We here at TDG have covered the Gopher Softball team extensively over the last few weeks. Unfortunately their record breaking season came to a close Sunday. While a few Gopher Sports are still finishing up their fall season—Looking at you Gopher Baseball (GopherNation hopefully will have a Big Ten Tournament Preview up in a day or two)- there is lots of news coming out regarding the big two teams at Minnesota.
Both Richard Pitino and PJ Fleck are on Leg 1 of the Gopher Roadtrip that GoAUpher previewed here. The coaches first held a rally outside of TCF Bank Stadium before heading down Highway 61 to Winona for a luncheon. Both Fleck and Pitino spoke to the crowd there and said a few things of interest to Gopher fans.
This one goes down in the well—yeah of course file. But Pitino does think he may have the team to do it in the next few seasons. Gopher fans sure hope so.
This is a much more interesting statement from Pitino. Could this mean the Gophers finally get a visit from a top ACC team rather than the Florida State’s and Clemson’s of the world? It sounds like we do know one of the major pieces of the Gophers non-conference schedule when word came out Saturday that:
Providence will host Minnesota in the 2017 Gavitt Games, per a source. #pcbb— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 20, 2017
Richard Pitino will return to his alma matter where he graduated with a history degree in 2005 and was the manager of the Providence Friars team. Providence finished the season 20-13 last year and lost in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament to USC.
To the football side where it appears PJ Fleck and his coaching/administrative staff have kept up the good work that Jerry Kill started for Minnesota :
When not out doing fan relations, PJ Fleck and his staff have been hard at work recruiting new Gopher Football players. He told the crowd in Winona a few things about that:
Its possible a couple of those early enrollees may be from the state of Illinois where apparently Lovie Smith has just decided to abandon his teams home recruiting turf:
That’s a lot of schools with Big Ten West rivals Northwestern and Minnesota getting in early to get quality players from the State of Illinois. There definitely is one school that appears to be missing from that list. You keep thinking you hit the jackpot with that Lovie Smith hire Illini fans....
If you pay attention to Gopher recruiting at all, you know one of the players PJ Fleck wants in the worst way possible to anchor his 2019 Class would be Edina offensive lineman Quinn Carroll. His dad Jay Carroll was a tight end for the Gophers in the 1980s. He has visited campus several times as a sophomore and seems to have a really good relationship with Fleck. He has offers from just about every helmet school in the country including Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, and USC. He will be a five-star recruit once his class is officially ranked. Needless to say, he is attracting a lot of attention, and it appears Monday will be a busy day for him at school.
That last tweet by Quinn’s brother asks a good question. Just who is Matt Simon in that epic Anchorman battle royale? I mean...do you want him to be Brick throwing the trident? Brick has a few other issues that probably aren’t the best in one of your main recruiters? Limegrover has to be the Tim Robbins character right? What assistant would be most likely to wear Sex Panther? So many questions...so little time. Go ahead and answer in the comments if you have an opinion.
Just one last reminder to check your work before tweeting out something. Counting is hard.
101 is not 100 guys....