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Gopher Batter Jack Wassel follows through his swing in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Minnesota baseball swept; Hawkeyes outscore Gophers 31-2

April 13, 2021
Pitchers struggled, and the bats failed to come alive as Minnesota dropped all three games in Iowa.
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

E.J. Stephens joins Gophers men’s basketball

April 2, 2021
The Gophers add another senior guard through the transfer portal.
The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Luke Loewe is second transfer to men’s basketball team

April 2, 2021
Loewe has one year remaining and becomes the second incoming transfer.
Guard Gabe Kalscheur brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Gophers lose another starter to the transfer portal

April 1, 2021
Kalscheur becomes the seventh Gopher to enter the transfer portal.
The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Transfer portal grows, with freshman Martice Mitchell added to the list

March 30, 2021
Mitchell becomes the sixth Gopher to enter the portal this offseason.
The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Jamison Battle commits to Minnesota

March 29, 2021
Battle is the first newcomer following the hiring of head coach Ben Johnson.
Gopher batter Jack Wassel follows through his swing in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Nebraska sweeps Gophers in four-game series

March 29, 2021
Minnesota struggled on the mound over the weekend as it allowed 39 runs and led just two innings of the series.
The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Sam Freeman enters transfer portal

March 27, 2021
The list of exiting players continues to grow, as Freeman is the fifth Gopher to leave this offseason.
The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

Tre’ Williams enters transfer portal

March 26, 2021
Williams is the fourth Gopher to enter the portal following Pitino’s departure.
Episode 36: Gophers turn to Ben Johnson to keep in-state talent

Episode 36: Gophers turn to Ben Johnson to keep in-state talent

March 25, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses new Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson, Johnson's introductory press conference and his recruiting aspirations in the state of Minnesota.
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Meet new Gophers basketball coach Ben Johnson

March 24, 2021
Johnson brings a Minnesotan-led initiative to try and turn around the Gophers’ program.
Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

Gophers basketball to hire Ben Johnson as new basketball coach

March 22, 2021
Ben Johnson returns to his alma mater to become the next head coach of the Gophers’ men’s basketball team.
Episode 35: With Pitino out, Gophers men's basketball begins its coaching search

Episode 35: With Pitino out, Gophers men’s basketball begins its coaching search

March 19, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the firing of Richard Pitino, recruiting in-state talent and who might fill the void as the next head coach of the Golden Gophers.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers star guard Marcus Carr enters transfer portal

March 19, 2021
The dominos keep falling since the men’s basketball program and coach Richard Pitino separated.
Former Gophers head coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

The Gophers men’s basketball team has begun its coaching search. Here’s a list of six potential candidates.

March 17, 2021
With Richard Pitino out, athletics director Mark Coyle has begun a nationwide coaching search to fill the void.
Gopher Batter Jack Wassel follows through his swing in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Minnesota baseball drops series, wins finale

March 16, 2021
It was another series featuring offensive struggles for the Gophers baseball team, but a defensive effort in the finale helped ignite enough offense to avoid a sweep.
Gophers men's basketball head coach Richard Pitino speaks with media at the new Athlete's Village basketball facilities on Monday. The team held their first practice at the new facility on Jan. 9, 2018.

Gophers’ Richard Pitino out after eight seasons

March 15, 2021
In eight seasons, Richard Pitino held a 141-123 overall record for the Gophers, but a 55-97 record in conference play.
The Gophers played Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The Gophers lost to the Buckeyes 75-79.

Gophers men’s basketball drops to Ohio State; season comes to an end

March 12, 2021
A late-game push gave Gophers fans hope, but Ohio State held on to crush the comeback.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers men’s basketball survives against Northwestern

March 11, 2021
A sloppy game from both ends, and a late surge from Marcus Carr, pushed Minnesota past Northwestern.
Episode 33: Gophers men's basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

Episode 33: Gophers men’s basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

March 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers' last three losses, the team's tournament hopes and whether John Beilein will be the next head coach of Minnesota.
Brandon Johnson rebounds the ball during the first quarter against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday Feb. 20. The Gophers lost with a final score of 63-94.

Carr’s effort not enough against Nebraska

February 27, 2021
The Gophers’ men's basketball tournament hopes continue to dwindle as they stay winless on the road.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. walks to the other end of the court during the second period against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20. Illinois beat the Gophers with a final score of 94-63.

Gophers men’s basketball drops fourth straight, tournament hopes diminish

February 26, 2021
Without their second and third-leading scorers, the Gophers played one of their worst games of the season.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. walks to the other end of the court during the second period against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20. Illinois beat the Gophers with a final score of 94-63.

Mashburn Jr. breaking out for Gophers

February 21, 2021
In just his first season, Jamal Mashburn Jr. has emerged as a key part of the Gophers men’s basketball team.
Gophers center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers’ first half lead turns into double-digit loss

February 18, 2021
Despite strong performances from Minnesota’s guards, the Gophers weren’t able to pick up their first road win despite another halftime lead.
Guard Gabe Kalscheur brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Gophers get hot late, upset No. 24 Purdue

February 12, 2021
It wasn’t a conventional way for Minnesota to come back, but the threes were falling late to push the Gophers men’s basketball to a win.
Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

February 11, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, their latest win against Nebraska, the team's difficulty shooting the three and what to expect on Thursday against Purdue.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Gophers top Nebraska, back in win column

February 9, 2021
It wasn’t pretty by any means, but the Gophers break out of losing skid with a 75-57 win over the Cornhuskers.
Gophers center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers’ road struggles show in loss to Rutgers

