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Continued: Sid Hartman: Turner liked what he saw from Gray with Browns

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 4, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill was asked this week about facing the Gophers and a Big Ten opponent.

“I think we’re competitive against everybody,” said Stockstill, whose Blue Raiders opened the season with a 61-7 victory over FCS team Savannah State. “Sure, we’ve had some mismatches against some schools that we’ve played. I don’t look at it as competitive against the Big Ten or the ACC. We’ve had chances to win some games against the Big Ten, SEC and ACC. We’ve beaten them sometimes and we haven’t the others. We are getting better as a program. We are getting better as a team. We are not in awe. We are not going to be in awe in going up there to Minnesota. We’ll approach it just like we do any game.”

The Gophers played their opener at Middle Tennessee State in 2010, winning 24-17 in what was the final victory for coach Tim Brewster before he was fired when a six-game losing streak followed.

Jottings

• One reason the Gophers had one of their biggest student turnouts for their opener last Thursday was that coach Jerry Kill spoke to freshmen the day before, encouraging them to come to the game free of charge with hope they would buy season tickets.

• Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who signed a three-year contract for $24 million, can earn up to an additional $1 million for innings pitched. He already has earned a $250,000 bonus for pitching 180 innings, gets another $250,000 for pitching 195 innings and gets $500,000 for reaching 210. Hughes has never pitched more than 200 innings in a season. At 15-9, he still has a chance to become the Twins’ first 20-game winner since Johan Santana in 2004. Asked about Hughes’ success after struggling in New York, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said: “Well, he did win with the Yankees. He had one bad year out there [in 2013], but he actually put together a really good year the year before that. It just comes back to he’s back to the basics now.”

• Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio isn’t being asked to shoot much for Spain at the FIBA World Cup, but he is playing great all-around basketball. He is averaging 5.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 points per game through four games with Spain, which is 4-0 in the tournament and looks like the lone challenger to the United States squad.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. • shartman@startribune.com

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