Plymouth Middle School Assistant Principal Played as a Badger AND a Gopher
This week’s border battle between 14th ranked Wisconsin and number 9 Minnesota is a high stakes football game. Kim Royston knows that better than anybody.
“Being on both sides of it, they definitely don’t like each other,” Royston said. “Obviously with the states being right next to each other it brings that much more rivalry to it. You’ve got a lot of Wisconsin people who live in Minnesota. I wouldn’t say it’s the opposite way around. I think a lot of people try to get out of Wisconsin.”
Royston is currently the Assistant Principal at Plymouth Middle School. He has a unique perspective on the Badgers-Gophers showdown. Royston played for Wisconsin in 2006 and 2007. He then transferred to Minnesota and was a safety for the Gophers in 2009 and 2011.
Royston is all in on the Gophers
The winner of Saturday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium gets Paul Bunyan’s Ax and will be the Big Ten West champion.
Despite having ties to Madison and Minneapolis, Royston is all in on the Gophers.
“I think at this point we all know what is on the line,” Royston said. “From everything I have seen from the Gophers this year they come out ready to play big games. I’m looking forward to getting that win and keeping that ax and making sure we continue to “row the boat” onto the conference championship game and beyond.”
Royston is going to the border battle with some former Gophers and says it will be an “amazing experience.” Wisconsin is 9-2 this season and Minnesota is 10-1.