Ra’Shede Hageman arrived at Minnesota in 2009 as a tight end, fighting for a place to fit in on Tim Brewster’s roster. Now, the 6-6, 311-pound senior has become arguably the best defensive tackle in the Big Ten under a new regime in the Twin Cities.
Jerry Kill wasn’t expected to be at the Minnesota-Northwestern game Saturday. The head coach was on a leave of absence to get his epilepsy under control, after all. But there was Kill in the Minnesota coaches box at Ryan Field. Kill’s wife, Rebecca, drove him to the game, because he couldn’t stand not being there with his team after missing the Michigan game.
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It’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming, as there is much to talk about. This week, Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes, Michigan’s defense, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and much more. So, let’s get started.
For years, Big Ten coaches have spouted off clichés about how difficult a grind the conference is week in week out, how there are no off nights, that you’re in for battle in every match, and that there is no margin for error. While accurate in some sense, until the 2013 season, it seemed like a lot of coach speak to pump up the reputation of the league.