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I see Coaches Allister and Trachsel are both having very good years so far at Stanford and Ole Miss respectively in 2021. As is Coach Martin here at Minnesota who is head of a team that is going to get either second or first in the Big Ten yet again this year for about the 7th year in a row.

I give so much credit to these Gopher players on our roster who have been recruited by and coached by two or more likely three head coaches and they have continuously won more than their share of games.

Now go beat Michigan!
 

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I see Coaches Allister and Trachsel are both having very good years so far at Stanford and Ole Miss respectively in 2021. As is Coach Martin here at Minnesota who is head of a team that is going to get either second or first in the Big Ten yet again this year for about the 7th year in a row.

I give so much credit to these Gopher players on our roster who have been recruited by and coached by two or more likely three head coaches and they have continuously won more than their share of games.

Now go beat Michigan!
I think this helps answer an earlier question. Players may not develop much in college. You come with the tools or you don't. And so it's about recruiting the talent. The players just play like they always have no matter the coach. (I'll have one caveat to that, pitching may develop)
 

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I see Coaches Allister and Trachsel are both having very good years so far at Stanford and Ole Miss respectively in 2021. As is Coach Martin here at Minnesota who is head of a team that is going to get either second or first in the Big Ten yet again this year for about the 7th year in a row.

I give so much credit to these Gopher players on our roster who have been recruited by and coached by two or more likely three head coaches and they have continuously won more than their share of games.

Now go beat Michigan!

I'll quibble with you on Stanford/Allister because I'm still a little bitter all these years later. Stanford has 8 games left vs UCLA and Washington and likely get swept, got swept by AZ, and went 1-3 vs ASU. They will finish in the bottom 4 of the conference. Beating up on weak teams to start the season doesn't make a good year in my opinion.
 

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I'll quibble with you on Stanford/Allister because I'm still a little bitter all these years later. Stanford has 8 games left vs UCLA and Washington and likely get swept, got swept by AZ, and went 1-3 vs ASU. They will finish in the bottom 4 of the conference. Beating up on weak teams to start the season doesn't make a good year in my opinion.
I agree with you; I too studied Stanford's schedule. With her recruiting skills, she could have been in the run for national honors and dominance in the BIG if she'd stayed at MN. Winning big in the PAC 12 is hard, with lots of established programs already on top and not likely to let go. But more power to her, if she can do it.
 

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Any word about the WI series? Will it be rescheduled? Or if MN loses to MI, will a WI series even matter?
 

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Any word about the WI series? Will it be rescheduled? Or if MN loses to MI, will a WI series even matter?
If we go 3-1 against Michigan we will both be at 8 losses but Michigan will have 2 more wins. Assuming they beat Michigan State Wednesday. So yes, the Wisconsin games are huge. If we don’t get it done this weekend, then it won’t matter. Let’s go get the sweep. Go gophers.
 

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If we go 3-1 against Michigan we will both be at 8 losses but Michigan will have 2 more wins. Assuming they beat Michigan State Wednesday. So yes, the Wisconsin games are huge. If we don’t get it done this weekend, then it won’t matter. Let’s go get the sweep. Go gophers.

This weekend is the ultimate weekend for the Gophers softball program.

As the last weekend at home this year, I hope the players can both really enjoy it as well as play very well.

There is about a 75 percent chance that the Gophers won’t make it out of their regional that they will travel to, probably getting a second seed in that regional. If somehow they get through that, there is about a 90 percent chance that they will get buzz-sawed at a super regional again having to travel and potentially against one of the two or three truly exceptional teams in college softball (Oklahoma, UCLA [and maybe Washington when Gabbie Plain is in the circle]).
 

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I think this helps answer an earlier question. Players may not develop much in college. You come with the tools or you don't. And so it's about recruiting the talent. The players just play like they always have no matter the coach. (I'll have one caveat to that, pitching may develop)
I think one of the reasons that college players don't improve as much as they did earlier is the reduction in the number of competitive games they play. From early ages thru high school, they play a lot of games during the summer months. When they get to college, they play a short fall season and the regular season games only. Reserve players don't get as many repetitions during these games and have less chance to improve. I think you might see continued improvement of the reserve players if there were summer leagues for college softball players like there is for baseball.
 

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I thought I had read in some earlier comment that the Gophers and Wisconsin might try to make up some of those postponed games, with one or two mid-week games, like Michigan and Michgan State did (or are doing). Is there some reason this hasn't been done? I realize no game could be scheduled for this week, as it's finals week at the U, but next week maybe?
 

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I thought I had read in some earlier comment that the Gophers and Wisconsin might try to make up some of those postponed games, with one or two mid-week games, like Michigan and Michgan State did (or are doing). Is there some reason this hasn't been done? I realize no game could be scheduled for this week, as it's finals week at the U, but next week maybe?

I would assume next week; it has to be next week for there to be make-up games at all; but all of that assumes that Wisconsin’s sequestration period ends by that time (preferably Wednesday or possibly Thursday of next week)... and I just don’t think anyone in the public knows when that period ends for their players.
 

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I see Olivia Peterson is no longer on the roster.

She is not yet in Softball America’s Transfer Tracker... but maybe that is coming soon. Or, maybe she is just going to focus on school and real life, which makes a lot of sense to me; but I was not a college athlete.
... and Olivia Peterson is now in the D1Softball Transfer Tracker. Presently she is the only Gopher transferring out.
 

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I am sure the Big Ten Network is pleased with themselves by announcing at the beginning of the season that they will carry all four of the Michigan/Minnesota series on BTN. Obviously, no other B1G softball series received close to that kind of coverage this year.

It is like they knew this coming showdown would be for the Big Ten softball title.
Frankly, I'm kind of amazed all 4 games are scheduled to be on BTN!

But it appears I'll have to make it through the series without Erika!!
 
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