The value of my enormous stockpile of Lucia memes and hair jokes has just plummeted out of sight.
At 8:25 ET Saturday night the Gophers were better than 90% to make the tournament. Then everything that could go wrong went wrong and less than 72 hours later the coach is out.
Existence advances towards one at an extreme velocity.
I thought this was a troll thread at first. Wow. And I thought there were expectations when we canned our coach last year...
Well, everyone who likes their coach is going to be very nervous for the next month or so.
"I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. ."
"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here. "
"They could maybe hire another officer to catch the illegal immigrant drug dealers breast feeding at Dunkin' Donuts or whatever it is! Thank you!"
Anybody east of say Ohio isn't going to even be looked at in the college game. Hockey is too regional, especially when it comes to recruiting. Minnesota is going to pick someone with either U of M or state of Minnesota connections is my guess. Too important to connect to the alumni/boosters and the local hockey coaches.
Guys like Berry, Montgomery, Granato or Pearson aren't going anywhere. Minnesota is not going to take guys like Blasi.
If I were a Duluth, Mankato, SCSU or NMU fan, I'd be worried to varying degrees. Otherwise it's most likely going to be a current assistant or someone like Darby Hendrickson, Todd Richards, Rob Stauber or someone like that.
That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.
He had a good run and his legacy is secure, but 19 years is a very long time for a coach to be in charge of a team. I believe that it was time for a change, just as it was for Michigan when Berenson finally stepped down.
National championships won by Big Ten schools : 23 (Michigan 9, Wisconsin 6, Minnesota 5, Michigan State 3, Ohio State 0, Penn State 0, Notre Dame 0)
National championships won by NCHC schools : 20 (North Dakota 8, Denver 8, Colorado College 2, MN-Duluth 2, St. Cloud State 0, Miami 0, NE-Omaha 0, Western Michigan 0)
23 > 20
Nope. Nice to hear, not as true as weíd like to think.
5% some other western school not named North Dakota, Denver, Wisconsin, or Michigan
2.5% some eastern school not named BC, BU
1% Brad Frost
1% AHL or fired NHL/AHL coach
0.5% the field
Odds makers would never put Potulny at 0%.
You'd be much stronger in the handshake line.
Have to wonder if Potulny is thinking "what if" right now.
Believe it. Earn it. Raise it.
Believe it. Earn it. Raise it.
For a program like Minnesota it's probably better for Potulny to get HC experience elsewhere before stepping into such a high profile job. That being said the timing doesn't always work out perfectly with these things. If Mark Coyle thinks Potulny is a rising star, he'd be foolish not to give him a serious look right now.
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