As for first baseman Morneau, he is hitting .268 through his first 14 games after going 0-for-4 Saturday. In 2006, when he won the MVP, he got off to a slow start, hitting only .255 with a .293 on-base percentage and .491 slugging percentage through 14 games.
• While the University of Wisconsin administration doesn’t charge the athletic department on scholarships given to athletes, the University of Minnesota is charged $23,132 for every scholarship given to athletes. So the school pays in excess of $9.3 million for scholarships. The fact that the Badgers can use scholarship money for other things is one reason that they have mostly dominated the Gophers in revenue sports for years.
• Steve Goodson, who had been with Tubby Smith on the Gophers men’s basketball staff for six years, turned down the first offer to stay by new coach Richard Pitino and was on his way to Texas Tech to work with Smith. Then when Mike Balado, who had been with Pitino at Florida International, resigned days after joining the Gophers staff, it opened a better job for Goodson as director of basketball operations, and he decided to stay.
• Look for the Big Ten to have an announcement in the near future that starting in the next couple of years all teams will play nine conference football games.
• Gophers men’s and women’s athletes are doing well in the classroom with a 3.18 grade-point average.
• Dick Lurie, who was one of the first agents to exist in this area and represented former AL MVP Rod Carew of the Twins and NFL MVP Alan Page of the Vikings, died recently.
• Former Bloomington
Jefferson standout Cole Aldrich averaged only 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds this season, finishing with the Sacramento Kings. But the 2010 first-round pick, traded from Oklahoma City to Houston in October and traded again to Sacramento in February, scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds in a loss to the Rockets last Sunday, and one night later he had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Thunder — the first double-doubles of his NBA career.