The Minnesota Daily

All content by Brian Hall

Sun Bowl snub would mean ‘U’ comes up $520,000 short

November 27, 2002

On Sept. 25, Minnesota's football team traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., and lost to Purdue. The defeat meant the Gophers would open the Big Ten season with a loss. Two months later, it appears the loss...

Stretch drive slump wearing on psyche of Gophers football team

November 21, 2002

Before each Minnesota football game, coach Glen Mason usually meets with the opposing coach and the two exchange pleasantries. But, according to the sixth-year Gophers coach, the talk in recent weeks has...

Gophers aim to keep grip on ax and keep rival Badgers home

November 20, 2002

They are two of the most celebrated rival trophies in all of college football and Minnesota must do battle for them in back-to-back weekends every fall. The Gophers will fight Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale...

Gophers drop third straight

November 18, 2002

Thousands of Hawkeyes fans stormed the Metrodome field following No. 5 Iowa's 45-21 victory over Minnesota on Saturday to celebrate their teams' share of the Big Ten title and a possible Rose Bowl birth. They...

Nimble feet help make Kuppe top tackle

November 14, 2002

His teammates call him "the phenomenon." Minnesota football coach Glen Mason has called him the "dancing bear." Quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq referred to him as the "gentle giant." All of which are nicknames...

Future of U sports teams could rest on local telethon

November 13, 2002

Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi and Save Gopher Sports fund-raising campaign members announced Tuesday they will hold a telethon to raise the remaining money to save the Minnesota men's and women's...

Special teams miscues cause Gophers to unravel in third quarter

November 11, 2002

Minnesota's football team entered halftime Saturday on the wrong end of a 14-point deficit against Michigan. At halftime, Gophers assistant coach Greg Hudson attempted to inspire the squad by giving a...

Gophers look to end 13-game losing streak at Wolverines’ hands

November 8, 2002

Forgive the players of Minnesota's football team if their memories are a little fuzzy when asked to recall the last time the Gophers have beaten Saturday's opponent, Michigan. "I am not too sure how long...

Injuries playing havoc on Gophers passing game

November 6, 2002

After blocking a first quarter punt Saturday, Minnesota's football team took over offensively at the Ohio State 30-yard line. Momentum on their side, the Gophers drove to the Buckeye 7-yard line. On third...

Punters on both sides besieged at the Horseshoe

November 4, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Saturday offered a quick glimpse of déjà vu for Minnesota's special team's terror Jermaine Mays. After the Gophers forced Ohio State to punt on its first possession, Mays...

Mays becomes special teams terror

October 31, 2002

Following Minnesota's football practice Wednesday, senior Jermaine Mays strolled through the halls of the Gibson-Nagurski football complex wearing an Ohio State football helmet. Mays was no longer in pads....

Strong defense keys Ohio State’s undefeated record

October 29, 2002

Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq received his wish. He and the rest of the Gophers football team watched last weekend as Ohio State narrowly defeated Penn State 13-7. The junior wanted a Buckeyes...

Gophers run Spartans into ground

October 21, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. - During Saturday's Minnesota-Michigan State football game, the Spartan Stadium public address announcer proudly proclaimed a sellout homecoming crowd of 74,232 people, the 24th-straight...

Gophers watching Spartans Rogers

October 17, 2002

David Lockwood had to see the play one more time. Minnesota's secondary coach, Lockwood sat in his office Tuesday afternoon preparing for the Gophers' upcoming opponent, Michigan State, by watching the...

Barber still trying to return from pulled hamstring

October 15, 2002

In most cases, the decision on hobbled tailback Marion Barber III would be clear for Minnesota's football team. The need or desire to redshirt the sophomore would be cut and dry. But, despite totaling...

Running game carries Gophers

October 11, 2002

>It was a sign of things to come as Minnesota's run defense was unable to contain the Wildcats' rushing offense and running back Jason Wright. Even when Northwestern was down by 24 in the fourth quarter...

