Sid Hartman has been a major voice on the Minnesota sports scene for several decades. He writes a column four days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. He also can be heard at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. on weekdays.

Posts about Gopher coaches

Gophers players pack meals for hungry

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: July 18, 2012 - 5:44 PM

One very positive thing about Gophers football coach Jerry Kill is that, while football is his primary duty, he spends a lot of time doing more for community and needy people than any coach I can recall.

About a week ago he spoke to a group of young people who are dealing with epilepsy. Kill, who has suffered a number of epileptic seizures, spent a long time talking individually and collectively to all the young boys and girls at that session.  They certainly felt a lot better after he left.

This week, the defensive members of the Gophers football team packed 11,000 meals for an organization called Kids Against Hunger. The organization does a great deal to battle world wide hunger.

The Gophers' twitter account said the defensive players packed 11,232 meals.The Gophers offensive players will compete with that and try to pack more than 11,232 meals for Kids Against Hunger this week.

One thing about Kill -- he cares about people who are underprivilaged and are in need. And he makes a great impression on his players in that regard, and shows them how they can help. Believe me, the players love getting together to support causes like that, too.

 

 

Memories of the 1937 Edison high school team

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: March 21, 2012 - 6:22 PM

This is the time of year for a lot of people to rate all the great high school basketball teams. While others rate teams that they read about -- because they weren't born yet -- I can talk about teams that I have seen, including a team that was approached to fix the high school championship game.

The team was the 1937 Minneapolis Edison boys basketball team that went 15-1 and won a state tournament. They beat Crosby Ironton 38-27 in the title game.

Edison had, in my book, the greatest starting lineup of any high school team. Don Carlson, a future Laker, was on that team after playing for the Gophers. Joe Mernik, one of the greatest high school athletes in Minneapolis history, later played for the Gophers football team and was on the 1940 national championship team, kicking an extra point as the Gophers beat Michigan 7-6 in a key game. Willie Warhol went on to play basketball for the Gophers. The Edison center was Walt Andrewski.

Around tournament time it developed that a local fan tried to fix the game by bribing one of the Edison players, something that never happened before in state high school sports.  The Edison player reported the attempt to police, and the fan was arrested.

The Edison coach was Ray Parkins, and for years his team dominated the city of Minneapolis when there were only eight schools. The football team, coached by Peter Guzy, was almost as dominant.

In those days, they played every Friday at the Minneapolis Auditorium -- two games in the afternoon and two games at night. All the state tournament games were played at Williams Arena, with crowds of more than 15,000.

 

 

Mason a candidate at New Mexico

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: November 15, 2011 - 1:31 PM

Former Gophers football coach Glen Mason is a candidate for the job at New Mexico.

Joel Maturi, Gophers athletic director, received a call from Paul Krebs, athletic director at New Mexico, for references on former Gophers football coach Glen Mason.

Krebs was getting his masters degree in athletic administration at Ohio State when Mason was an assistant coach there in the early 1980s.

Maturi said he gave Mason a high recommendation and told Krebs that Mason would be a very good coach.

Mason could not be reached for comment. However he has told friends in the past that he was eager to get back into coaching.

He did say via Twitter: "The rumors are not correct. I am honored to being mentioned at NMU however I do not have interest at this time."

Mike Locksley was fired in late September and defensive coordinator George Barlow has coached out the season. The Lobos are 1-9 and have to games remaining.

Mason, 61, was 64-57 in 10 years with the Gophers before being fired after the 2006 season. He is working with the Big Ten Network as an analyst.
 

Kill's as feisty as ever

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: September 28, 2011 - 5:09 PM

Jerry Kill returned to Gophers practice after being released this morning by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

The first-year coach got to his office around 12:30.

Doctors told him to stick to his prescribed medicine and get his rest.

Practice started at 3:50.  Usually, the first 20 minutes are open to the press, but it was closed today. It likely will be closed the rest of the week.

Kill told me, "I'm not talkin' to anyone right now."

Kill's assistant coaches predicted earlier this week that he would be on the sidelines for Saturday's game at Michigan. And they apparently are correct.

Kill was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic Sunday after suffering a seizure that morning before his scheduled appearance on my radio show.

 

Kill's as feisty as ever

Posted by: Sid Hartman Updated: September 28, 2011 - 5:09 PM

Jerry Kill returned to Gophers practice after being released this morning by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

The first-year coach got to his office around 12:30.

Doctors told him to stick to his prescribed medicine and get his rest.

Practice started at 3:50.  Usually, the first 20 minutes are open to the press, but it was closed today. It likely will be closed the rest of the week.

Kill told me, "I'm not talkin' to anyone right now."

Kill's assistant coaches predicted earlier this week that he would be on the sidelines for Saturday's game at Michigan. And they apparently are correct.

Kill was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic Sunday after suffering a seizure that morning before his scheduled appearance on my radio show.

 

      

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