Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Football


Seantrel Henderson profiled on Fox 9 this Sun., Nov. 22, at 9 p.m.

Fox 9 in the Twin Cities will profile Cretin-Derham Hall’s Seantrel Henderson on the “Fox Nine News at 9” newscast this Sunday evening. Producer Julie Michaels spent time arranging interviews in order get a glimpse of the guy who has been on the radar of every college football recruiter in America since he was a sophomore in high school. “What we tried to do is get behind the scenes and find out what it’s like to be so  in demand,” Michaels said. “I think what I took away from meeting Seantrel and talking to other people about him is how humble he seems to be. He’s a big guy with a big heart, big smile and just a really nice guy. And he surrounded by a family that’s very excited about his success!”

Michaels and cameraman Ron Johnson spent an evening at an impromptu family gathering over at his dad’s place. Grandmas, grandpa, girlfriend — everyone close to ‘Trel was there. Trish Van Pilsum is the reporter on the story. This piece promises to be an interesting sketch of the person behind the football player.


goldy ain’t too proud to beg!

Seantrel Henderson (second from left) along with his dad, Sean (furthest left), get a personal appeal from Goldy Gopher at the Minnesota – South Dakota State football game last Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won, 16-13, but were repeated visits throughout the season by Seantrel, the Cretin-Derham Hall star offensive lineman who’s’s No. 1 high school football prospect in the country, enough to sway him to go to Minnesota?

Getting noticed by people is something Seantrel has had to adjust to. In a recent interview with me, Seantrel admitted his amazement at how technology played a part in being recognized by the fans on his recruiting trip to Ohio State in September: “It’s funny how technology works because everybody already knew who I am and who the other recruits were. So everybody was just screaming everybody’s name… screaming my name saying, ‘Come to Ohio State’… things like that. I didn’t know that everybody knew me like that. That kind of hit me a little bit.”

Seantrel has a few more visits left. This weekend he’s scheduled to take an unofficial trip to Iowa City to see the Iowa – Minnesota contest. Official visits include trips to USC on Dec. 5 and Florida Dec. 12. Good time to enjoy nice weather, Seantrel. Oklahoma was on his in his final five (Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC) plus one (Minnesota), but trip date has been set yet.


“I used to wipe his butt and change his diaper. Do you think I’m impressed by that?”


Theresa Romero, Michael Floyd’s mother, commenting on the banner of the Cretin-Derham Hall grad and Notre Dame star wide receiver inside Gate B at Notre Dame Stadium.


Michael and Seantrel: Together Again (for a weekend)

Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd will host his former teammate at Cretin-Derham Hall Seantrel Henderson when ‘Trel makes his official visit to South Bend this weekend. Floyd was tearing up college football with five TDs on only 13 catches and a 27 yard per catch average before breaking his collar bone against Michigan State Sept. 19. ‘Trel is still regarded as the top recruit in the country, a sure-fire plug and play left tackle.

Just to prove a wide receiver will really talk to a lineman, here’s picture proof!


Video on the TCF Bank Stadium Experience

This is a short multimedia piece I did on the experience at the University of Minnesota’s new football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, aka, The Bank. I combined audio (which supplies the narrative) with video and still pictures.


…But There’s Always Plan B


Just in case I never get my money out my autographed Michael Vick rookie card, I have a back up plan. If St. Paul’s Michael Floyd continues to dominate college competition like he has, I believe he’ll be a Heisman finalist some day. When that happens, I’m going to auction his high school graduation party invite on Ebay. (And, yes, I’ve already told Michael’s parents I’m going to do this so don’t bug me about it.) There must be some obsessive Notre Dame fan who would pay a small fortune for it. Aside from his family, you had to be a really cool person to get invited to his party. This is a rare item indeed!



Gophers Locker Room Reception

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Thanks to Gophers Coach Brewster for allowing the sports marketing folks at the University of Minnesota to turn his team’s locker room into a bar/reception area Monday evening. Coach Brew was even kind enough to stop by to speak with corporate season ticket holders who came to see the new stadium — and his team’s spacious locker room at The Bank.

The Gophers locker room was quite impressive. I think it’s probably the size of a small ice hockey rink. (I’m not kidding.) And the photography that adorns the walls is superb. Actually, the University of Minnesota has always had good sports photography as long as I can remember. If you can’t get inside the Gopher’s locker room, check out the photos in the lobby at the Radisson University on the University’s East Bank or the Applebee’s inside and you’ll see what I mean.

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Combined with Williams Arena, Mariucci Arena, the University Acquatic Center and the new TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota probably has some of the best sports facilities in the country. Of course, the sporting public expects you to win. That’s all!
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