End of one season, time to look forward to the next!
March 31, 2012 — 12:45pm
Will Mbakwe be in uniform next year?
One season is done, and I am enjoying some wonderful time down in Florida -- finally taking a breath!
I wanted to thank everyone for reading the blog on my first beat season and leave you with a few things:
My final game story of the season was not a pretty one, but was meaningful in that it emphasized both how far the Gophers have come and how much work they have left to do. It was an interesting way to leave the season because I think the Gophers have plenty to be hopeful and excited about ... but the bitter finish ensures they don't rest easy over the summer. It provides real, tangible motivation for the offseason, and that's never a bad thing.
My wrap-up of the season looks at the things that defined this year (losing Trevor Mbakwe, blowing leads, "heart" at the end), things to be excited about for next year, and several big questions that are still lingering.
I'm taking a little break now, but I'll still be blogging every now and then as news arises. There are still many things left to be figured out this offseason. Will Mbakwe be back? Will Smith get an extension? Who will come in as AD? Will any players transfer? Will the coaching staff remain in tact (there have been interview rumors about Ron Jirsa)? What are the new recruits up to and who are the Gophers looking at for the future?
I'll be around to periodically look at those questions and post news. Thanks again guys!
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
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