Sunday Filled With Football, Food And Bowling

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Sunday was action-packed for coach Kill and his Gophers.

As player breakfast was wrapping up and meetings were about to begin, coach Kill left the team hotel at 10:30 a.m. to head over to Reliant Stadium where he, along with Texas Tech interim coach Chris Thomsen, served as honorary captains for the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans game. The two coaches participated in the coin toss in a game that Minnesota won 23-6.

Upon arriving at the stadium, coach stopped and chatted with Greg Coleman of the Vikings Radio Network and then talked with local Houston media.

"It is a privilege," said Kill of participating in the coin toss. "They are a great organization and I know a lot of people there. Coach Frazier and the job he has done is tremendous. I know a few people on the other side of the ball as well, so it is a great privilege for me to do that and me a part of it."

Kill watched the opening kickoff from the sideline, but was off the field before the first snap of the game had even happened. From there it was back in the car and back to the hotel to help wrap up some meetings and get ready for practice.

The Gophers then loaded up four buses and left for nearby St. Thomas High School at 1:45 p.m. for practice. Minnesota ran through drills for a little more than an hour and then was treated to a post-practice snack of Popeyes chicken (a favorite among the 13 Texans on the Gopher roster).

The buses were then loaded back up and the team went back to the hotel to relax. Coach Kill has said that part of the challenge in being gone for a week during a bowl game is finding a good balance between football activities and non-football activities.

"I think you have to balance it out," said Kill. "When we are concentrating on football, we need to focus on football. But at the same time you have to enjoy the bowl experience and have fun because that is all a part of it. We need to do a good job with a young team making sure we balance that out."

To help achieve that balance, the team went to Lucky Strike Lanes for food, bowling and bonding tonight before returning to the practice field tomorrow.

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