Wilfs Send Letter to Minneapolis

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 10, 2012 – 10:49 am

The Vikings and the State of Minnesota continue working toward finding a stadium solution that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota. While the Vikings believe that Arden Hills is the ideal stadium location, the club has been asked by State Leaders to assist the City of Minneapolis with its site analysis and due diligence.

In a letter from Owner/President Mark Wilf to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council President Barbara Johnson, the Vikings have followed up with the City of Minneapolis on the City’s state preference for a building a new stadium at the Metrodome site. You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.

Building a new stadium at the current Metrodome site would require the Vikings to play three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and the letter from Wilf to the City lays out costs that would be associated with this move, including: TCF Bank Stadium Revenue Limitations; Capital Improvements to TCF Bank Stadium; and NFL Program Requirements at Metrodome.

In summary, there would be $67 million in additional costs associated with building a new stadium at the current Metrodome site, and thus relocating the Vikings home games to TCF Bank Stadium. In the letter, Wilf also references disruptions to the football team, fans, sponsors and partners, as well as the potential challenges created for University of Minnesota neighborhoods during the three-year period in which the Vikings would play home games on campus.

Governor Dayton has asked the City of Minneapolis to submit a stadium proposal by January 12, 2012.

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St. Thomas’ Caruso Named 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach Of The Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 10, 2012 – 6:15 am

As a Gustavus grad it’s tough to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of a Tommie, but congratulations are indeed due to the University of St. Thomas’ Glenn Caruso for being named one of four 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honorees.

The four winners of the award were Les Miles of LSU, Rob Ash of Montana State University, Tim Beck of Pittsburg State University (Kan.), and Caruso, who is now the first two-time winner of the award. Each coach earns a $50,000 charitable donation from Liberty Mutual and a $20,000 scholarship award for their school’s alumni association. They also will be honored in the permanent Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year display at the College Football Hall of Fame.

With this year’s awards, Liberty Mutual now has donated more than $1.5 million to over 80 charities on behalf of the 21 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year winners since 2006.

“These four coaches embody the spirit of college football: they inspire excellence on the field, commitment to academics, and dedication to their communities as true leaders both on and off the field,” said Archie Manning, chair of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. “Once again, college football fans across the country were passionate about their favorite coaches and helped select, along with the national media and College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, four leaders who exemplify the pillars of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year: sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence.”

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