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Continued: Hartman: Vikings in need of stability at coach

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 5, 2014 - 12:01 AM

Jones spoke with before the Under Armour All-America game about why he committed to Minnesota.

Jerry Kill is a very genuine guy and everywhere he goes with that staff, they win games,” Jones told the website. “You can see from his first year [at Minnesota] to now that they’ve won games and progressed every year. I see that the program is on the rise.”

Jones was asked what percentage he is committed to the Gophers. “I wouldn’t say a percentage,” he said. “I just know that Minnesota is a great school for me and they run the ball and coach Kill wants me there, but I‘m just taking my [official visits] to make sure that I’m not missing out on any opportunities to help my future.”

There was another future Gophers player in the Under Armour game, center Connor Mayes out of Van Alstyne, Texas. Mayes, the brother of Gophers offensive lineman Alex Mayes, is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the nation and won the Lineman Obstacles Challenge before the game.

Meanwhile, on the basketball front, former Prior Lake standout Carson Shanks left Utah State and the word is that he might be coming to the Gophers next season as a transfer. Shanks is a 7-foot, 220-pound center and would have four years of eligibility.

Sid’s Jottings

• Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Love led the NBA in scoring in December at 30.0 points per game and ranked third in rebounding (13.7) behind two centers, the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (14) and Houston’s Dwight Howard (13.8). It’s the second time Love has averaged at least 30 points per game in a calendar month (30.7 in March 2012). Wolves center Nikola Pekovic finished 13th in scoring during the month with an average of 20.7 ppg.

• Fred Hoiberg’s 13th-ranked Iowa State men’s basketball team beat Texas Tech, coached by former Gophers coach Tubby Smith 73-62, on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. Hoiberg’s Cyclones are 13-0, and their 13-game winning streak has tied a school record. Meanwhile, Smith is doing a good job at Texas Tech with an 8-6 record, considering the fact he was hired in April to take over a team that went 11-20 last season. All six of the Red Raiders’ losses are to major conference teams.

• It has been a great bowl season for college coaches who have previously spent time here. Tim Brewster, the former Gophers head coach, is tight ends coach for the Florida State team that will play Auburn for the national championship on Monday. Kevin Sumlin, the head coach at Texas A&M, and Mark Snyder, his defensive coordinator, are former Gophers assistants. The Aggies rallied from 21 down at halftime to beat Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday. George O'Leary, who was Vikings defensive coordinator under Mike Tice, for one year, coached Central Florida to a big 52-42 upset of Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Former Gophers player Tony Levine coached Houston to the BBVA Compass Bowl, where the Cougars lost to Vanderbilt 41-24 on Saturday.

• Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague has put together two groups of Gophers fans to help raise money and do other things to aid the athletic department in its fundraising efforts. Lou Nanne is leading a 12-person effort in fundraising for Teague’s $190 million facilities upgrade plan, and there is another group of 44 also active in helping Teague.

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Houston 7:30 PM
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 6:00 PM
New Orleans 6:00 PM
Milwaukee 6:30 PM
New York
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Charlotte 6:30 PM
Sacramento 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Memphis 7:30 PM
Tampa Bay 8:30 PM
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19
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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 Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




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