Oh How Deep The Gopher Hole Goes
A pretty recent picture of Tom Curley.
Maybe we knew there wasn’t a 4 game win streak in our future, but no one expected the Gophers to thump Penn State like they did. At first glance it appeared to be the result of a complete lack of passion and drive from the Lions, and while there is no doubt that Penn State didn’t bring the energy needed to beat Minnesota, the Gophers looked to be a team peaking at the right moment. This wasn’t completely apparent at the time, but after a throttling of Purdue, it was obvious that the Gophers were playing on a different level than they had the past two meetings.
Since this post is late, we’re going to skip the recap. For the most part the box score tells the tail. Minnesota shot as well as you’re ever going to see, and Penn State played poorly on both ends of the floor. Talor Battle’s newly twisted ankle didn’t help matters any, but Penn State wasn’t going to win without production from other players. As you might imagine, this didn’t happen. While they did have 4 starters in double digits they never made the run to try and get back into the game. Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t hurt to play defense.
So where do we go from here? Within 24 hours of the loss Tim Curley confirmed what most fans had assumed, Ed DeChellis will be back for at least one more year. This shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise, and while no one enjoyed the whooping the Gophers put on Penn State, it really didn’t change things that much. It just made it more annoying to hear.
In all likelihood Ed will remain the head coach for two more seasons. Penn State has already shown that it hangs onto coaches despite their immediate results, and with Ed’s rather large buyout it works in the universities favor to keep him on board. They don’t have to buy out his contract, and he gets to see recruits like Trey Burke and Peter Alexis into the program. By all accounts both Burke and Alexis are rising recruits with a lot of upside, losing Ed could jeopardize their commitments. The university knows that, and they’ll be looking for any reason not to buyout his contract and go job hunting.
Sorry for the delay between posts. I’ll be more regular now that the conference tournaments are over, I’ve got some neat ideas to throw around as well as football to cover so stay tuned.