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Gopher killer Ferentz extended through 2015

February 13, 2009

Iowa head football coach Kirk Firentz is staying at the school through 2015, the school announced Thursday.  The details of the contract have yet to be disclosed, but a school official told...

Court strikes down NCAA negotiation bylaw

February 13, 2009

An Ohio judge's ruling Thursday could massively change the shape of college athlete-professional contract negotiations. The judge ruled that an NCAA bylaw "which renders a student-athlete ineligible...

NCAA disallows six flavors of vitaminwater

February 5, 2009

There are 15 flavors of vitaminwater, but 6 could get a student-athlete in trouble with the NCAA. The flavors are not allowed because they either include banned or impermissible ingredients like caffeine....

Vaunted Buckeye athletic department heading south

February 4, 2009

Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith told media outlets earlier this week that his department is heading toward the red - largely because of decreased men's basketball revenues.  To help compensate,...

Ex-Indiana coach appealing NCAA penalty

January 27, 2009

Word out of Indianapolis is that embattled ex-Hoosier head coach Kelvin Sampson is appealing a penalty assessed to him by the NCAA last year, the Indy Star reports this morning.   Sampson,...

Conference makes push for automatic inclusion in BCS

January 27, 2009

It was only a matter of time.  The Mountain West Conference is ready to make its case in front of BCS head honchos as to why its teams should be granted an automatic bid in the postseason system,...

NCAA 3-point line rule yielding little change

January 26, 2009

Besides an extra, and annoying, arc being visible on courts,  it doesn't look like the NCAA's decision to move back the three-point line 12 inches in men's basketball has had much of an effect.  We're...

Football Spring Game could be outdoors

January 23, 2009

The Gopher football team's annual Spring Game could be played outdoors this time around, football sports information director Andy Seeley told the Daily in an e-mail Friday.  The event, scheduled...

ESPN: Gophers 33rd best football program in history

January 23, 2009

Image source: University of Minnesota Here's some rhetorical ammunition for a future edition of the Gopher-Badger debate:  The Gophers football program is ranked ahead of the Badgers, albeit by...

Athletics department’s finances holding up so far

January 22, 2009

The University athletics department won't know if it comes in over or under its budget until the fiscal year ends in June, but spokesman Garry Bowman told me in an e-mail this morning that numbers so far...

Wash. recruiting gaffe could incur penalty for school

January 21, 2009

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that a football recruit, Desmond Trufant (brother of Seahawks' corner Marcus Trufant for all you sports fans out there), was welcomed to the University of Washington's...

Mich. might get what Tubby wants

January 20, 2009

Yes, Allen Iverson. We're talking about practice.  The University of Michigan yesterday announced plans for a $23 million basketball practice facility, and it's well known that Tubby Smith has asked...

NCAA president has cancer

January 17, 2009

The AP just reported that NCAA President Myles Brand said in a statement to colleagues that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer.  The announcment explains why he was not able to attend...

7th graders considered basketball prospects

January 16, 2009

The NCAA is holding its annual convention in D.C. and one novel item jumped off the page at me more than others: The association now classifies 7th graders as prospects.  The Division I Legislative...

Men’s B-Ball student season tickets sold out

January 13, 2009

Perusing around the online ticket office this morning I came across a notice that men's basketball student season tickets are sold out.  I've attended some games at Williams Arena growing up...

Bowl games weathered economic turmoil

January 12, 2009

USA Today reported a couple of days ago that bowl attendance this season was down just 1 percent - despite the economy and increased criticism against the bowl system.  The folks at NBC Sports...

Newly named School of Music director seeks community engagement

July 23, 2008

The University found a candidate that's music to its ears. David Myers , a professor of music and associate director of the school of music at Georgia State University , was named director of the School...

More financial relief could be on horizon for veterans

July 9, 2008

When President George W. Bush signed into law the post-9/11 GI Bill last month , many lauded the moment as historic for veterans. At the same time, legislators in Congress were discussing a bill that would...