Gophers’ young squad set to take on younger ‘Cats

October 10, 2002

Minnesota senior Antoine Burns witnessed the potential early. During two-a-day practices, he saw a group of young new starters with the talent to help the Gophers win right away, something which doesn't...

Banged up Gophers filling in the holes

October 7, 2002

It was early in the first quarter last Thursday and Illinois' football team was facing a third down with 12 yards to go on its first possession of the game. As Illini quarterback Jon Beutjer dropped back...

‘Flying Illini’ bring pass attack to Metrodome

October 3, 2002

Minnesota cornerback Mike Lehan can't recall the particular details of the Gophers' 25-14 loss in Champaign last season. Perhaps he doesn't want to remember the hurt Illini flanker Brandon Lloyd put on...

Gophers change practice schedule for short week

October 1, 2002

While most University students were waking up and getting ready for another long day of hitting the books, Minnesota's football team was hitting each other early Monday morning. Monday is normally a slow...

Gophers whiffing on big play chances too often

September 25, 2002

During the third quarter of Minnesota's football game against Buffalo last Saturday, junior Ben Utecht sprinted downfield without a defender within 10 yards of him. Quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq saw the...

Mason stirs Gophers out of early cruise control in 41-17 win

September 23, 2002

In most cases, Minnesota's football team would be happy following a 24-point win. Laughter and smiles should abound, and confidence should be riding high as the team heads into Big Ten play Saturday at...

Pushed around early, defense gets tough enough to win

September 16, 2002

Minnesota senior cornerback Mike Lehan was elated after Saturday's 31-21 victory over Toledo, saying it was one of his happiest moments as a member of the Gophers program. He compared the win his team's...

Utecht taking place among nation’s top tight ends

September 12, 2002

In July, Minnesota football coach Glen Mason addressed the media during the Big Ten football kickoff luncheon. He stated then he believed junior tight end Ben Utecht was the nation's best tight end. Now,...

Abdul-Khaliq embraced as Muslim, American

September 11, 2002

Following the events last Sept. 11, Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq, a devout Muslim, feared the repercussions or reactions he might face as people sought revenge for the terrorist attacks. Osama...

Not-so-special teams raise issues despite wins

September 10, 2002

M innesota football coach Glen Mason met with the Twin Cities media Sunday morning and reflected on his team's most recent victory, a 35-11 win at Louisiana-Lafayette. Early in the meeting, Mason stated...

Football players gather at memorial for Brandon Hall

September 6, 2002

The players who earlier had arrived by bus together and sat united during Brandon Hall's memorial mourned in their own ways as they spread out among empty Williams Arena seats. Tight end Ben Utecht, whose...

University football squad mourns death of teammate

September 4, 2002

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason and his players decided one way to help cope with teammate Brandon Hall's death was to come together as a team and draw on each other's strength. So with Monday off,...

Gophers open up offense in 42-0 whitewashing

September 3, 2002

Last season, Minnesota’s football team received a rude awakening to the college football season by being handed a 38-7 defeat at the hands of eventual Motor City Bowl champion Toledo. After only...

Nystrom overtakes Lohmiller for career points record

September 3, 2002

Minnesota kicker Dan Nystrom has faced a few ups and downs during his Gopher career. As a freshman, Nystrom kicked the game-winning field goal against then No. 2 Penn State in one of the biggest wins in...

Gophers football player killed during Minneapolis shooting

September 1, 2002

niversity football player Brandon Hall was fatally shot in downtown Minneapolis early Sunday morning, according to coach Glen Mason, who made the announcement at an 11:30 a.m. news conference. “Our...

Men’s track making final push

May 10, 2002

Minnesota men's track and field team hangs its hat on two meets every year, the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships. While other high-profile meets are important to the Gophers, they merely give athletes...

Women’s track hopes for top-three Big Ten finish

May 9, 2002

Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson has seen it all before. He recalls two seasons ago when the Gophers were only expected to score in the 70's at the Big Ten championships. Wilson's team...

