The Minnesota Daily

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Oregon’s Clemens shines in Sun Bowl

January 1, 2004

.EL PASO, Texas - It didn't take long for Minnesota defensive coordinator Greg Hudson to realize what his defense was up against in the 2003 Sun Bowl on Wednesday afternoon. Midway through the game's opening...

Sun Bowl will pit the same two teams from 1999 game

December 12, 2003

The game won't be played in the location Minnesota's football team had hoped for. And its opponent won't be from the conference of preference. But for all the would'ves and could'ves left unanswered since...

Maturi, Fox yet to meet regarding Alamo snub

December 9, 2003

The question of exactly why the Alamo Bowl decided to select Michigan State over Minnesota will remain with Athletics Director Joel Maturi for at least one more day. The discussion between Minnesota's...

U’s Mason, Hudson being mentioned elsewhere

December 5, 2003

In hindsight, Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi saw it coming. Immediately after the Gophers football team concluded its regular season Nov. 15, Maturi made it a priority sit down with coach Glen...

Maroney named Big Ten frosh of the year

November 26, 2003

Never one to suffer from a lack of confidence in himself, Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney admitted even he was surprised when he received a call on his cell phone late Tuesday morning informing...

Gophers runners 26th at chilly national meet

November 25, 2003

Minnesota coach Steve Plasencia hesitated for a moment, then shrugged his shoulders when asked what he thought of his team's 26th-place finish Monday at the NCAA Division I cross country championships. "It...

Gophers runners to make trip to NCAAs despite doubt

November 24, 2003

It was shortly after midnight Nov. 16 when Minnesota cross country runner Luke Mullranin returned home to his Minneapolis apartment, physically and emotionally drained. A few hours later, Mullranin was...

Loss at Iowa likely means no New Year’s Day bowl

November 18, 2003

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi stood on the field shaking hands with Minnesota football players. Many Gophers...

Win at Iowa slips away from Gophers

November 17, 2003

For a few brief seconds in the second quarter of Minnesota's 40-22 loss against Iowa on Saturday, the 70,397 fans at Kinnick Stadium went quiet as running back Laurence Maroney burst through a pile of...

Gophers mirror Iowa team of a year ago

November 14, 2003

All week long, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has racked his brain to find a way to contain Minnesota's rushing attack. While some of Ferentz's Big Ten counterparts might suggest he would be better off...

QB Kamrath takes the snaps, and the praise

November 11, 2003

Ten minutes after Rhys Lloyd's game-winning kick sailed through the Metrodome uprights for a dramatic 37-34 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday, Minnesota football players were still celebrating. Fans clad...

Badgers exhibit rare air attack

November 10, 2003

If it had not been for the estimated 35,000 Badgers fans who turned sections of the Metrodome into seas of red and the presence of Wisconsin's marching band on the sideline, it would have been easy to...

Utecht just fine with blocking role on football team

November 6, 2003

A smirk emerged on Ben Utecht's face when the question came up - almost as if he'd been waiting all year to hear it. So Ben, how would you evaluate the first 10 games of your 2003 season? The smirk quickly...

‘Biggest game’ awaits football team

November 5, 2003

Minnesota senior linebacker Ben West is already making the necessary preparations for Saturday's game against Wisconsin. And not just on the practice field or in the film room. A native of Appleton, Wis.,...

Gophers spread the wealth in big win

November 3, 2003

By now, opponents of Minnesota's football team can basically expect that the Gophers will find a way to put their share of points on the scoreboard. Minnesota scored more than 40 points for the sixth time...

Well-traveled LoVecchio fitting in at Indiana

October 31, 2003

At 18 years old, Matt LoVecchio was living the dream. Just three months removed from Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey, LoVecchio began the 2000 football season as Notre Dame's third-string quarterback....

Mason gives players an extra day off

October 28, 2003

Minnesota is probably the last team in the Big Ten that should have any kind of complaint about its schedule. By virtue of the conference's rotating scheduling process, the Gophers have the good fortune...

