Gophers Underground: Headlines

Brian Deutsch

 

Here are today’s Minnesota sports headlines…
 
-Minnesota wrestling legend and U alum Verne Gagne will not be charged in the beating death of a 97-year old last month. Prosecutors won’t pursue a case against the 82-year old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s  disease , because of the condition’s effects on memory and judgment. Gagne played football and was an All-American wrestler at the University in the 19402. (Star Tribune)
 
– Minnesota State will be without one of its top forwards Friday night when the Mavs open up the WCHA playoffs at Wisconsin. The school, along with the conference, suspended MSU forward Trevor Bruess for one game after the forward took two kneeing penalties last weekend against St. Cloud State. It’s the second time in three weeks, Bruess has been suspended for rough play. (Mankato Free Press)
 
-A judge has ruled that former Gophers football player Dominic Jones will not be allowed special privileges that let him travel to Ohio State for an NFL tryout. The assistant county attorney calls Jones chances of playing in the NFL “unrealistic.” (Star Tribune)  
 
-Jim Souhan says Don Lucia’s days at the helm of the Gophers hockey team may be numbered. (Star Tribune)
 
-Six members of the Gophers men’s hockey team have earned All-WCHA Academic honors as part of a record high 107 honorees this year. Justin Bostrom makes it for the third year in a row while Brian Schack made it for the second-straight year. Mike Hoeffel, Drew Fisher, R.J. Anderson and Nick Larson rounded out the Minnesota honorees.  
 
– Apparently, Melanie Gagnon will replace Gigi Marvin at the NCAA Skills Competition next month during the Frozen Four. Why Marvin is “unable to participate” is unknown at this time?