Just under 2 years later, Hallman chimes in:
Gopher hoops in crisis
No school in the veteran-laden Big Ten had as many youngsters playing major minutes. Three first-year players logged over 20 minutes a game, and four freshmen figured prominently in the regular rotation this season.
Furthermore, the high expectations for this year’s Gophers men with such a young group definitely was unrealistic. This isn’t an excuse but a fact.
“This is a big, big job to be a head coach at a university, and it takes time,” said veteran broadcaster Lea B. Olsen, a Gopher alum. “You have to have patience with the coaches, because there’s just a lot to it.”
American University Sports Law Professor N. Jeremi Duru, whose field of interest includes racial and gender dynamics when it comes to Black coaches, told us, “We have often seen in sports unfair double standards that people of color in positions of power have faced.
“I’m not a Minnesotan, but from what I read [Johnson] came into a bad situation in terms of where the program is. So, in my view, you should allow somebody who came into a program like that several years to get it right. It seems premature for him to be terminated,” said Duru.
'You have to have patience with the coaches, because there’s just a lot to it.'