Maroney shows Illini coaches what they missed

October 27, 2003

Smiles abounded in the visitors' locker room of Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Minnesota football players congratulated each other on a much-needed 36-10 victory over Illinois. But there was...

Mason notches 100th career coaching victory

October 27, 2003

Minnesota coach Glen Mason admitted he had forgotten about it. Luckily for him, his team didn't. After two unsuccessful attempts in previous weeks against Michigan and Michigan State, Mason earned the...

Patterson stays patient, puts up big numbers

October 23, 2003

Tony Patterson was not about to say anything, but the frustration was palpable. Minnesota football coach Glen Mason could sense it brewing in his fifth-year wide receiver without ever hearing a word. So...

Gophers hope to avoid trend of season-ending losses

October 21, 2003

Heading into the final month of the regular season, Minnesota's football team finds itself in an uncomfortably familiar position. Saturday's loss to Michigan State leaves the Gophers with a 6-2 overall...

Spartans top Gophers in a shootout

October 20, 2003

Minnesota football players had to wait seven days for a chance to get back on the field and avenge their fourth-quarter collapse against Michigan. But the Gophers had to wait just six seconds Saturday...

Smoker, Spartans fight back to the top

October 17, 2003

Even when his future appeared as though it couldn't get any bleaker, Jeff Smoker maintained a quiet confidence in himself. Surrounded by a Michigan State football program caught up in negative distractions...

Football players eager for another chance

October 15, 2003

In the moments following the Gophers' 38-35 loss to Michigan last Friday night, an emotional Asad Abdul-Khaliq predicted the tears probably would not stop until Tuesday. After three days to reflect and...

Large crowd witnesses large Michigan comeback

October 13, 2003

It was an innocent mistake. Early in the second quarter of Minnesota's Big Ten bout against Michigan on Friday night, the sound technicians at the Metrodome accidentally followed a Gophers first down by...

Little Brown Jug on the line Friday

October 9, 2003

Based strictly on wins and losses, the Minnesota-Michigan football rivalry would hardly be considered one of the best in college football. But in terms of tradition, it ranks right near the top. Michigan...

Gophers’ turnover margin third in the Big Ten

October 7, 2003

For members of the Minnesota football coaching staff, it's a chance to get in on the action while reinforcing an important lesson. For players, the lesson has been more beneficial than they could have...

Big plays push U to comeback win

October 6, 2003

Any one of the 105 players on Minnesota's football roster might want to consider mailing Northwestern cornerback Jeff Backes a thank-you card this week. The sophomore's seemingly innocent misstep was just...

Northwestern’s Wright is an NCAA unknown

October 3, 2003

It hardly ever fails. When the name Jason Wright comes up in a conversation anywhere outside of Evanston, Ill., someone invariably asks the question - or at least thinks to himself - Jason who? For those...

Jackson left out of U’s running-back action

September 30, 2003

Terry Jackson II waited patiently on Minnesota's sideline during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Penn State. The junior running back, who led the team in rushing last season with 1,317 yards,...

Football sticks with what works

September 29, 2003

All week, Minnesota football players and coaches hinted there would be more to see from the Gophers' offense in Saturday's game against Penn State. This was supposed to be the game when coach Glen Mason...

Ellerson sees more playing time

September 25, 2003

It was early one morning in June when Jared Ellerson saw the light. He proceeded to crawl out of bed, get dressed and make the one-mile trip from his University Village apartment to the Bierman athletic...

Quick scoring starts vital to U’s success

September 23, 2003

Start fast, finish faster. Following that strategy would seem to give any team a pretty good chance to win. But in the case of Minnesota's football team, the process has been refined a step further. In...

Gophers score early, often in 48-14 rout

September 22, 2003

Minnesota approached its final nonconference game of the season against Louisiana-Lafayette as a final tune-up for the Big Ten season. Judging from its performance Saturday night against the Cajuns, Minnesota...

