6.1.17

THEY SAID IT WASN'T ABOUT THE AXE. IT WAS ABOUT THE AXE.

Watchdog suggests that Minnesota's recent defenestration of another football coach was an administrative failure.
The University of Minnesota has sent a strong message that standing up for due process rights and defending the politically incorrect will not be tolerated.

Minnesota’s Athletic Director Mark Coyle fired head football coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday, in the wake of Claeys standing up for members of the football team who briefly boycotted practice in response to accusations of sexual assault against 10 players.
Let's stipulate that no director of athletics is going to admit to caving to the Perpetually Aggrieved.  And, in this case, it appears that he is not.
“I determined that the football program must move in a new direction to address challenges in recruiting, ticket sales and the culture of the program,” Coyle said. “We need strong leadership to take Gopher football to the next level and address these challenges.”

Coyle’s assessment of other team problems seems misplaced.

The 2016 team enjoyed Minnesota’s best season since 2003 (Claeys was in his second season as head coach), finishing 9-4. They upset the favored Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl after the boycott ended.

On the downside, while the team posted a winning record in Big Ten play (5-4), the Gophers also had the lowest-ranked recruiting class in the conference.
Yes, but 2003 is before the protracted stay of the Axe in Madison began.  You know how it is ... the Green Bay Packers could finish the regular season 14-2, but if those two losses are to the Bears ...

Minnesota, meanwhile, has reached back to the Mid-American and to Northern Illinois, bringing in Western Michigan coach P. J. Fleck, whose Western Michigan team just got back from the New Year's Round of Six and a ...

wait for it ...

Cotton Bowl loss to Wisconsin.

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