- Oct 24, 2013
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You are correct. The sanctions from the academic scandal were a death knell for the program that they have not yet recovered from. That left an entire generation of high school kids seeing a team that was usually mediocre, with an occasional year where they did well. So they didn’t experience Williams Arena at its most electric, and they decided to go elsewhere, often the the Sconnies.
A death knell? A decade? Probation was for 4 years and they made the NIT 3 of those 4 years. Then they made the NCAA tournament 2 years after the sanctions ended. They also landed two of the highest rated recruits in Gopher history during those years in Rickert and Humphries.
The only death knell in this program is continuing to hire bad coaches. Now we have a coach who won't use all of our scholarships, and just making the NIT seems like a pipe dream. Yet Monson accomplished that in year 2, the first year he was eligible for the postseason, with a forced reduction in scholarships.