Gophers executive associate athletic director David Benedict reported that the longtime study to reveal what new or remodeled facilities are needed by Gophers athletics to compete with other Big Ten schools will be presented to the Board of Regents this week.
“I think it’s just going to be an opportunity for us to explain the process that we went through to assess the needs of the athletic department and its facilities,” Benedict said. “I think it all comes down to the priority [of what buildings need to be built], and we’re working with the university to identify what those priorities are and there will be some significant investments.”
He added: “I believe there are people in this community that want to see us be very competitive in the Big Ten, and that will find a way to fund those priorities.”
Among the priorities are a men’s and women’s basketball practice facility. “Certainly that is high on the list,” Benedict said. “I know it has been talked about for a long time, but that is definitely a high priority for us.”
• Seven former Twins made the All-Star teams, and five of the seven are free agents who left, with the Twins getting nothing in return other than a handful of draft picks. Those five are Nathan, Jesse Crain, Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and David Ortiz, who of course became a free agent when the Twins didn’t offer him a contract for 2003. The other two former Twins who are All-Stars are J.J. Hardy and Carlos Gomez — players that were traded for each other in 2009.
• Former Gopher Mike Kvasnicka, whom the Twins acquired from Houston, is healthy now and hitting .299 with six home runs and 19 RBI for Class A Fort Myers. … Being promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers hasn’t slowed down 2012 first-round pick Byron Buxton, who is hitting .375 in nine games since he changed teams.
• The word from good sources is that former Timberwolves player and executive Fred Hoiberg, who is now the coach at Iowa State, was a finalist for the job of coaching the Boston Celtics before Butler’s Brad Stevens got the job.
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