Cajuns are final tune-up for U football

September 19, 2003

At this point in a normal 11-game collegiate football schedule, Minnesota would be gearing up for its first real test of the season against a Big Ten opponent. But with an extra nonconference game on the...

Fumbles dampen Barber’s record-tying day

September 16, 2003

Minnesota running back Marion Barber III answered questions outside of the visitor's locker room in Ohio's Peden Stadium on Saturday evening, wearing his usual straight face. There was nothing particularly...

Gophers defense down, then up against Ohio

September 15, 2003

Just when it looked as if Minnesota's defense was finally coming together, it surrendered 14 points in the first half of Saturday's game against Ohio. In the Gophers' previous two games, the defense only...

Abdul-Khaliq hopes the best win is yet to come

September 11, 2003

Midway through the third quarter of Saturday's game against Troy State, Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq jogged lightly toward the sideline, unbuttoned his chin strap and exchanged congratulatory...

Maroney seeing valuable special teams play

September 9, 2003

More than anything else, Minnesota freshman running back Laurence Maroney remembers one thing in particular from all the football games he's watched - the way players on special teams throw their bodies...

Gophers trounce Troy State 48-7

September 8, 2003

Complaints from anybody on the Minnesota football roster were hard to find late Saturday night after the Gophers wrapped up their second blowout victory in the past two weeks. Spurred by a dominant performance...

Troy State football road tested at Division I-A

September 5, 2003

It's been a long and winding road for coach Larry Blakeney and Troy State's football team the past two years - literally. Since making the jump to Division I-A competition prior to the 2001 season, the...

Utecht getting his kicks as first-string punter

September 3, 2003

Ben Utecht has been showcasing his talent in the Gophers' passing game for years. But Saturday night the tight end, named a 2003 preseason All-American by Athlon and College Football News, displayed his...

Streak of six NCAA appearances on the line

September 2, 2003

A quick glance at the 2002 season recap for Minnesota's men's cross country team would make it seem like the Gophers had it all figured out. The team climbed as high as 13th in the national polls and earned...

Minnesota’s running game is a triple threat and then some

September 2, 2003

Tulsa head football coach Steve Kragthorpe was fortunate enough to have a front-row seat for the rushing exhibition put on by Minnesota on Saturday night at the Metrodome. Although Kragthorpe probably...

Monson finally able to recruit like the others

August 18, 2003

When Dan Monson hit the road the morning of July 8, it marked a new beginning for Minnesota's men's basketball program. Not to mention a long-awaited end. July 8 was the first day of the 2003 NCAA basketball...

Hehn one of four U athletes competing at World Games

August 18, 2003

For Keri Hehn, every lap in the pool, every rep in the weight room and every ounce of energy she's ever devoted to the sport of swimming paid off in one special moment earlier this summer. It was the day...

Steele wins NCAA 400 m title

August 18, 2003

The blink of an eye. The snap of a finger. Six thousandths of a second. That was the difference between being a national champion and being second best in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA track and...

‘Ms.’ logo no longer an option for U athletic teams

August 18, 2003

It's just a coffee mug, but to Minnesota's women's swimming coach Jean Freeman it serves as a constant reminder. "Things do not change," an inscription on the mug in her office reads. "We do." Not so long...

Steele, Potter well-traveled

August 18, 2003

Minnesota sprinters Mitch Potter and Adam Steele have earned their share of frequent flyer miles this summer. Since competing in the NCAA championships in Sacramento, Calif., two months ago, Potter and...

Big Ten to experiment with instant replay

August 18, 2003

Beginning this season, the Big Ten will experiment with a behind-the-scenes instant replay system to test the consequences replay might have on the college game and its officiating, Big Ten Commissioner,...

Campers enjoy J’s strict coaching ways

August 18, 2003

More than 100 bodies lay strewn about on mats inside the Bierman athletic complex on a muggy July afternoon, most of them motionless. A few kids sit up and joke quietly. Some listen to music. Most are...

