Hartman: Vikings could have second London game

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 6:49 AM

The team will play at TCF Bank Stadium while its new stadium is built, making it an ideal time to play abroad.

The Vikings have announced they will play one game in London next year.

But the word around the NFL is that while their new stadium is being built and the team is playing at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings might take a second game out of Minneapolis in 2014 and move it to London as well.

Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley denied the report that the Vikings have made any commitment for more than one game. However, he gave some credence to the report when he said, "After the first game is played [in London], we will see how it goes and then we'll decide if another game is scheduled."

Bagley recently returned from London, where he and other members of the Vikings administration spent time getting some idea of what to expect when the Vikings play there next year. Bagley claimed the promotion was a big success for the NFL this year when the New England Patriots crushed the St. Louis Rams 45-7, with 84,004 fans attending the game.

In a recent conversation, Vikings owner and chairman Zygi Wilf told me how excited he is to take the Vikings overseas.

"I think it's important, that in terms of our planning our schedule for the new stadium, to be able to have the time to build while we're playing, so it was the proper time to do that," he said. "I think it's great for the business community, the exposure for Minnesota in Europe and London. It exposes Minnesota to Europe and London and shows them that we're here."

The word is that the University of Minnesota and the Vikings have agreed in principal on an agreement for the Vikings to play at TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is being built. The Vikings will pay $250,000 per game for rent and install 2,800 temporary seats at the open end of the stadium.

The university will get the income from concessions that it would get from a Gophers game, but the Vikings will work out an additional profit for them with the concessionaires.

The Vikings will spend $2.5 million to install new turf with heating cables underneath the field, so games can be played in colder weather. The Vikings will also have to winterize the stadium and do whatever is necessary to keep the field usable later in the season, at a time the Gophers never planned to play.

Kill, Beckman familiar

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and Gophers football coach Jerry Kill know each other as peers and both have followed a strikingly similar path to their current positions as the two get ready to square off on Saturday in Champaign.

Both Beckman and Kill came to their respective Big Ten coaching positions from the Mid-American Conference. Beckman was at Toledo for three years from 2009-2011 before taking over the Illini this season. He had taken over the Toledo program following a dismal 3-9 season and then led it back to relevance and back-to-back bowl games in his second and third seasons -- finishing tied for first in the MAC in 2011 with a 7-1 record and an 8-4 overall mark.

Kill did almost the exact same thing at Northern Illinois, another MAC school, coaching three years and taking a last-place squad to a first-place finish before coming to the Gophers.

The two coaches have faced each other twice, with Beckman winning the first matchup 20-19 in 2009 in his first year at Toledo, and Kill winning the second matchup 65-30 in his final year at Northern Illinois in 2010.

This week Beckman spoke of his great respect for Kill, telling the Daily Illini: "[Kill] is a guy that fights every day of his life. His football program is run just like his life is. You know that what he does is the reason why the success at Minnesota has come this year."

Jottings

• Minnesota-born players recently made a big splash in college basketball news. Trevor Mbawke from St. Paul and the Gophers; Mike Muscala, a Roseville native playing at Bucknell, and Nate Wolters, a St. Cloud native playing at South Dakota State, were all named to the Lute Olson preseason All-America team, composed of 25 of the best players from around the country.

• The Wayzata football team and the Gophers suffered a blow when linebacker Chris Wipson, a Gophers commitment, tore his ACL against Champlin Park last week.

• Logan Nelson, a Rogers native who was a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in last summer's draft, is the second-leading scorer for the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League with three goals and 13 assists in 18 games.

• Former Gophers center Ralph Sampson III was drafted in the third round by the Reno Bighorns in the NBA's Developmental League draft last weekend. ... Former Gophers guard Al Nolen is playing for Sluneta Usti Nad Labem in the Czech Republic this season and is off to a great start. Through 10 games the point guard is averaging 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 steals in 29.1 minutes per game. ... Also overseas this season is former Gophers guard Lawrence Westbrook, who is playing with Kazrin/Galil in the Israel National League. Westbrook is averaging 19.3 points and 3.8 assists and is shooting 57.8 percent from the field through four games.

