Friday, December 7, 2012
A.J. Barker transfers to Houston
By Brian Bennett
Minnesota is going to Houston for its Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas game. Disgruntled former Gophers receiver A.J. Barker is heading to the same destination.
Barker, who quit the team last month and then publicly aired his grievances with coach Jerry Kill and other staffers, will transfer to Houston, according to the Pioneer-Press. Barker was a walk-on at Minnesota but will get a scholarship with the Cougars and will be immediately eligible.
At Houston, he'll play for head coach Tony Levine, who is from St. Paul and who played receiver at Minnesota in the 1990s.
Barker led the team in catches, yards and touchdowns this year but didn't play after an ankle injury on Oct. 27 against Purdue. He later claimed that trainers were keeping him in the dark about his injury and that Kill was verbally abusing and mistreating him. Kill said Barker didn't follow instructions and had problems with discipline.
The saga now comes to a close, with a happy resolution for Barker. But if he happens to run into some of the Gophers in Houston later this month, it might be a little awkward.