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Bad Things Happen in Threes, Three Times Over

The bad news keeps rolling in for the University of Minnesota football and basketball programs. The cascade of unexpected misfortunes has yet to be answered with a single unexpected occurrence of good fortune. We're in the football and basketball off-season, so many fans may not be keeping up with everything happening in both programs. The hits just keep coming:

  1. Jurors ruled yesterday that the University is obliged to pay Jimmy Williams nearly $1.25 million in an employment lawsuit which claimed that he was falsely promised a job by Tubby Smith. Fans can only hope that this incident is now in the past and doesn't influence Tubby to look elsewhere.
  2. Apparently two Junior College football defensive backs from the 2010 class, Herschel Thornton and Dwight Tillman, are ineligible to play for Division 1 teams and have been sent home. The football program desperately needed these two in the defensive backfield.
  3. Football recruiting coordinator Dan Berezowitz has been suspended for two weeks due to a self-reported recruiting violation involving Seantrel Henderson.
  4. There are rumors that indefinitely suspended power forward Trevor Mbakwe may look to transfer. The basketball program would sorely miss him on the court.
  5. There have also been rumors that blue chip basketball recruit Royce White, who sat out the 2009-2010 season, may also be looking to enroll elsewhere.
  6. Point guard Justin Cobbs is transferring to California.
  7. Point guard Al Nolen was ruled academically ineligible, while 5 star point guard recruit Corey Joseph, brother of current Gopher Devoe Joseph, committed to play for Texas alongside another great point guard.
  8. Starting safety Kim Royston broke his leg in Spring practice. He may be back for the regular season, but can he return at 100%? Based upon what I've seen of Royston, he's a fighter who will have as good a chance of any at a full recovery by the start of the season. But still, this was a bad break for the team.
  9. Kyle Theret, Sam Maresh, and Gary Tinsley have all been involved with alcohol-related incidents this Spring. All three are reportedly still on the team, but their leashes must be fairly short.

So here's the question that I pose for you. Be it by karma, justice, Yin-Yang, or the law of averages...what would it take to balance out all of these misfortunes?