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Gophers WR rips coach, bolts team

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08:19 AM ET 11.19 | Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker made his point in both short and long form over the weekend, announcing on Twitter he was leaving the team and seeking to transfer for his final season. He also created a Tumblr page where he published what he says was a letter he sent to head coach Jerry Kill, explaining why he is quitting. That letter -- which is more than 4,000 words long and contains some strong language -- has some harsh words for the head coach. It alludes to an apparent confrontation. ... He wrote in the letter: "In light of that pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love you put on this past Thursday, I have come to the decision, with the guidance of my parents and my closest friends, that my time on this team has come to an end."

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November 19, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Kill and Leach can switch prima dona wide receivers.

November 19, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Oh boy! Maybe my guys can steal a win and get to the Little Ceasers Pizza Bowl.

November 19, 2012  09:31 AM ET

4000 words,, wow thats a whole heck of a lot of F-bombs for a resignation letter.

November 19, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Although I have done something similar, nothing good can come from being so public with your outrage over what someone elase has done.

November 19, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Airing a team's dirty laundry is a VERY bad sign IMO.

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November 19, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Coach probably told him that he needed to show up on time and work hard on his routes rather than his TD dances... It hurt his feelings.

November 19, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Coach probably told him that he needed to show up on time and work hard on his routes rather than his TD dances... It hurt his feelings.

I cant recall a time in CFB when the player gets in the face of a coach during a game like Bell did to coach Pelini, sign of the times?

November 19, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I cant recall a time in CFB when the player gets in the face of a coach during a game like Bell did to coach Pelini, sign of the times?

Yep!!! Kids are not what they use to be, however the onus is upon the parents!!! I know my sons have always had a time or two they wanted to tell a coach off, but they were afraid of what I would do if they did and didnt come to me first!

November 19, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Although I have done something similar, nothing good can come from being so public with your outrage over what someone elase has done.

Bingo

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November 19, 2012  10:43 AM ET

He was a WALK-ON! For the GOPHERS! Why would anyone care? Good luck in division III, if that.

November 19, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Yep!!! Kids are not what they use to be, however the onus is upon the parents!!! I know my sons have always had a time or two they wanted to tell a coach off, but they were afraid of what I would do if they did and didnt come to me first!

And coaches....they should not allow that in any way, shape or form.

And the shed isn't too good for them IMO

November 19, 2012  11:07 AM ET

"Hey coach, about that scholarship we were talking about... coach? COACH??? Aww crap, someone call for the ambulance again."

November 19, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He was a WALK-ON! For the GOPHERS! Why would anyone care? Good luck in division III, if that.

Exactly!

November 19, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Exactly!

Exactly squared! I laughed at the part where he mentioned his parents support and his best friend...the only people left in his bubble...the real world is so going to suck for this kid....

November 19, 2012  01:45 PM ET
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Exactly squared! I laughed at the part where he mentioned his parents support and his best friend...the only people left in his bubble...the real world is so going to suck for this kid....

He said friendS - - plural. LOL

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November 19, 2012  02:07 PM ET

I'm still hopin' Jerry's able to build up Minnie, transform them into real Killer Gs. If Northwestern once made it to the Rose Bowl....

 
November 19, 2012  02:20 PM ET
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I'm still hopin' Jerry's able to build up Minnie, transform them into real Killer Gs. If Northwestern once made it to the Rose Bowl....

I tailgated Saturday with some of the Gopher faithful (not many of those grant you) but that is their hope also.... but there hasn't been a culture of winning at Minny for so long that there are few left alive who remember it....they bring good beer with them

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