Boone feels right at home in summer Pulley League

August 4, 2003

For Rene Pulley, there's nothing new about seeing Adam Boone outsmart his opponents on the basketball court. He's been watching it happen for more than a decade. Boone, projected to be the starting point...

Martens ready to dive into new coaching position

August 4, 2003

During his time as a diving coach in Australia, Mike Martens coached three Olympic athletes, six world junior finalists and 13 junior national champions. But despite all his success Down Under, Martens...

Optimism high for football Gophers

July 28, 2003

Seven months have passed since Minnesota's football team concluded its 2002 season with a 29-14 victory over Arkansas in the Music City Bowl. In that time, countless references have been made to the fact...

Campers experience J’s strict wrestling ways

July 21, 2003

More than 100 bodies lay strewn about on mats inside the Bierman athletic complex Tuesday evening, most of them motionless. A few kids sit up and joke quietly. Some listen to music. Most are too exhausted...

Marshall retires after 4 decades of training

July 21, 2003

For a guy who had never heard of Minnesota and never intended to become an athletics trainer, Jim Marshall had quite a career. After 42 years as a trainer and administrative services coordinator in the...

Simon says: golf

July 14, 2003

His professional career is barely a month old, but already former Minnesota men's golfer Simon Nash has gotten a taste of life on the PGA Tour. And it's been bitter. After carding a one-under-par 69 in...

Monson ready to recruit with fewer NCAA, U restrictions

July 7, 2003

When Dan Monson hits the road Tuesday morning, it will mark a new beginning for Minnesota's men's basketball team. Not to mention a long-awaited end. Tuesday is the first day of the 2003 NCAA basketball...

‘Ms.’ women’s logo goes into retirement after athletics merger

July 7, 2003

It's just a coffee mug, but to Minnesota's women's swimming coach Jean Freeman it serves as a constant reminder. "Things do not change," an inscription on the mug in her office reads. "We do." Not so long...

Pulley League allows hoops players to keep skills fresh

June 30, 2003

It's not where you'd expect to find some of the most talented basketball players of the Twin Cities. But rather than spending the offseason in state-of-the-art weight rooms or shooting buckets on freshly...

Rickert chosen by Timberwolves in 2nd round

June 30, 2003

Even with all the question marks surrounding Rick Rickert in the weeks that led up to Thursday's NBA draft, no one could question his optimism. Since making his April decision to leave Minnesota after...

Rickert’s draft position up in the air

June 23, 2003

Based on past decisions in his young but eventful basketball career, it's a safe bet to say Rick Rickert is a gambling man. Two years ago, the Duluth, Minn., native opted out of a verbal commitment and...

Buffalo takes Vanek with fifth overall pick

June 23, 2003

Thomas Vanek made a name for himself at the 2003 NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. Now, Minnesota's star left wing might make his living on the very same ice. The Buffalo Sabres selected Vanek with the...

Humphries commits to U

June 16, 2003

Last Friday, William Humphries offered four words of wisdom regarding the intentions of his son Kris. "Just wait 'til Tuesday," Humphries said. For the University basketball program and Gopher fans everywhere,...

‘Steele-ing’ a victory: U junior wins NCAA title

June 16, 2003

The blink of an eye. The snap of a finger. Six thousandths of a second. That was the difference between being a national champion and being second best in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA track and...

Recruit Humphries still undecided on university

June 16, 2003

For a guy who is considered such a sure thing by many in the college basketball world, there certainly are a lot of questions surrounding Kris Humphries. After making a verbal commitment last spring and...

An ‘A’ for Appert: Oakland drafts U second baseman

June 9, 2003

If it were up to him, Luke Appert might have spent one more summer discussing the details of his upcoming fall schedule at the University. Instead, he is ironing out the details of his first professional...

