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Minnesota Football: Some Saturday morning thoughts

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I'm not a fan of waking up on Saturday mornings and not having any college football to look forward to for the day, but at least on this Saturday morning we've got some things to talk about.

New Jerseys

The new uni's were unveiled yesterday and the collective response seems to be a bit of a sigh of relief. There was some concern that things were going to be over the top with this unveiling, but Nike stuck with maroon, gold and white, and a pretty classic look.

Personally, I'm a big fan of more classic looking jerseys, and these jerseys are right up my alley. I'm a big fan of the all-maroon and the all-white looks and I am ecstatic with the fact that there doesn't seem to be an all-gold look. I actually don't care for the gold jerseys at all, but like the gold pants, maroon tops look.

Okay, enough fashion talk... okay, one more. Very cool how the bricks were incorporated into the numbers.

Coaching Staff

That silence you hear? That would be the coaching staff NOT experiencing turnover.

Recruiting

There's a difference between recruiting in Brewster's days vs recruiting these days. Kill's staff is putting on plenty of miles, but the difference seems to be that they aren't trying to be flashy about it, and they are working to land the right kind of players instead of the right names. Heard any reports of Kill taking a helicopter to Hopkins to see Andre McDonald play?

Speaking of McDonald, while I'm sure that Coach Kill would be happy to have McDonald join the program, I bet he's no fan of the games that the Hopkins WR has been playing during his recruiting. His antics are, of course, nowhere near what we saw with the Seantrel Henderson saga, but the commit/de-commit game and all the talk of where he'll be going is nothing but a distraction away from what kind of a player he is.

One thing is for sure, if McDonald does choose to stay home and play for the Gophers, he's not going to get any special treatment from the Coach.

Lastly, even without McDonald, Kill has landed 6 of the top 10 (according to Rivals) players in the state.

Attrition

It's early in the off-season (sigh) and we haven't heard much about players leaving the program yet. We did learn, however, that Wisconsin native Tom Parish has decided to leave the U of M. Parish was a big "get" in the 2010 class as he was the 2nd rated prospect in Wisconsin that year, and a highly rated dual-threat QB across the nation. But Parish slipped down the depth chart when Max Shortell impressed everyone through camps last year.

Here's hoping Parish lands someplace where his talents are well-used!