• In the most recent InterMat NCAA wrestling rankings, the Gophers were ranked third in the nation behind Penn State and Iowa. Heavyweight Tony Nelson was the lone Gopher ranked No. 1 in his weight class. The Gophers did have six other wrestlers ranked in the top 10 at their respective weights: redshirt sophomore Chris Dardanes, No. 6 at 133; redshirt sophomore Nick Dardanes, No. 7 at 141; redshirt sophomore Dylan Ness, No. 3 at 149; redshirt senior Cody Yohn, No. 10 at 165; sophomore Logan Storley, No. 6 at 174; and redshirt junior Kevin Steinhaus, No. 4 at 184.

• Twins prospect Logan Darnell is pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He started his first game for that squad Wednesday after making seven relief appearances. Darnell pitched four innings with five strikeouts, no walks and one hit. He lowered his ERA to 2.51 in the process.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta 6 FINAL
Detroit 4
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
Houston 6
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Miami 1
Baltimore 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
NY Yankees 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Chicago Cubs 6 FINAL
San Francisco 8
Los Angeles 6 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
San Diego 4 FINAL
Seattle 9
Cleveland 9 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
Milwaukee 2 FINAL
LA Angels 3
Oakland 2 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 2
Texas 4 FINAL
Kansas City 5
Colorado 3 FINAL
Arizona 4
NY Mets 4 FINAL
Washington 5
Boston 8 FINAL
Minnesota 9
Toronto 0 FINAL
Baltimore 5
Oklahoma City 105 FINAL
Chicago 108
Dallas 75 FINAL
Portland 94
Calgary 4 FINAL(SO)
Boston 3
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Philadelphia 3
Minnesota 2 FINAL
Washington 1
Toronto 2 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Dallas 4 FINAL(SO)
Florida 3
NY Islanders 4 FINAL
Nashville 3
Vancouver 2 FINAL(SO)
Arizona 3
Montreal 3 FINAL(SO)
Los Angeles 4
Morgan State 76 FINAL
MD-Eastern Shore 89
Niagara 54 FINAL
Siena 71
Holy Cross 83 FINAL
Bucknell 90
Western Ky 88 FINAL
Charlotte 84
Navy 62 FINAL
Colgate 72
Temple 70 FINAL
East Carolina 56
UAB 59 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 62
Boston Univ 64 FINAL
Lafayette 89
American Univ 68 FINAL
Lehigh 62
Wisconsin 76 FINAL
Minnesota 63
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Saint Peters 63
Arkansas 78 FINAL
South Carolina 74
Morehead State 76 FINAL
UT Martin 65
USC Upstate 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 62
Lipscomb 57 FINAL
North Florida 71
Southern Ill 55 FINAL
Missouri State 48
Texas State 64 FINAL
Appalachian St 67
SC State 62 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 72
Delaware State 104 FINAL
Coppin State 92
Middle Tennessee 54 FINAL
FIU 59
Texas-Arlington 64 FINAL
Ga Southern 76
Norfolk State 80 FINAL
Hampton 69
NC A&T 58 FINAL
NC Central 69
Savannah State 57 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Southern Miss 61 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 72
Marshall 50 FINAL
Old Dominion 67
Rice 76 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 74
South Alabama 81 FINAL
Arkansas State 76
Alabama State 78 FINAL
Grambling St 46
Alabama A&M 54 FINAL
Jackson State 72
Sam Houston St 67 FINAL
Lamar 61
Georgia State 58 FINAL
ULM 50
Central Arkansas 70 FINAL
Nicholls 77
Portland State 51 FINAL
Northern Ariz 58
Southern U 77 FINAL
Prairie View 73
Alcorn State 73 FINAL
Texas Southern 94
Houston Baptist 72 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 85
Ark-Little Rock 69 FINAL
Louisiana 75
SE Louisiana 79 FINAL
New Orleans 85
California 60 FINAL
Arizona 99
Memphis 54 FINAL
Connecticut 53
VA Commonwealth 55 FINAL