Jones verbally commits for 2004 volleyball season

June 9, 2003

In December, Minnesota's volleyball team completed its most successful season in program history by winning its first Big Ten title and reaching the sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Less than six months...

Men’s track claims Big Ten outdoor title

May 27, 2003

Minnesota's men's track and field team reclaimed its status as the conference's best team a week ago by winning the Big Ten outdoor championships in record-setting fashion. Competing on their home track...

Men’s golf set for NCAAs

May 27, 2003

A month ago, David Morgan narrowly won a playoff against teammate Ben Greve to determine the fifth and final spot on Minnesota's men's golf team. Last weekend at the NCAA central regional in Manhattan,...

Greve waiting patiently for chance to crack top-five

May 6, 2003

Minnesota junior Ben Greve knows he's in some pretty select company. He is one of only 11 golfers in the country who can say they play for the defending national champion Gophers. But Greve might have...

Another Big Ten comeback for men’s golf

May 5, 2003

Minnesota's men's golf team entered Sunday's final round at the 2003 Big Ten championships trailing tournament leader Illinois by six strokes. But the Gophers couldn't have felt better about their chances...

Experience-filled men’s golf team heads to Big Ten tournament

May 2, 2003

With four golfers ranked among the 100 best collegiate players in the country, Minnesota's men's golf team isn't exactly lacking in talent. And though the 14th-ranked Gophers have gone the entire spring...

Petsinger tops women’s golf returnees

April 29, 2003

When your team finishes in last place at the most important tournament of the season - as Minnesota's women's golf team did at the 2002 Big Ten championships - it doesn't exactly leave players and coaches...

Women’s golf improves two spots

April 28, 2003

All season long, Minnesota women's golf coach Katie Weiss has anticipated the Gophers' return to the Big Ten championships for the chance to measure her team's improvement from a year ago. Sophomore Terra...

Men’s golf enduring season of enhanced foes

April 23, 2003

Brad James sat in his office at the Bierman Athletic Building on Tuesday afternoon trying his best to relax in the half hour he had to himself before practice started. James, Minnesota's men's golf coach,...

Choosing Gophers over foes paying off for Stordahl

April 17, 2003

It was barely more than a year ago when Karyn Stordahl first faced what she knew would be a life-changing decision. After hearing former University President Mark Yudof announce last April the women's...

Another disappointing weekend carded by men’s golf

April 15, 2003

Another week gone by, another tournament, and another finish in the middle of the pack for Minnesota's men's golf team. The defending national champion Gophers, currently ranked 14th in the nation, finished...

Baseball tames Lions, moves conference record to perfect 10-0 on year

April 14, 2003

Minnesota's baseball team is quietly establishing itself as one of the best in the country, but its early-season dominance of conference opponents has reverberated loud and clear throughout the Big Ten. The...

Men’s golfers not concerned with slow spring start

April 8, 2003

A quick glance at the finishes of Minnesota's men's golf team in its last two tournaments won't reveal anything particularly encouraging. After starting the spring season with an impressive second-place...

Elimination talk in the past, women’s golf team eyeing quick comeback

April 3, 2003

Katie Weiss has been the head coach of Minnesota's women's golf team for nearly eight months, but it's not as if she's had much time to relax since accepting the job. Weiss inherited a program marked for...

Men’s hoops advances to NIT Final 4

March 28, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team won its third straight game and kept its postseason run alive with a 63-58 overtime victory against Temple on Thursday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Minnesota...

Women’s hockey looks for stronger finish next year

March 26, 2003

After enduring another forgettable performance by Minnesota's women's hockey team at the NCAA Frozen Four last weekend, head coach Laura Halldorson decided to take a day off Monday - probably in part to...

For second-straight season, women’s hockey winless in Frozen Four

March 24, 2003

FDULUTH, Minn. or Ronda Curtin and Winny Brodt, this wasn't the way things were supposed to end. Heading into the NCAA Frozen Four over the weekend at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, the...

