Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Troy Stoudermire reinstated at Minnesota
By ESPN.com staff
Don't believe everything you read on Facebook.
After being suspended last week for conduct detrimental to the team, Minnesota receiver/return man Troy Stoudermire channeled his inner LeBron and posted on his Facebook page that he was "ready to take my talent to a top d-1 school where I will be appreciated and respected as a player!" The message was soon removed, and less than a week later, Stoudermire has been reinstated with the Golden Gophers.
Asked at his weekly news conference to elaborate on Stoudermire's situation, Minnesota coach Tim Brewster joked, "He said he's got a message for you on Facebook."
"Troy has come back and he understands his situation last week was self inflicted," Brewster continued. "He's been very remorseful about the situation and how he handled it, and he's expressed it properly to me and to our football team. And so with that, we allow him to come back and be part of our football team and most importantly be a good teammate."
Stoudermire certainly can help the Gophers, who are in desperate need of a win Saturday against Northwestern. The junior remains one of the Big Ten's top kickoff return men, and while MarQueis Gray is emerging as Minnesota's No. 1 receiver, Stoudermire brings experience as a pass-catcher.
Minnesota could stress its passing game Saturday against a Northwestern secondary likely still missing two safeties (Jared Carpenter and David Arnold) because of injury.