Rochester Community and Technical College may be a two-year school but the Yellowjackets have been trying to emulate a four-year program.
RCTC has had a strong working relationship with the University of Minnesota since Jerry Kill became the head coach.
"The last three or four years they've really welcomed us in (for) what we're trying to do, model ourselves after and Division I school, and especially the University of Minnesota," second-year RCTC coach Bill Quistorff said.
Quistorff and his staff have met with the Gophers coaching staff on a number of occasions and toured all of the facilities at TCF Bank Stadium.
"I've had a good relationship with the Gophers coaching staff and I have been welcomed into meetings," Quistorff said. "What I've noticed is how they focus on the little things."
Quistorff is not only trying to improve the highly successful RCTC program, but also hopes to be able to send more players on to the Division I level, not just to Minnesota but to other schools as well."
RCTC has won a record 19 state junior college football championships and has played in 17 of the past 18 state title games. The Yellowjackets open the season at 1:30 p.m. today at Vermilion.
Three players currently in the University of Minnesota football program played at RCTC. Caledonia's Isaac Fruechte is a senior in his third year as a wide receiver for the Gophers. Fruechte played one season at RCTC.
Last year he had 13 catches for 154 yards, an 11.8 average and had three rushes for five yards. He was also named Academic All-Big Ten. As a sophomore he caught 19 passes for 256 yards (13.5 average) and two two touchdowns.
Rochester's Jake Kirsch and Justin Carr are both walk-on juniors at Minnesota. Both players played the last two seasons at RCTC and will redshirt this year for the Gophers. They do not have to officially report for Minnesota activities until Aug. 31.
Kirsch, a John Marshall grad, is a running back/wide receiver. Carr, a Mayo grad, is a defensive lineman.
John Marshall grad Mike Sherels is also in his first year as linebackers coach at Minnesota. Sherels is a former Gophers linebacker and was a two-time team captain.
Chris Bosio, formerly of Rochester, is the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs.
Bosio grew up in Rochester but moved away in the 1970s when he was 15. He went on to pitch in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners from 1986 to 1996. The right-handed starting pitcher finished with a 94-93 career record and 3.96 ERA. His best year was in 1989 with the Brewers when he was 15-10 with a 2.95 ERA.
He was also a reliever for a time. He had 309 career appearances and had 246 starts. He had nine career saves, six during the 1988 season.
Bosio, 51, is in his third season as the Cubs' pitching coach. This is his third stint as a big league pitching coach. He filled the role with Tampa Bay in 2003 and in an interim basis with Milwaukee late in the 2009 season.
Three Rochester student-athletes at Wheaton (Ill.) College were named to the 2013-14 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Academic All-Conference Team for the spring season.
Graham Massot, Jessica Goeke and Elise Topazian were all honored. All three are Century grads.
Goeke was a senior outfielder for the Wheaton softball team. The switch hitter was a full-time starter for the 20-18 team and batted .292 with 35 runs scored and nine RBIs.
Topazian was a freshman distance runner on the women's track and field team. Masssot was a freshman distance runner on the men's track and field team.