To be honest, this doesn't surprise me. I don't know Brook personally, but I don't think she's ever looked very happy at Minnesota, to be honest. This year and last she's lacked the sparkle she had (by reading her emotions) as a freshman.
Minnesota is a good team and they have been and most likely will continue to be under Mike Hebert..... but the last year they really posed a threat to Penn State or any other top 5 team in the country was 2004... Gentil's junior season
Am I the only person who thinks Minnesota's program has been quite dysfunctional over the past 4-5 years? Bringing in transfers - even in their final season, players leaving at an alarming rate, coaching turn-over, unexpected losing streaks, not playing well in NCAA tournament....
Have players really been leaving Minnesota at an alarming rate? I'm not sure about that.
Will she still receive her athletic scholarship funds for spring semester at Minnesota? If not, it seems like a rather impulsive decision.
Congratulations to Stanford women's tennis team on their 17th NCAA national championship with wins over #5 USC, #4 Georgia, #1 Florida, and #3 Texas A&M. IMO hardest tournament draw in women's tennis history.
Right, we shouldn't assume a player is "unstable," especially when we've seen nothing on the court that would give that impression.
College sports are a huge commitment and can create so much additional stress at a time when young people are starting to define themselves as individuals. With the travel schedules and practice schedules, it is tough to balance school with social life and team. I doubt we'll find out much more about the reasons, but I do know that it couldn't have been an easy decision that was made lightly.
I don't automatically give the "things are tough for student-athletes" reason. I've had a couple of close family members play D1 sports (hockey & baseball). Seems like their egos get crushed when they are not the almighty star anymore, and some have a difficult time dealing with that. It's a part of growing up, and sometimes athletes need to grow-up too as part of a learning process. That is what college is for, learning and growing as a person. Quiting is not something you want to start a habit of doing in life.
No excuses for Brook. You don't QUIT in the middle of a season. That shows poor character. If you don't agree with coaching staff decisions - it's not a free pass to leave. I find it very difficult to believe that Mike would not listen to her -- she was a team leader. That leads me to believe that she didn't like some decisions being made, and just "took her ball and went home"
I hope the Gophers are able to have a fantastic second half of this season, and the remaining players are able to put this behind them and have some success. There is still a lot of talent in Minneapolis, and hopefully this might even help others realize that they are just as important to a successful Minnesota team as Brook was tabbed to be.
As a parent of a player, I simply want to give you my impression. The program is fine; the coaching is solid and life moves on. Is it a perfect situation? No. Does Minnesota have the tools to move forward? Yes. It is an adjustment. This is a team. Let’s give them a chance to come together as a team and see what they can do. In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger. “
Wow. Tough loss for the Gophers. Very tough. I hope everything is ok with Brook.
What do Gopher fans think the new line-up will look like? Cowles playing all the way around? Wilson on the left, Harms on the right? Do both of those (Wilson, Harms) play all the way around?
Maybe this also could force Love to play backrow? Not sure she's ready for that, but nothing like getting thrown into the fire.
I think Wilson and Love OH, and Harms at Opp. Also Cowles is another option -- I think coaches will have to decide based on opponent, playing Cowles all the way around against teams with weaker Opp hitters.
Now is really the time for Carico and Wilson to prove their mettle. I think they can truly help make or break this team now.
This will not be good for the Gopher program regardless of what the cause was. I think we will hear another shoe drop before this is all over. It is too bad since their recruiting has been going so well. I wish Dieter well because I think volleyball was her passion.
Learn from yesterday,live for today, and hope for tomorrow. Albert Einstein