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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/2/2023 2:32:50 PM   
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I read that she resigned. It's too bad that her coaching stint went so poorly, but a good decision for her to step down.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/2/2023 3:20:25 PM   
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Listening to the Mark Coyle press conference. It was "mutual," but anyone listening can read between the lines that she was fired. By staying on with the U in a different capacity, she will keep her paychecks. Coyle is not doing a great job at this presser. Didn't help that they originally said both Whalen and Coyle would make the announcement together, but then 5 minutes before the presser it was announced Whalen wouldn't be there.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/18/2023 11:22:29 AM   
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Gophers hire West Virginia coach Dawn Plitzuweit to replace Lindsay Whalen
Plitzuweit is a Wisconsin native who coached South Dakota to the Sweet 16 last season before spending one year as West Virginia's coach.


The University of Minnesota announced Saturday that it has hired Dawn Plitzuweit as Gophers women's basketball head coach, replacing Lindsay Whalen.

In Plitzuweit, the Gophers get an experienced leader who owns a 365-140 record as a head coach in two NCAA divisions and four schools. Minnesota signed her to a six-year contract, pending Board of Regents approval.

The Gophers scheduled a news conference to introduce Plitzuweit for Monday at 12:30 p.m.

"I am extremely excited," Plitzuweit said in the news release. "It is a tremendous honor to be named head coach at Minnesota, and I want to thank President Joan Gabel, Mark Coyle, Julie Manning, Joi Thomas and the entire search committee for this opportunity.

"This is a homecoming of sorts, and Minnesota is a program that I am very familiar with from my previous time in the surrounding area and in the Big Ten. I am looking forward to getting back to the area and to meet the team, alumni and fans. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with local high school and club coaches. I can't wait to get to work."

In Plitzuweit's 16 seasons as a head coach, she has led her teams into the post season in all but one season. She coached Grand Valley State to the NCAA Division II title in 2006, coached South Dakota into the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2022 and, most recently, led West Virginia to the NCAA tournament in her one year as head coach of the Mountaineers. She has coached in the NCAA tournament four straight seasons.

Plitzuweit (pronounced PLITZ-zoo-white), a Wisconsin native, was 158-36 in six seasons at South Dakota, going 83-10 in Summit League conference play. The Coyotes won 28 or more games in four of her six seasons there, winning three regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament titles. She was named conference coach of the year three times.

"I am excited to welcome Dawn, her husband Jay and their family to Minnesota," Coyle said in the news release. "Dawn is a process-driven coach and has coached winning teams at every step of her career. She has recruited Minnesota and has consistently produced teams that compete for championships. Dawn has Big Ten coaching experience and knows how competitive and strong the conference is. I know she is excited to get back to the area and build her program."

When Plitzuweit, 50, left South Dakota, she signed a five-year, $3 million contract with West Virginia. The Mountaineers went 19-12 overall, 10-8 in the Big 12 Conference in her one season there. West Virginia lost to Arizona in the NCAA tournament on Friday in Maryland, and by morning, the Gophers had their new coach.

Plitzuweit was 71-54 at Northern Kentucky in four seasons before moving to South Dakota. Before that she was associate head coach at Michigan for five seasons.

Plitzuweit returns to the Midwest, where she has long-standing recruiting ties, and she inherits a team with the bulk of its scoring returning from last season. Minnesota got 47.3% of its scoring last season from freshmen. It appears all four of former coach Lindsay Whalen's highly-touted 2022 recruiting class of Mara Braun, Mallory Heyer, Nia Holloway and Amaya Battle will return.

Former Farmington star center Sophie Hart transferred to Minnesota from North Carolina State during the season, though she has not indicated her plans in the wake of the coaching change. Nor has redshirt freshman Katie Borowicz or sophomore Maggie Czinano.

Sophomore center Rose Micheaux has announced her intention to enter the NCAA's transfer portal.

According to BlueGoldNews.com, which covers West Virginia sports, Plitzuweit's contract with the Mountaineers called for her to earn $550,000 this season, with scheduled $25,000 raises in the final four years. The contract also called for a buyout of 25% of the remaining contract if Plitzuweit left for another coaching position. That would mean, according to BlueGoldNews.com, that West Virginia would be owed $612,500.

https://www.startribune.com/gophers-womens-basketball-hire-west-virginia-coach-dawn-plitzuweit-to-replace-lindsay-whalen/600259977/
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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/19/2023 8:47:44 AM   
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It sounds like Plitzuweit has some serious coaching chops. She will be tested early in terms of keeping any more of Whalen's players from hitting the transfer portal. With any luck she can convince Micheaux to change her mind. This is a very talented bunch just waiting for a good coach.

