Friday, April 13, 2007

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Further Bumps on the Road to (Football) Greatness

Mr. Bonzo hates to kick our boys while they are down... But he would feel negligent after posting earlier on this topic if he did not post the start of an article from today’s Daily.

April 12, 2007

U football program battles bad image

Recent allegations of a rape and a new recruit's suspension soured the new coach's arrival

By Mark Remme

Just one week ago, optimistic talk surrounded the Minnesota football team.

After all, first-year coach Tim Brewster's motivational tactics, such as bringing in former Gophers standouts and clumps of sod from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, made team members comment about a new attitude and swagger surrounding the program.

But the encouraging signs soon gave way to controversy.

After three players were arrested on Friday in relation to an alleged sexual assault, and news broke that 2006 recruit Robert McField pleaded guilty to two reduced counts of second-degree robbery and one count of armed criminal action, a less flattering image is surrounding the new-look Gophers.