Jerry Kill on A.J. Barker accusations: "If I feel bad about anything I feel bad for him"

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Kill: "My strength as a coach has been my relationships with players... they've always played hard for me."
This morning, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill held an impromptu press conference to address allegations made by WR A.J. Barker in a blog post yesterday.

SEE ALSO: Gophers WR A.J. Barker quits team, blasts Jerry Kill, says assistant called him a "faggot"

In a feature-length post announcing he'd quit the team, Barker -- a junior who was attending school without a scholarship -- called Kill a "master manipulator." Barker said Kill, frustrated with Barker's slow recovery from an ankle injury, told him during a profanity-filled exchange at practice last Thursday that he had no chance of receiving a scholarship next year and would 'have to work his way from the bottom up' whenever he was healthy to play again.

During today's presser, Kill didn't deny chewing out Barker during practice, but said he felt as head coach he had no choice.

"A.J. had a confrontation with one of our trainers. I usually let things go, but it got so loud I called A.J. over and let him know that I wasn't very happy," Kill said. "I can't tell you exactly my words during that time, [but] your job as an athlete is you have to make sure you go to the training room to get better."

Kill said he harbors no ill-will toward his disgruntled former player.

"I feel bad for A.J. I feel bad that's the way he feels about the situation and I'll do anything I can to help in the future, whatever he decides to do. I'm all for the kids," Kill said, adding that "the wins and losses on my tombstone will are how many kids you've saved and how many you've lost... that's a loss for me."

But Kill denied the notion he treated Barker differently than any other player.

"It's hard when you have a roster of 120 people to keep them all happy. You can't scholarship them all, [but] I do the best I can with what we have to work with," Kill said, adding that he never told Barker he definitely wouldn't be receiving a scholarship next year.

He continued: "I don't treat our players any differently than I treat my two daughters. When I need to be tough on my two daughters, I can be tough on my two daughters, but you know what? They haven't turned out too bad."

"That's how I was raised -- a culture of discipline. You respect your elders, you respect people and there's a hierarchy. I know when I was 19, 20 I made mistakes and did some things, and got hammered for it and took it like a man, and that's the best thing that happened to me," Kill said.

As for the allegation that one of Kill's assistants called Barker a "faggot," Kill said "nobody has ever done that."

"I'm not around every single minute. As far as when I've been around, nobody has ever done that," he said.

"I feel bad, but you have to move on," Kill said. "We have a bunch of players excited about playing Michigan State [this Saturday]."


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fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

"...I made mistakes and did some things, and got hammered for it and took it like a man, ..." - Jerry Kill

Coach Kill confirming he is a d-bag manipulator. Also, an azz clown for trying to throw AJ Barker under the bus one last time.

BigHerbDickerson
BigHerbDickerson

Jerry Kill is cut from the same cloth as Jerry Sandusky.  Manipulation to sate their own ego while sacrificing the well-being of those in their supervision.  But then again, that's every football coach I've ever met.   Fuck Jerry Kill and Fuck anybody who stands up for him. 

Courtney Klos
Courtney Klos

from his letter, it sounds like he didn't ice his injury enough and didn't listen to his trainers

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

Baker didn't have a problem with being coached. He had a problem with the way they treated him because of his injury.

Courtney Klos
Courtney Klos

If Barker can't handle being coached in MN, he isn't going to be able to handle other college programs. And potential NFL coaches? good luck buddy

Anina Maye
Anina Maye

Respect for elders shouldn't simply come because they are older and higher in the hierarchy, ha! Old people are not automatically right just because they are older or in a position of power. If someone has a problem with you, you should be man enough to take the criticism respectfully- not write him off because he is younger or in a less powerful position. Sick of old greedy men addicted to power and money void of any compassion for others.

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