I'm sad that this was Lindsay Whalen's coaching legacy. We all hoped she would come back to the U and return them to the glory days of her playing career. She was simply unprepared to be a head coach of a division 1 college basketball program. She recruited with a fair amount of success, but her teams didn't get better over the course of a season. This last year after every tough loss to a top team, it was the same story. Played hard, shot well, defended well, just kept turning the ball over. Turnovers were THE issue of the season and they got no better at it. Even games when it looked like they had a handle on it, the 4th quarter would be filled with turnovers when the opponent turned up the pressure. The season ended on a turnover fest, just the way it began.

The other issue was that despite recruiting success, Whalen's players ran for transfer portal after the season. I get that the portal affects everyone, but it's usually players looking for more playing time elsewhere. In Whalen's case, her best players, with the most playing time, were the ones entering the portal. I think the writing was on the wall when Sarah Scalia left for Indiana. This was Lindsay's most successful recruit and an All Big Ten player. She looked at her WNBA prospects and knew Whalen's program wasn't going to raise her profile ahead of the draft.

I hope Plitzuweit is the one that finally erases the curse of Brenda Friese. At first glance, Dawn Plitzuweit looks like she is a solid recruiter who is able to coach players up. She has a lot of Advantages stepping into the role now. It looks like Whalen's vaunted freshman class is staying put. Her prize recruit this year is holding to her commitment. She will also have the facilities that Friese said the Gophers sorely lacked when she left. I wish Plitzuweit luck. I get tired of watching other colleges benefit from winning the recruiting battles against Minnesota for the best players in their own back yard.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/22/2023 1:34:09 PM   
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Katie Borowicz is leaving basketball for medical reasons. She has some strange condition where her brain is putting pressure on here spine. She underwent a procedure to relieve the pressure, but it didn't work well enough.

"When I play, it only gets worse and I've come to associate basketball with pain. I have been struggling for the past year to push through, and put a smile on my face, but my body is telling me enough."

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/22/2023 1:59:23 PM   
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Katie Borowicz is leaving basketball for medical reasons. She has some strange condition where her brain is putting pressure on here spine. She underwent a procedure to relieve the pressure, but it didn't work well enough.

"When I play, it only gets worse and I've come to associate basketball with pain. I have been struggling for the past year to push through, and put a smile on my face, but my body is telling me enough."

I know a lot of Borowiczes.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 2/21/2024 2:55:47 PM   
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Paige Bueckers decides to stay in college and who can blame her. She has made $625K in NIL money, which is 2.5 times the highest WNBA salary of $252K. I expect other top players to follow suit. Caitlin Clark was at $818K before breaking the scoring record. Angel Reese of LSU is projected to earn $1.7M.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 2/21/2024 3:03:59 PM  1 votes
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Paige Bueckers decides to stay in college and who can blame her. She has made $625K in NIL money, which is 2.5 times the highest WNBA salary of $252K. I expect other top players to follow suit. Caitlin Clark was at $818K before breaking the scoring record. Angel Reese of LSU is projected to earn $1.7M.

It's sad. In my opinion NIL has ruined amateur college sports for ever. What's next? Little leaguer's commanding money to play a game we all played as kids for the love of the sport? The quest for the almighty dollar bill in the USA keeps taking us to new lows as human beings.
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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 2/21/2024 4:31:22 PM   
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Paige Bueckers decides to stay in college and who can blame her. She has made $625K in NIL money, which is 2.5 times the highest WNBA salary of $252K. I expect other top players to follow suit. Caitlin Clark was at $818K before breaking the scoring record. Angel Reese of LSU is projected to earn $1.7M.

I think they should be able to play college ball forever.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 2/21/2024 4:55:02 PM   
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Paige Bueckers decides to stay in college and who can blame her. She has made $625K in NIL money, which is 2.5 times the highest WNBA salary of $252K. I expect other top players to follow suit. Caitlin Clark was at $818K before breaking the scoring record. Angel Reese of LSU is projected to earn $1.7M.

I think they should be able to play college ball forever.


At NIL prices I believe they want too.

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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/3/2024 3:12:22 PM   
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Clark to play in WNBA instead of playing another year at Iowa -
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RE: Gopher Basketball (Womens) - 3/3/2024 3:20:15 PM   
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Clark to play in WNBA instead of playing another year at Iowa -

Phil wrong again.

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