‘U’ pulls out of Victoria’s Secret apparel deal over image concerns

June 25, 2008

Goldy Gopher won't be appearing on scantily clad supermodel mannequins anytime soon. Despite previous reports, the University will not take part in the upcoming Victoria's Secret PINK Collegiate Collection...

‘U’ community reacts to Big Ten Network, Comcast deal

June 25, 2008

Last week , the Big Ten Network and Comcast struck a deal that will put the channel on expanded basic cable in August until at least spring 2009. The network was not available on Minneapolis' only franchise...

Bruininks talks light rail, UMore

June 18, 2008

>University President Bob Bruininks sat down with the Daily Monday in Morrill Hall for the first time this summer, to talk about the future of area businesses and the TCF Bank Stadium's new Gopher Points...

Maturi: Mission accomplished?

June 11, 2008

When Notre Dame's athletic director left for the same post at Duke May 31, Notre Dame alumnus and University Athletics Director Joel Maturi was immediately rumored by some media to be a possible replacement....

Researchers aim to end injections for Type 1 diabetes patients

May 9, 2008

University researchers are launching a clinical trial that may aid a widespread attempt to end insulin injections for some Type 1 diabetes patients. The University's Diabetes Institute for Immunology and...

Appeal filed by Jimmy Williams’ attorneys

May 6, 2008

Attorneys for Jimmy Williams, the former Gophers assistant basketball coach, filed an appeal on Friday in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The filing came in response to the trial court's dismissal of the...

Wrestlers need better hygiene

April 30, 2008

A herpes outbreak last year shut down the Minnesota high school wrestling circuit for a week, and the NCAA is now considering measures to prevent such an outbreak at the collegiate level. The proposed...

Athletics dept. awaits self-study results

April 28, 2008

As far as University athletics officials are concerned, the information is in, the feedback has been weighed and now it's time to wait. In a recertification self-study submitted to the NCAA last week,...

Athletes’ courses scrutinized

April 17, 2008

With fall registration underway, University student-athletes are choosing courses and planning majors - a process the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, or COIA, said might need more scrutiny. In...

Sports Eligibility

April 15, 2008

With the first day of the spring signing period for men's college basketball just a day away, fans across the country are starting to look forward to next year's squads. However, without student-athletes...

University rethinks message behind ‘Brew’s Crew’ shirts, decides to sell again

April 4, 2008

The University's ban on "Brew's Crew" apparel production has worn out. Last spring, the University banned the football booster club's "Brew's Crew" shirts because of possible alcohol connotations, but...

Campus shuttle incident leaves two with minor injuries

April 4, 2008

Two people were treated for minor injuries Thursday morning after a Campus Shuttle struck a sign when it swerved off the road to avoid another vehicle on the transitway. The incident happened at 11:18...

TCF Bank Stadium fundraising on track

April 1, 2008

With $10.5 million left to raise for TCF Bank Stadium, University officials are preparing to launch a statewide, grassroots fundraising effort that will complement current initiatives. The campaign, which...

Workers shed light on stadium building process

March 13, 2008

Scott Nemetz recently bought Gopher football season tickets for the team's inaugural season at TCF Bank Stadium. He also just helped pour a concrete deck at the stadium site. What's the reason for this...

Stadium plans include HD video boards

March 10, 2008

In 2003, the Big Ten started using an instant-replay system in its conference football games. Thanks to a new contract between the University and Daktronics, in 2009, fans at TCF Bank Stadium will view...

Green Party caucus prefers Cynthia McKinney for president

March 5, 2008

While Tuesday night meant Republican John McCain secured his party's presidential nomination and the two Democrats duked it out for delegates in Ohio and Texas, locally it meant an opportunity for the...

Details of student recognition worked out

March 3, 2008

.The horseshoe shape of TCF Bank Stadium has become more apparent over recent months with the installation of steel beams. At the same time, University officials and the Stadium Advisory Committee have...

Big Ten Network battles for hockey games

February 25, 2008

Mechanical engineering junior Joe Udvari usually invites friends to his apartment to cheer on the Gophers men's hockey team. Friday night, that wasn't an option. Friday's game was carried exclusively on...