MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From Ricky Rubio to a former Timberwolves star and to the search for a new athletic director at the University of Minnesota.

It’s all a part of this week’s news and notes.

The person who replaces Joel Maturi may get pushed into eliminating sports, depending on who listens to who at the University of Minnesota.

Among the names to watch are Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard, who also spent time at Wisconsin. Former Gopher football coach Glen Mason is being pushed by some alums to go after the job.

Gopher baseball coach John Anderson is being encouraged inside the university. University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletic Director and football coach Bob Nielson could end up a candidate.

Ricky Rubio is drawing rave reviews from the league, including his overseas friends, about his impact with the Timberwolves early on. Rubio has had media from Europe just to do a 10-minute interview with him.

Former Timberwolves player Wally Szczerbiak is working for CBS cable and coaching his daughter’s 8-year-old basketball team in long island.

Former Gopher hockey standout Jordan Schroeder could get called up by the Vancouver Canucks soon.

Mario Lucia is playing for a highly successful junior hockey team in Canada. His father and head gopher coach Don Lucia was asked if the competition was not that good.

“Who says that? Oh the important people. Oh you mean those guys sitting behind the computer that don’t know anything about it,” he said.


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