting up 70 last week.
 
We’re in trouble
GSOBadger: This is horrible news. We had a chance to get a good win in the RB, now probably gone. We were poised for a great season next year, now probably gone. We have a great recruiting class lined up, expect many to bail.
 
This is exactly what the program needs
RichardSRussell: You don't expect a guy with a Hawkeye tattoo to have the same level of loyalty to the cardinal and white as, say, Pat Richter. Still, I thought he'd have enough loyalty to his TEAM not to drop this kind of distraction on them just a few weeks before the Rose Bowl. Best of luck anyway, Bret. And remember who gave you your big break.
 
This program will never win another game
Tobin: Seriously, this is a big problem for Bucky. Any new coach coming in will want to hire his own coaches. Look at how Bucky struggled adapting to the new coaching this year. We were set up for a great year next year with the O-line more experienced and our super RBs and Stave able to play again. Are there any Urban Meyers out there?
 
After initial spouts of reactionary posts, many – like Tobin here - turned to speculation. A popular thought to replace Bielema is Paul Chryst. He’s the offensive coaching mind who left the Badgers last season for Pittsburgh and eventually hired away ex-Badgers QB Brooks Bollinger from his coaching post at Hill-Murray High School. The thought makes sense, although later in the evening Chryst issued a statement saying he's perfectly happy at Pitt.
 
Other suggestions that came up again and again: former Vikings offensive coordinator and Badgers QB Darrell Bevell and former coach and current Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez.
 
It should also be noted that a certain former NFL MVP currently spending time coaching high school football and mowing his lawn in Mississippi came up a few places.
 
Yes, there are some out there pining for Coach Brett Favre in Wisconsin. Another name seen more than once? Former Vikings coach Brad Childress, who ran a kick-(rear-end) offense at Wisconsin as offensive coordinator in the 1990s.

Some Lions accuse Vikings of 'headhunting'

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: November 12, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn't think anything illegal was going on, but head coach Jim Schwartz and some of his players weren't happy with the Vikings' defensive tactics during Sunday's game.

Meanwhile, Lions fans weren't too thrilled with the play of their team in the 34-24 Vikings victory.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported that, on two occasions after catching passes, "Johnson took shots to the head -- one, by safety Harrison Smith and another by linebacker Jasper Brinkley. He ducked out of the way of a couple other flying tackle attempts. Remember, it was against the Vikings in Week 4 that Johnson suffered a stinger on a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Chad Greenway."

Schwartz told the News: "They hit him in the head twice. Only one (Brinkley) got flagged."

Johnson, who caught 12 passes for 207 yards, didn't think there was intent to injure.

You can read his response here.

About the hits to the head, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said he didn't know if the Vikings were targeting Johnson's head. "Calvin is a tough guy and he stayed in and made some big plays. But there is no place for that in this league."

While you're reading, you should go down to the comments at the bottom of the page. Lions fans talking about  Stafford and his receivers (other than Johnson) sound a little bit like many Vikings fans talking about Christian Ponder and his receivers (other than Percy Harvin).

Without the ESPN girlfriend thing, of course.

Bryant McKinnie sued over claim he owes $375,000 to strip club

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: October 30, 2012 - 11:29 AM

From nbcmiami.com: "Former Miami Hurricanes All-American Bryant McKinnie owes the father of rapping superstar Trick Daddy $375,000 for bills run up at South Florida strip clubs, a new lawsuit says. The rapper’s father, Charles (Pop) Young, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Young says that McKinnie, who is currently an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, racked up big bills at the strip clubs between February 2009 and September 2010, borrowing the money from him."

Here's the story from the Miami TV station.

The former Vikings lineman, released last season when he showed up at training camp weighing a bunch more than coach Leslie Frazier wanted, is a big deal in Miami -- owing to his college career at the University of Miami.

McKinnie denied the allegation, essentially saying that Young was trying to shake down a moneymaker. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, McKinnie said: "I got no papers, I was never served. I just called my lawyer about this because this is a bogus story. I just read the article. He was working at those places and he's tried to borrow money from me. People can put anything out there. What strip club gives you a $375,000 tab?"

Upload doesn't want to know the answer to that last question.

According to the Sun, McKinnie took a $1 million pay cut this season -- from $3.2 million to $2.2 million -- with the chance to get the million back if he plays 50 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps -- a task that made difficult by the fact that he isn't a starter right now. McKinnie already is having some of his salary garnished as settlement in a lawsuit over a $4.5 million loan he took out during the NFL lockout.

Here's the entire Sun story.

 

Vikings pregame from one iPhone's lens

Posted by: Brian Stensaas Updated: October 25, 2012 - 7:29 PM

Midweek football returns to downtown Minneapolis tonight.

 

 

Quarterback Christian Ponder is ready

 

 

Coach Leslie Frazier is ready

 

 
The NFL Network crew is ready (trust me, they're down there)
 

Are you?

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