A former University of Minnesota wide receiver who quit the team after accusing the head coach of abusive behavior has been arrested in Houston on a marijuana possession charge.
It was another somewhat crazy and eventful year in Minnesota sports filled with big wins, tough losses, some controversy and fresh faces hitting the scene.
A.J. Barker, the former Gopher star receiver who left the team following an argument with coach Jerry Kill, is on his way to the University of Houston, sources say.
Minnesota’s football program has grown accustomed to setbacks. The Gophers have plenty of experience with learning how to move on.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill defended a forceful rebuke of leading receiver A.J. Barker that led to the player’s abrupt departure from the program, saying he had to discipline the player for a confrontation with the team’s training staff.
Minnesota receiver A.J. Barker quit the team Sunday in a blistering email to coach Jerry Kill that he subsequently made public through his personal blog, the messy fallout triggered by their conflict about the treatment of the junior’s sprained right ankle.
Minnesota comes to Illinois Saturday looking for the win that will make the Gophers eligible for a bowl game for the first time since 2009.
A.J. Barker is third in the Big Ten with 231 yards receiving through three games. He’s tied for third in the league with four touchdowns.