February 5, 2021
A slow start on the road wasn’t abnormal, and neither was the loss, however Minnesota kept the game close up until the buzzer.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr prepares to inbound the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Gophers men’s basketball continues to struggle on road after another double-digit loss

January 30, 2021
The Gophers are still waiting on their first road win of the season, losing to Purdue 62-81.
Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

January 30, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team's first home loss of the season to Maryland, the team's shooting struggles and what to expect on Saturday against Purdue.
Gophers forward Eric Curry challenges a defender at Williams Arena on Thursday, Dec. 10. The Gophers went on to defeat the Kansas City Roos 90-61.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Gophers basketball dominate at home, struggle on the road

January 29, 2021
Minnesota has shown they are a team with two personalities this year and will need to figure out how to win on the road.
Gophers forward Eric Curry challenges a defender at Williams Arena on Thursday, Dec. 10. The Gophers went on to defeat the Kansas City Roos 90-61.

Gophers men’s basketball drops first home game without a fight

January 23, 2021
The Gophers appeared to be half awake when the game started and failed to shoot their way back into the game.
Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

January 22, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, recaps the first 15 games of their season and looks ahead to the next stretch of Big Ten teams on the schedule.
Gophers Center Liam Robbins leaps for the ball at Williams Arena on Friday, Dec. 4. The Gophers went on to a 76-67 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

Gophers hand No. 7 Wolverines their first loss

January 16, 2021
Liam Robbins led the Gophers to a dominant victory to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr prepares to inbound the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Gophers ranked No. 21; Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the week

December 28, 2020
Marcus Carr was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the week and the Gophers cracked the top 25 for the first time in three years.
Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers ride Carr again in win

November 30, 2020
In an unusual back-to-back against LMU, Marcus Carr hit a go-ahead three pointer as Minnesota swept the Lions and improved to 3-0.
Guard Marcus Carr shoots through the opponents at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Carr leads Gophers to second straight win

November 28, 2020
Marcus Carr scored a game-leading 28 points with 22 coming in the first half to boost Gophers over the Lions.
Center Daniel Oturu leaps to block an opponent at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Gophers went on to defeat Cleveland State 85-50.

Clippers acquire Gophers’ Daniel Oturu in 2020 NBA draft

November 18, 2020
Oturu becomes the first Gopher selected in the NBA draft since Kris Humphries was taken No. 14 in the 2004 draft.
Gophers Head Coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Transfer Both Gach gains immediate eligibility

November 9, 2020
The Gophers’ final piece of their roster is set to make immediate impact after waiver.
Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69

Uncertainty hangs over Gophers’ basketball schedule

October 31, 2020
With under a month until the season starts, the Gophers, along with countless college basketball teams, are yet to know their schedules.
Junior Shane Wiskus performs on the rings during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Moran and Wiskus won’t give up on gymnastics program

September 24, 2020
The two upperclassmen have struggled with the idea of the program discontinuing but won’t just watch it happen.
Head Coach Mike Burns, left sits with Donte McKinney, middle, and Crew Bold during practice at Cooke Hall on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Men’s gymnastics program coming to an end

September 14, 2020
Gophers men’s gymnastics on the verge of final season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Big Ten football update

Big Ten football update

September 10, 2020
The start of the Big Ten football season is still unknown, but possible Thanksgiving and October start dates are being floated.
Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Dunlap Jr. stays on P.J. Fleck’s Boat

September 3, 2020

Just a day after entering the transfer portal, Gophers' starting right guard Curtis Dunlap Jr. will return to the team for the 2020 season. Though that start date is still up in the air, the Gophers and...

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Gophers’ Dunlap Jr. enters transfer portal

September 2, 2020

While the Gophers lost the majority of its defense to either graduation or the NFL Draft, the team expected to return its entire offensive line this upcoming season, until Tuesday.  The hope was for...

Gymnast Lexi Ramler poses on the beam in the Peik Gym on Thursday, Jan. 30. Ramler scored a perfect 10 in two consecutive weeks during meets against Rutgers and Illinois.

Without Peik Gym, women’s gymnastics finds alternatives to stay in shape

May 8, 2020

The shutdown of training facilities has been a roadblock for athletes across the country, and the Gophers' women's gymnastics team has not been immune to the challenges of training without the proper equipment....

Courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics.

Assistant coach Kostya Kolesnikov sits at the heart of men’s gymnastics program

April 30, 2020

Throughout his 15 seasons with the Gophers' men's gymnastics program, assistant coach Kostya Kolesnikov has developed strong connections with the gymnasts that have come through, stemming from a special...

The Gophers cheer for a teammate during their meet against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24. 

Left without access to facilities, Gophers gymnasts find creative ways to train

April 27, 2020

Without access to the practice facility in Cooke Hall, it hasn’t been easy for the Gophers men’s gymnastics team to stay in shape during the quarantine. But that hasn't stopped them from trying.  Despite...

Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars against Penn State at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 23, 2016.

Gopher alum Justin Karstadt makes the most out of delayed Olympics

April 20, 2020

Minnesota men's gymnastics alum Justin Karstadt has been away from the Gophers for over a year now, but he's still pursuing his goal of being an Olympian.  The 2019 graduate moved back home to Toronto...

Gophers' Shane Wiskus celebrates after completing a routine on the still rings at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Wiskus wins MVP to cap off accolade-studded season

April 18, 2020

After earning several All-American awards, Gophers junior Shane Wiskus was again recognized for this stellar season as the College Gymnastics Association named him the 2020 Most Valuable Player last week.  "It...