Glasscock stays at U
Billy Glasscock, the director of recruiting operations at the University of Minnesota, has turned down a similar position at North Carolina State and will stay with Jerry Kill and the Gophers football program despite the fact that he was offered a raise in salary.
Glasscock, in his second season here with Kill, overseas all official visits of recruits and handles all aspects of Gophers football recruiting.
Before coming to Minnesota, Glasscock — the father of recently born twin daughters — worked at Northern Illinois under Kill for two years as an recruiting operation assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Vikings trade for now
Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com gave the Patriots an overall grade of C-plus for their draft, writing, “I don’t see a starter out of this draft in the short-term, but they added players with some really good traits. It’s just a matter of development now.”
He gave the Vikings a grade of B and wrote, “They got starters, but they needed to add impact in this draft considering they dealt [Percy] Harvin and had a few pretty big needs.”
The Patriots received four draft picks to give the Vikings the 29th overall pick, with which they selected Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The Patriots used the Vikings’ second-round pick [No. 52 overall] to select Jamie Collins, an outside linebacker/defensive end from Southern Miss.
They selected Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan with the Vikings’ third-round pick [No. 83 overall]. In the fourth round they took TCU receiver Josh Bryce with the 102nd overall pick. They packaged their last pick from the Vikings, the 229th overall, with running back Jeff Demps to trade for Tampa Bay running back LaGarrette Blount.
• Kill was the best man at the wedding of Gary Patterson, head coach of the TCU football team that will play the Gophers in 2014 and 2015. Patterson was offered the Gophers job and turned it down before Kill took the position; Patterson later changed his mind and decided to accept it, but it was not available.
Kill and Patterson never have been on the same staff, but Patterson was linebackers coach at Pittsburg (Kan.) State in 1988 after Kill had been defensive coordinator there from 1985-87.
• Neither Kill nor any of the Gophers coaches will talk about it, but the word is that wide receiver A.J. Barker, who quit the football squad last year after having differences with the program, wanted to come back to the team, but that apparently isn’t going to happen.
• Talk about the Timberwolves having a lot of injuries: The Gophers had 17 players undergo surgery by Dr. Pat Smith from the 2012 season through 2013 spring football practice.
• Eric Musselman, who was a candidate for the Gophers basketball coaching job, has been associate head coach at Arizona State, where Herb Sendek is head coach, since August of 2012.
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