Maturi said that while there is some negativity to a job that focuses on handing out penalties for NCAA infractions, he still enjoys it because it keeps him close to college athletics.
“It’s not necessarily the most positive job sometimes,” he said. “You don’t like handing out infractions. But it keeps me connected to sports and keeps me grounded and it’s hopefully something that I can return and give back to an industry that has been very good to me for many years.”
Maturi also said that he likes having the opportunity to teach, while also poking fun at whether the students share that same outlook.
“I’m still teaching a class, I have two sections here at the university and there’s about 90 students overall,” he said. “I’m enjoying it. I don’t know if they are, but I’m having a great time.”
When asked if he misses running the Gophers athletic department, Maturi said, “I miss it a lot.”
• MLB.com ran a long feature on former Twins stars Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer, who will be teammates again with the Colorado Rockies this season. Said Morneau: “[Having Cuddyer with the Rockies] makes the transition a little easier. He is a guy I have looked up to in the past and that I can go to if I need anything.” Cuddyer said Morneau has little to worry about in adjusting to his new team. “He cares about being a good friend and a good teammate,” Cuddyer said. “He cares about his guys that are with him, and he wants to do things well for them.”
• Marcus Sherels is due for a big raise from the Vikings after playing for $555,000 in 2013 and doing a great job. Sherels is a restricted free agent, and if he signs with the Vikings will be paid some $1.4 million. If the Vikings don’t sign him, he likely can make even more than that on the open market as a good punt returner who can also play cornerback.
• The Gophers baseball team is without two of its best players: Center fielder Dan Moti has his wrist in a brace and catcher Matt Halloran has elbow problems. Freshman Austin Athmann was the hitting star this season, hitting .467 going into Saturday’s doubleheader at Louisiana Tech. … Work has started on the installation of a Musco Sports Lighting System at Siebert Field. The lights were paid for by the Foundation for Minnesota Baseball, a charitable nonprofit organization that believes in baseball as a force for good that brings people together.
• Former Twins third baseman Danny Valencia is competing for the starting job with the Royals and hit a solo homer in his first spring training game.
• Former Centennial High pitcher Chris Anderson is listed as the Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect by Baseball America. Anderson, the Dodgers’ first-round pick last year out of Jacksonville University, was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA for Class A Great Lakes.