We are the offseason champions of the world! Again. Minnesota teams may not perform well during their respective seasons. In fact, the Twin Cities has acquired a rather gloomy sports reputation. That’s because people don’t understand. It’s when play stops that the entertainment begins around here. And this has been a particularly fantastic off-season.
MINNEAPOLIS — ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper called Kentrell Brothers a “total steal” in last month’s NFL draft, and the 22-year-old middle linebacker agrees. Brothers, projected by some to go as early as the second round, fell to the Vikings in the fifth.
The University of Minnesota has finally hired an athletics director, but we’re not done with Norwood Teague quite yet. The first order of business for Mark Coyle will be to hold his nose and trigger a buyout on Richard Pitino’s contract that currently sits at $5.7 million. Gophers fans can thank Teague for that parting gift.
By Marcus R. Fuller St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Coyle’s introduction as the University of Minnesota’s new athletics director came with tears Wednesday. Not because of what he has in front of him, which will be as exciting as challenging for him. Coyle, who was Syracuse’s AD for only 11 months, got choked up — almost immediately — about an experience he had when Goldy Gopher, the Minnesota athletics program’s mascot, came to his then-3-year-old daughter Gracie’s birthday party while he worked for the U more than a decade ago.
Never went to law school or learned to speak football Latin but I know how to furrow my brow, take notes and avoid eye contact, which allowed me to pass Mike Zimmer’s film class Wednesday at Winter Park. With a wad of dip in his cheek and a twinkle in his eye, the Vikings’ old ball coach was in his glory, breaking down Minnesota’s defense in machine-gun cadence and calling on glassy-eyed media grunts to identify formations.
ST. PAUL — Two and a half weeks after the conclusion of an underwhelming, disappointing season, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher proudly introduced Bruce Boudreau as the team’s new head coach on Tuesday, the most optimistic day of an offseason still in its infancy. It was an easy decision for Fletcher, whose team struggled to make the playoffs and didn’t last long once they got there. Boudreau, whose .659 winning percentage leads all active NHL coaches, was widely viewed as the best bench boss available.
ST. PAUL — Bruce Boudreau has agreed to terms to become the Minnesota Wild’s fourth full-time head coach. Boudreau, 61, was widely seen as the top NHL coach available before reaching a deal Saturday night with the Wild, choosing Minnesota over the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames. He will be formally introduced Tuesday in St. Paul.
MINNEAPOLIS — As far as Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, Moritz Boehringer’s time in the limelight is over. The German wide receiver was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft last Saturday by Minnesota. Since then, he has been getting plenty of publicity for being the first foreign player taken in the draft who didn’t play at a North American college.
By Marino Eccher and Elizabeth Mohr St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Tim Leslie still remembers the house on Victoria and Selby where he’d regularly respond to calls as...
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson hasn’t run the ball in a preseason game since 2011. He would like to change that this summer. The Vikings have been careful not to risk their star running back getting hurt in exhibition play since he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2011. Peterson, though, believes the time might be right for some game action in August.