Alexia Smith entering the portal ?

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I hope this is a April fools joke ......and now there are 3 left.
 

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fwiw ive heard she hasnt been with the program for a little while because of some family issues. could see her transferring somewhere close to home.
 

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It's in the StarTribune. I thought it was an April Fools joke at first. This is worse than the 2006 exodus.
 

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Everyone remaining gets a personal trainer and a personal coach...and soon, their own half court. Or, maybe, Katie has everything to herself.
 

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Just hours before the first semifinal of the NCAA women's Final Four tipped off Friday another Gophers women's basketball player — this time guard Alexia Smith — entered the NCAA's transfer portal.

She is the seventh Gophers player to enter the portal since the season ended. The others: Guards Sara Scalia, Jasmine Powell and Caroline Strande, and forwards Kadi Sissoko, Klarke Sconiers and Erin Hedman.
 


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Saw this on another basketball forum. Whatever reason, I wish Alexia the best on her future plans. That transfer portal has to be pushing 1,000 players by now. Should be some players in there that want to come to Minnesota.

I always notice how when a player enters the transfer portal, some programs erase those players from their websites. Minnesota, loyalty maybe, has not removed a few players from their website. Good move, Golden Gophers.
 
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It's pretty clear by now that no one wants to play for Whalen.

let's amend that. This group of players did not want to play for Whalen.

That does not necessarily mean that nobody wants to play for Whalen. She does have a highly-regarded recruiting class coming in, and those players have to be aware of what has been going on at MN.

hey, I agree it's not a good look for the program.

But Coyle hired a HC for a P5 program who had never coached at any level before - not even as an assistant coach or an AAU coach. Whalen is learning on the job - and so far, it has not been pretty.
So this is on Coyle as much as it is on Whalen.
Coyle hired a name. at this point, we still don't know if he hired a coach or a recruiter.
 

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It's pretty clear by now that no one wants to play for Whalen.
Some don't want to play for Fleck, some don't want to play for Motzko and on it goes. Whalen is very new as a head coach and doesn't have an identity etc. as to what she expects out of players. She'll be fine, but it's going to take a while. We have a lot of knee jerking going on.
 




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Some don't want to play for Fleck, some don't want to play for Motzko and on it goes. Whalen is very new as a head coach and doesn't have an identity etc. as to what she expects out of players. She'll be fine, but it's going to take a while. We have a lot of knee jerking going on.
Hardly knee jerk… comical
 

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let's amend that. This group of players did not want to play for Whalen.

That does not necessarily mean that nobody wants to play for Whalen. She does have a highly-regarded recruiting class coming in, and those players have to be aware of what has been going on at MN.

hey, I agree it's not a good look for the program.

But Coyle hired a HC for a P5 program who had never coached at any level before - not even as an assistant coach or an AAU coach. Whalen is learning on the job - and so far, it has not been pretty.
So this is on Coyle as much as it is on Whalen.
Coyle hired a name. at this point, we still don't know if he hired a coach or a recruiter.
Only a matter of time before that recruiting class decommits
 






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Braun just posted Whalen going into the hall of fame on Instagram. These recruits want to change this program. They still have that ability.
They have the ability to do so. Haven’t had season tickets for about ten years, might have to reconsider.
 









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