July 16, 2007

Gopher Nation quick hitters

File under the NOT Good News folder - Dom Jones arrested this afternoon on probably cause of criminal sexual conduct. Dom Jones' name was not connected with the original charges so this is a curious turn of events. I generally hesitate to comment on off the field issues such as this. I enjoy the gopher football program for what they do on Saturday afternoons. I find it unfortunate that high profile athletes often are not held to the same standards that the rest of the general population his held to. That is frustrating but it is what we've come to expect. As far as the impact this will have on the gopher defense? Well Jones is a 2-year starter, excellent kick returner and someone this defense was counting on to improve on last year's team.

Basketball Ast. Coach Vince Taylor is interviewed on gophersports.com - "Our main goal is to be better than we were last year and to make an imprint in the Big Ten. Our goal is to win the Big Ten this year. I think it is very possible." Decent interview, coach Taylor talks about how hard the guys are working this offseason. I believe this class has talent and they are capable of winning, we'll see come November.

Nate Hanson, 3B for the Gopher Baseball team earned MVP honors of the Northwoods League All-Star Game. Nate hit a 2-run single to give his team a 3-1 lead which was enough to hold off the South team as the North won 3-2.

Former Gopher QB Mike Hohensee has had a LONG career in the AFL. As a Gopher Hohensee was the U's athlete of the year in 1981 and '82. He participated in the first AFL game 20 years ago and is currently the head coach of the Chicago Rush (defending AFL Champs).

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