Page 2 of 2 Previous

Continued: Ex-Gopher fighting Maturi's methods in coach search

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 4, 2010 - 8:20 AM

Joel Maturi didn't ask San Diego State's permission before discussing the Gophers' coaching vacancy with Aztecs coach Brady Hoke last month. It's not clear whether SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk was offended -- but at least one former Gopher was.

Adam Kelly, who still holds four Gophers punting records from his 1984-85 Minnesota career, sent an e-mail this week to eight Temple University officials, including athletic director Bill Bradshaw, warning that Maturi might be in pursuit of Owls coach Al Golden.

"The former players at the University of Minnesota would like to offer our apologies in advance if our Athletic Director Joel Maturi attempts to contact your football coach without your AD's knowledge," the e-mail read. "As much as your coach is GREAT, our former players believe that ADs should be contacted and asked for permission."

The e-mail went on to assert that "Maturi did not have the decency to call" Sterk, and that former Gophers "do not support this type of hiring process."

Kelly, an insurance executive in Edina, said he and a group of other former players were dismayed by Maturi's conduct, especially when a San Diego newspaper columnist sharply criticized him for the visit while the Aztecs still had a game remaining in the regular season.

"What Minnesota has done stinks. It's unethical. It's immoral. ... Just because Minnesota's [season] is lost doesn't mean a guy like Maturi has the right to interrupt a successful season somewhere else," wrote Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa, though he also noted that Sterk "didn't even seem perturbed."

But Kelly was.

"I was embarrassed as a Golden Gopher football player by the athletic department breaking the cardinal rule of these searches -- contacting the athletic director first, especially during the season," Kelly said.

But couldn't an e-mail to another school be interpreted as an attempt to sabotage Maturi's search for a new coach?

That wasn't his intention, Kelly insisted. "I have no knowledge of who they're going after," he said. "It's ridiculous."

Maturi and university President Robert Bruininks each declined, through spokesmen, to comment on the e-mail, and a Temple athletic department spokeswoman said the school does not comment on coaching searches. Last month, Maturi said regarding former players who have publicly complained that the man who hired Tim Brewster should not be in charge of finding his successor, "I am disappointed at what, I assume, are well-intended people who are actually making an important process more challenging."

The e-mail to Temple is the latest example of the friction between Maturi and the former players. A group of them set up a website, savegopherfootball.com, to air their grievances over Maturi's job performance, and took out advertisements critical of Maturi in the campus newspaper Minnesota Daily. Kelly included a link to the site in his e-mail to Temple officials.

"Every time we as former players make suggestions, we're attacked. They employ Chicago-style politics, so to speak," Kelly said. "Is it wrong to question embarrassing university tactics? No."

  • related content

  • Joel Maturi and Tim Brewster

  • GOPHERS FOOTBALL COACHING SEARCH

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 56 3rd Qtr
Boston 56
Cleveland 6:00 PM
Orlando
Indiana 6:30 PM
Detroit
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Houston 7:00 PM
Memphis
San Antonio 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Charlotte 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
LA Lakers 7:30 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8:00 PM
Denver
Philadelphia 9:00 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Illinois 9 2nd Qtr 7:20
Louisiana Tech 21
Rutgers 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 12/27/14 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

<
Gophers Football Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa 11 amX51-14
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State 11 amX31-24
Nov 22 - at Nebraska 11 amX28-24
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin 2:30 pmX34-24
Jan 1 - vs. Missouri noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your favorite Gophers football uniform colors?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close