Barker Announces Departure From Gophers

Barker Announces Departure From Gophers

On Sunday evening, Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker announced on his Twitter account that he would be leaving the football team and transferring from the University of Minnesota due to issues with the coaching staff.

Early Sunday evening, Barker tweeted, "Well, its official. I am done playing football for the University of Minnesota and I will be looking to transfer next season for my final [year]."

Barker wasn't finished with a simple tweet as he then posted a 4000-word blog alleging abuses and misconduct by the Minnesota coaches and training staff. Barker also noted that this was the same letter he sent to head coach Jerry Kill.

The unedited version of Barker's rant can be read HERE.

Athletic Director Norwood Teague and the University of Minnesota released a short statement following the incident.

"Coach Kill received an email from A.J. Barker today notifying the Coach that he has quit the team. Coach Kill tried reaching out to A.J. after receiving the email, but was unable to connect with him. We understand A.J.'s frustration with his injury, and we regret that he has chosen to leave the team on these terms. Our concern first and foremost is student athletes and we wish A.J. well."

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