Wendell’s return not enough to spark an NCAA victory

March 24, 2003

FDULUTH, Minn. or weeks, head coach Laura Halldorson and the rest of Minnesota's women's hockey team waited anxiously for the game when star forward Krissy Wendell would return to the lineup. The Gophers...

Women’s hockey all but set for Frozen

March 13, 2003

Although hockey is primarily a winter sport, Laura Halldorson has gotten used to seeing her teams play well into the month of March. Since Halldorson's arrival as head coach of Minnesota's women's hockey...

Wendell to be ready in time for Frozen Four

March 12, 2003

It was a sight Minnesota's women's hockey team has been waiting more than a month to see. Krissy Wendell emerged from the Gophers' locker room in full pads Tuesday afternoon and stepped on to the Ridder...

Women’s hockey unable to solve Bulldogs

March 10, 2003

MGRAND FORKS, N.D. - innesota-Duluth head coach Shannon Miller called her team's rivalry with Minnesota the best in women's college hockey. The Gophers' Laura Halldorson doesn't disagree, but her enthusiasm...

Clarke posts solid tourney numbers for Gophers

March 10, 2003

IGRAND FORKS, N.D. - t's hard to find the silver lining when you've just surrendered your title as the reigning WCHA tournament champion to your archrival. But that's exactly the task Minnesota women's...

Women’s hockey faces Badgers in big game

March 7, 2003

This time around, Laura Halldorson and Mark Johnson aren't expecting any surprises. The respective head coaches of Minnesota's and Wisconsin's women's hockey teams meet for the fifth time this season (and...

Clarke making strides for women’s hockey

March 5, 2003

Kelsey Bills made the decision shortly after her team's pre-game meal Saturday afternoon to say something to teammate La Toya Clarke. As an alternate captain on Minnesota's women's hockey team, Bills knew...

Women’s hockey splits with streaking Badgers

March 3, 2003

MMIDDLETON, Wis. - innesota's women's hockey team traveled to Wisconsin last Thursday with a chance to solidify its spot as one of the top teams in the country heading into the postseason. By Saturday...

Streaking Badgers give postseason feel to Border Battle

February 28, 2003

The WCHA women's tournament doesn't start until next Thursday, but for Minnesota and Wisconsin, the playoff atmosphere has already arrived. The Gophers and Badgers are in the unique situation of playing...

Oonincx leaving women’s hockey for St. Cloud State

February 26, 2003

The clouded future of Minnesota women's hockey forward Kristy Oonincx became a whole lot clearer Tuesday afternoon when the sophomore revealed her plans to leave the team and transfer to St. Cloud State...

Women’s hockey looks to surge into postseason

February 21, 2003

At the beginning of each season, Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson sets the same three goals for her team. Win the WCHA regular-season title, win the conference tournament and win the national...

Bills, Brodt key in unlocking women’s hockey depth

February 19, 2003

During the ride back from Duluth on Saturday night, Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson was given a handwritten note passed up from the back of the team bus. The note politely requested the...

Duluth series ends on high note for women’s hockey

February 17, 2003

M innesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson said last week she thought the Gophers' weekend series at No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth could be a positive turning point in her team's season. Thanks to some...

Double trouble: Injuries and Duluth will test Gophers

February 14, 2003

It doesn't happen very often, but this weekend is one of those rare instances when Minnesota's women's hockey team heads into its series as the underdog. When you've won more than 82 percent of your games...

No suspension for Buckeye who broke Wendell’s clavicle

February 13, 2003

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday afternoon that Ohio State's Heather Farrell would not be suspended for the hit that broke the collarbone of Minnesota forward Krissy Wendell...

Questionable hit puts Wendell on shelf for season

February 11, 2003

Minnesota women's hockey star forward Krissy Wendell broke her collarbone Saturday night against Ohio State and will be out for the remainder of the regular season. She will be re-evaluated by team physicians...