Track teams split squads, look for top marks

May 3, 2002

At the Drake Relays last weekend, Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson talked about his team's mental makeup. He wondered if the recent travel schedule and class load was affecting his squad's...

Men’s track finishes with a flourish

April 29, 2002

DES MOINES, Iowa - Early Saturday morning Minnesota hammer thrower Lynden Reder pulled off his sweatshirt and stepped toward the throwing circle mumbling. Reder, who considers himself a student of the...

Harrigan makes U sprint history at Drake

April 29, 2002

DES MOINES, Iowa - Minnesota's women's track and field coach Gary Wilson stood at the northwest corner of the Jim Duncan Track at Drake University smiling like a proud father. "A sprint champion at Drake,...

Financial woes don’t deter Reder

April 25, 2002

It's a simple message, one Minnesota men's track and field athlete Lynden Reder takes to heart. He reminds himself of it everyday walking into his room when he sees the sign hanging on his door which states,...

Strong-willed Marks leads teammates

April 24, 2002

Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson received a phone call in April 1998 from Curtis Marks. Wilson had recruited Marks' daughter Shani to become a Gopher, but the coach was only able to...

Track teams enjoy solid mid-season performances

April 22, 2002

The Minnesota women's track and field team got a late start to its weekend in southern California, but jetlag didn't affect solid performances in three meets over the weekend. Minnesota arrived in California...

Fleet feet pace strong showing for men’s track

April 15, 2002

Minnesota's runners led a solid showing for the Gophers men's track and field at the Sea Ray Relays over the weekend. Minnesota's distance runners earned three top-five performances while the 4x800-meter...

Talented sprinter realizes All-America abilities

April 11, 2002

Minnesota women's track and field assistant coach Sidney Cartwright approached star sprinter Tahesia Harrigan before the 60-meter dash at March's NCAA indoor championships. He asked the sophomore whether...

Women’s relay team resets its own record mark again

April 9, 2002

It is beginning to sound like a broken record. Minnesota's women's track and field team once again set a school record in the 4x100-meter relay. The relay team of Amber Day, Shannaine Osbourne, Melissa...

Promising talent has men’s track eager to step outside

April 4, 2002

As Minnesota men's track and field coach Phil Lundin puts it, sophomore Mitch Potter is the "King of Dings." Potter has gone under the knife seven times, including surgery on each foot, and has suffered...

Women’s track gets shot at steeplechase event this season

April 2, 2002

Minnesota senior Victoria Moses has run in the NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field championships. She earned top ten finishes in the 10,000 and 5,000-meter runs. During the 2002 indoor season, she...

Women’s track heating up early in outdoor season

March 29, 2002

While most people enjoy the warm weather Minnesota has been presented with the past few days, the sunshine means it is time to get to work for Minnesota's women's track and field teams. Coach Gary Wilson...

Abdul-Khaliq one of few certainties for U football

March 26, 2002

It didn't take Minnesota football coach Glen Mason long to outline his key objectives Monday as the Gophers enter spring practice. Mason diagramed five items, expanding the offense, evaluation of talent,...

Holman scores 22, exorcises Big Ten Tourney demons

March 14, 2002

Following Minnesota's loss to Illinois in the second round of last week's Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, senior Travarus Bennett and junior-transfer Jerry Holman sat and discussed the game. Bennett...

Questions of pride only ones left for men’s hoops in NIT

March 13, 2002

On Tuesday afternoon, with the anxiety of an unknown postseason fate gone and the frustration of Sunday's selection snub behind it, Minnesota's men's basketball team focused on the task at hand, the National...

Co-captain Burleson paces men’s hoops 84-60 victory

March 8, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - Minnesota point guard Kevin Burleson calmly walked the ball up the court with just over 11 minutes remaining in the Gophers opening game of the Big Ten tournament. Penn State had finished...

Men’s hoops heads into next must-win game

March 7, 2002

Freshman Maurice Hargrow is yawning underneath a hoop in Williams Arena, as is fellow rookie Aaron Robinson five feet away. Sophomore Michael Bauer is sitting in a front-row seat complaining about an upcoming...