JOTTINGS

• WCHA Men’s Commissioner Bill Robertson reports that the conference is looking to add three teams for the 2021-22 season, including St. Thomas. The conference is dealing with the planned departure of Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State Mankato and Northern Michigan. The conference is also looking at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Arizona State and Long Island University.

 

• Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak on his impressions of second-year tight end Irv Smith Jr.: “Very impressed. That was a great pick by [General Manager] Rick Spielman. Irv was a young player coming out, very young, and the biggest thing for me is I just see so much upside watching Irv come into camp. We asked him to do a lot. I made him learn the F-position, hammers position, as well as high tight-end position. You watched throughout the course of the season, we called on Irv more and more. I think there’s a big, big upside here.”

 

• One player to keep an eye on as MLB prepares to start upa again is former Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, who signed a minor league deal with the Padres. With a shortened season, it may give a veteran like Dozier a much better chance of making the big-league club.

 

• The Twins’ free-agent list in 2021: catcher Alex Avila, utility players Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and pitchers Jake Odorizzi, Homer Bailey, Rich Hill, Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Clippard and Trevor May.

 

• Coach Richard Pitino and the Gophers have offered a scholarship to guard Skyy Clark, one of the top college basketball prospects in the country for the Class of 2022. Clark’s father is Kenny Clark, a wide receiver with the Vikings from 2002 to’04, appearing in one game..