In case you were wondering, Minnesota players were less than pleased about their head coach being let go.
The same coach that stood by their side, Tracy Claeys, was fired for doing just that. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said that Claeys’ tweet of support of the players’ boycott didn’t help his case.
So fittingly, there were many frustrations shared by Minnesota players.
Some of them were anonymous:
Minnesota underclassman: “Doesn’t matter who coach is we don’t want to play for administration. Countless people will transfer if possible”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 3, 2017
Others had no problem putting their name to any bashing of the administration.
Captain and three-year starting quarterback Mitch Leidner talked about the “sad day for Gopher football.”
“For Coach Claeys to stick by his team through his whole situation and be there for his players, and then for the administration to fire him, it’s sad,” Leidner told the Pioneer Press. “And everybody feels the same way. It’s hard for me to think that another coach would want to come coach here with the way the administration has acted throughout this whole thing.”
It remains to be seen who will take over for Claeys, though candidates have been thrown around.
Leidner doesn’t envy Claeys’ replacement.
“I feel bad for him once he gets here,” Leidner said of the next coach. “I feel bad he has to deal with what other coaches have had to deal with.”
As for current Minnesota players, many of them echoed what the anonymous underclassman said. They shared their unfiltered thoughts about the administration on Twitter:
The adm. mishandles a situation, succumbs to mob mentality, makes no effort to be non-biased, yet feels it is able to fire a winning coach.
— Conner Olson (@connerolson6) January 3, 2017
That's straight up bull.. I love you coach I'm still rocking wit ya✊????
— Hollywood (@RayBuf25) January 3, 2017
Cause he stuck with his players ? Y'all are a joke smh!
— Philllyyy™ (@_PhillipHoward) January 3, 2017
Man what ? How ? ✌????️
— Eric icky Carter (@LilEazyVert9) January 3, 2017
I've always been really mindful about what I tweet but this is bullshit
— Carter Coughlin (@Cmoe34) January 3, 2017
I am beyond mad about the decision to fire my head coach. This is absolutely ridiculous
— Blake Cashman (@blockayyy) January 3, 2017
Fire the coach that stick with his players .. it's sad how this administration doesn't care about the players at all
— Jalen Myrick (@5__On__It) January 3, 2017