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  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 19, 2013 - 12:19 AM

Gophers get attention

“The great thing about it right now is that’s a great topic,” said Gophers football coach Jerry Kill about his team’s 8-4 record and the program’s success in recruiting. Yes, what a difference even from last year, when the Gophers were 6-6 in the regular season, and from 2011, when they were 3-9.

Kill also said the continued interest in where he will coach from — on the field, in the press box or elsewhere — is something he also welcomes.

“I think it has made national news [and] let the Gophers get a lot of publicity,” he said. “I think whatever we need to do to keep the Gophers on the front page of everything. Maybe I [could] coach on top of the Jumbotron. There’s a reason for everything, and we’ll just play things out like it is.

“The most important thing is, and I told our kids: We need to go find a way, we need to win nine games for this senior group and we need to go win a bowl game. That’s our mission right now, and that’s how our kids are practicing.”

Jottings

• Jack Morris had a lot of fans as a member of the Twins broadcast crew, and he worked for Toronto last year. Now there is a question of whether the Twins’ 1991 World Series hero will be hired to replace Ron Coomer, who is joining the Cubs broadcast crew.

• The Bengals will face the Vikings on Sunday without No. 1 punter Kevin Huber, who was put on injured reserve after a vicious hit broke his jaw in the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers last Sunday. Replacing Huber will be Shawn Powell, who was recently released by the Bills.

• The Gophers wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in the country behind Penn State. Gophers ranked No. 1 as individuals are junior Nick Dardanes at 149 pounds, junior Scott Schiller at 197 and senior Tony Nelson at heavyweight.

• Tre Jones, the eighth-grade brother of star point guard and Duke recruit Tyus Jones, also played in the nationally televised game in Apple Valley last week between the Eagles and Chicago’s Whitney Young High. The word from Apple Valley coaches is that Tre has as promising a basketball future as his brother.

• Micah Coffey, an all-around athlete from Batavia (Ill.) High School, committed to a Gophers scholarship for baseball even though he led Batavia (12-1) to the Illinois Class 6A football championship. He completed 151 of 241 passes (63 percent) for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for six TDs this season.

• For the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, Minnetonka native and Minnesota State Mankato recruit Max Coatta is third on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 17 assists in 35 games. Chanhassen native Jack Ramsey, a Gophers recruit at forward, has six goals and eight assists in 34 games. … Defenseman Tommy Vannelli, who left the Gophers hockey program earlier this season, has 10 goals and 17 assists in 32 games for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, which puts him eighth in the league in rookie scoring. … Edina native Anders Lee is the second-leading scorer for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, an Islanders affiliate, with 10 goals and 11 assists in 27 games.

 

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

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