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Continued: Hartman: Pitino, Gophers exceed expectations

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 8, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Are there still major issues with playing at TCF Bank Stadium?

“We have the fundamental agreement, the use agreement has been resolved,” Bagley said. “But there is still a handful of items: the capital improvements to the stadium, which heating system goes in, what we’re going to do in terms of seat expansion, capacity expansion, some concession issues and weatherization issues, so we’re working hard with the university’s leadership to bring those issues to a close. Certainly sometime in January, we believe those things will be resolved.”

Jottings

• How good a defensive coordinator will former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier be for the Bucs? During Frazier’s time with the Colts, the team’s pass defense improved from 15th overall in the NFL in 2005 to second in 2006, the year the Colts went on to beat the Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. As the Vikings defensive coordinator in 2007, he led the defense to a sixth overall ranking in 2008 and 2009 and eighth in 2010 after finishing 20th in 2007. When Frazier became Vikings head coach and gave up running the defense, the unit finished 21st, 16th and 31st in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

• Apparently, former Vikings offensive coordinator and current Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is in demand as a potential NFL head coach. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen made a trip to Seattle this past week to interview Bevell.

•  One reason Atlanta wants to hire Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is that even though the Falcons have a great quarterback in Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ offensive line fell apart. The team dropped from a 13-3 record in 2012 to 4-12 this season. The Vikings to date have refused permission for Atlanta to talk to Davidson, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman urged the new Vikings coach to keep Davidson, who is ranked among the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.

• Rodney Williams continues to play well for the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League. Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game on 44.3 percent shooting. … Trevor Mbakwe is playing for Virtus RM in Italy and in 14 league games, he is averaging 9.4 points and 10 rebounds a contest. In 10 Eurocup games, he is averaging 6.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes a game.

 

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shartman@startribune.com

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