The reports out of Gopherville in the last month or two include several of the Les Steckel variety. The football players are in basic training and there is no questioning who the general is.
The head coach better be careful. This isn’t the ’60s with Buck Nystrom (former NDSU assistant) halfway down your spine. We’re in a different era — one where kids don’t always subscribe to the tough-love-24/7 theory. Nineteen straight days of practice is a lot.
Maybe it’s the way for the coach to compensate for a lack of Big Ten talent at this young point in his regime. Steckel was famous for his boot-camp ways when he took over the Minnesota Vikings. It didn’t work.
This is Tim Brewster’s first head coaching job. Until he gets a year or two under his belt, Gopher fans can only assume he knows what he’s doing.