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Mike Max’s News & Notes For May 18

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The word is that Joe Coleman is getting a lot of inquiry from major colleges across the country since announcing he’s leaving the University of Minnesota.
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Richard Pitino is starting to make his imprint, including inquiring about a private workout area across from his office for personal player workouts.

He’s offered scholarships to DeLaSalle sophomore point guard Jarvis Johnson and Lakeville North shooting guard J.P. McCure – who got an offer from Kansas State and could attract much attention this summer.

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Robbinsdale Cooper’s Rashad Vaughn could have an option to play at a prep school next year.

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A Timberwolves minority owner told me the reason he, and he thinks others, will turn down Glen Taylor’s buy-out offer is that the new TV contract will increase the value of the team too much.

Don’t be surprised if the Wolves seek a practice facility in downtown Minneapolis close to the Target Center.

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Now that we know the design of the new Vikings stadium, how will it play as a baseball stadium? I asked Gopher baseball head coach John Anderson.

“We saw five or six different options as a discussion went along, and I see the final one here I think it’s a good compromise. I don’t think it’s perfect for anybody, but I think it’s a good compromise. I think it will work for all parties: baseball, Vikings and some of the other events they want to have in the building,” Anderson said.

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Jack Morris was in town to help promote Harmon Killebrew’s Hospice Home for Children. Morris is doing games in Toronto.

“It’s going well, I enjoy the broadcast part. It’s baseball. I had to remind myself of the old grind when I arrived in Boston at 4 in the morning after a night game in Tampa the other night. And I said, “Geez, this is baseball the way I used to remembered it,” Morris said.

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And what will Matt Cassell bring to the Vikings offense? That’s what I asked former NFL head coach Brian Billick.

“Matt Cassell is a tremendous talent that you’ve seen bits and pieces of that talent, who got blamed for things in Kansas City that probably weren’t all his doing. Can he be that guy that a team rallies around if need be to catapult them going forward? Can Matt Cassell be that? Sure, you’ve seen flashes of brilliance from Matt Cassell,” Billick said. “Will it be there? Is it going to be there for Christian Ponder? Stand by, we’ll see.”

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