Thursday, February 4, 2010

Breaking News: 2010 Gopher Football Recruiting Class Mediocre. Again.

Montana State Bobcats v Minnesota Golden Gophers ranks the Gophers as #50 in the nation with the latest recruiting class. That puts us at 5th overall in terms of ranking for the Big Ten.

I guess the good news is that we're better than average. Slightly. But this is just another indication that Gopher football will continue its mediocrity for another couple of years, and likely in perpetuity.

The bottom line is that it is impossible to recruit to Minnesota for a number of reasons:

  • We don't cheat (booster support of cars or payments, academic looks of the other way, etc.) and when we do, we always get caught.
  • Our weather flat stinks. How do you convince a top prospect from Florida or Texas that playing outside in 30 degree temperatures and living six months in a frozen wasteland is good?
  • Gopher football means nothing here, unlike "only show in town" venues like Iowa, Nebraska, or Oregon. Coming here does not make you BMOC with all the requisite benefits. You're just another in a long line of losing football players.

All of the above is endemic and permanent. We can't change any of it. And that means we'll forever be resigned to be challenging for the Motor City Bowl.

Go Gophers...

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