Davidson 82
Ark-Pine Bluff 0 Postponed
Miss Valley St 0
Sacramento St 65 FINAL
Southern Utah 69
Northwestern St 66 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 92
North Texas 60 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 83
Colorado 64 FINAL
Washington 47
Idaho 63 FINAL
Weber State 74
Abilene Christian 52 FINAL
Incarnate Word 64
Eastern Wash 85 FINAL
Idaho State 81
Marist 80 FINAL
Quinnipiac 74
Eastern Ill 64 FINAL
Belmont 97
Bradley 52 FINAL
Drake 50
Cal State Fullerton 62 FINAL
UC Irvine 68
CS-Northridge 58 FINAL
Long Beach State 69
UC Riverside 59 FINAL
UC Davis 61
Stanford 62 FINAL
Arizona State 67
Utah 67 FINAL
Washington St 59
Monmouth 68 FINAL
Canisius 56
Wake Forest 85 FINAL
(22) Syracuse 79
Saint Louis 65 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 58
Saint Peters 62 FINAL
Rider 54
UNC-Asheville 51 FINAL
Liberty 59
UNC Greensboro 44 FINAL
(17) Chattanooga 78
Michigan State 69 FINAL
Michigan 49
Arkansas 72 FINAL
Ole Miss 61
Manhattan 51 FINAL
Niagara 57
Massachusetts 63 FINAL
Richmond 67
Virginia 52 FINAL
Miami-Florida 62
Jacksonville St 45 FINAL
Belmont 55
Morgan State 65 FINAL
MD-Eastern Shore 50
Campbell 65 FINAL
Winthrop 52
Furman 65 FINAL
Samford 54
Oregon 64 FINAL
Washington St 66
Indiana 52 FINAL
(23) Rutgers 63
Pepperdine 67 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 68
Auburn 47 FINAL
(18) Texas A&M 57
Morehead St 66 FINAL
Tennessee St 81
George Mason 43 FINAL
Saint Josephs 71
Western Carolina 53 FINAL
East Tenn St 73
Arizona 62 FINAL
UCLA 80
FIU 30 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 79
Texas State 55 FINAL
Appalachian St 61
TX-Arlington 66 FINAL
Georgia Southern 41
SC State 57 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 56
Delaware State 51 FINAL
Coppin State 80
Portland 58 FINAL
Santa Clara 66
Norfolk State 49 FINAL
Hampton 64
Florida Atlantic 56 FINAL
UAB 59
NC A&T 67 FINAL
NC Central 46
Savannah State 72 FINAL
Florida A&M 51
Virginia Tech 51 FINAL
Pittsburgh 45
Central Arkansas 43 FINAL
Nicholls 53
Houston Baptist 48 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 73
Gardner-Webb 70 FINAL
Radford 56
Georgia 75 FINAL
Missouri 64
Old Dominion 67 FINAL
Marshall 55
Ark-Little Rock 68 FINAL
Louisiana 66
South Alabama 60 FINAL
Arkansas State 70
Georgia State 66 FINAL
ULM 61
Sam Houston St 73 FINAL
Lamar 92
SE Louisiana 75 FINAL
New Orleans 84
Northwestern St 45 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 56
Alabama A&M 58 FINAL
Jackson State 66
Alabama State 68 FINAL
Grambling 62
Southern U 78 FINAL
Prairie View 50
Alcorn State 55 FINAL
Texas Southern 73
Ark-Pine Bluff 0 Postponed
Miss Valley St 0
Wofford 54 FINAL
Mercer 75
Abilene Christian 72 FINAL
Incarnate Word 62
La Salle 60 FINAL
Rhode Island 65
Illinois 71 FINAL
Nebraska 86
TX-San Antonio 60 FINAL
Rice 49
Valparaiso 55 FINAL
Oakland 70
Missouri State 65 FINAL
Indiana State 56
Georgia Tech 64 FINAL
(15) North Carolina 84
Charlotte 72 FINAL
Western Ky 80
Texas-El Paso 69 FINAL
North Texas 61
Wichita State 77 FINAL
Evansville 63
Loyola-Chicago 64 FINAL
Northern Iowa 69
Bradley 70 FINAL
Drake 86
Presbyterian 62 FINAL
High Point 75
Vanderbilt 61 FINAL
(12) Kentucky 67
Colorado 75 FINAL
USC 63
San Francisco 74 FINAL
Pacific 64
Idaho State 58 FINAL
Eastern Washington 62
Weber State 42 FINAL
Idaho 71
Purdue 78 FINAL
Minnesota 82
Cal-Irvine 54 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 66
Long Beach St 60 FINAL
CS-Northridge 77
Hawaii 60 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 36
UC Davis 56 FINAL
UC-Riverside 61
Northern Ariz 79 FINAL
Portland State 62
Southern Utah 73 FINAL
Sacramento St 107
Utah 64 FINAL
Washington 75
BYU 65 FINAL
St Marys-CA 64
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close