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Revamped defense should make Music City interesting

December 15, 2004

Rolling into Nashville, Tenn., with a new defensive coordinator and a few position changes, Minnesota's football team will look very different defensively for the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl than it did during...

Grier’s transition keys team’s second half

December 13, 2004

Minnesota's basketball team now officially has a "one-man fast break." In the midst of Minnesota's late 18-0 run Saturday against Central Michigan, Gophers junior guard Vincent Grier made two high-flying...

Hudson departs Gophers for good

December 13, 2004

Minnesota strong safety Justin Fraley didn't even get to say goodbye to his defensive coordinator Friday, finding Greg Hudson's office cleared. Hudson left the team Friday to interview for an assistant...

Minnesota’s opponent just happy to be back in the postseason

December 8, 2004

Alabama football offensive tackle Wesley Britt's body has taken a beating this season - the 6-foot-8-inch, 300-pound senior played with the pain of a serious foot injury in Alabama's final two games against...

Georgia Invite no problem for Minnesota

December 6, 2004

Like the entire Florida State men's swimming and diving team, Minnesota junior swimmer Adam Mitchell was shaved and tapered for the Georgia Invitational. Mitchell, who said he was hoping for NCAA bids...

‘Bama named Music City foe

December 6, 2004

Alabama athletics director Mal Moore accepted the Music City Bowl's invitation Saturday, setting up a New Year's Eve matchup in Nashville, Tenn., with Minnesota's football team. Moore and Alabama (6-5)...

Gophers return to Georgia Invitational with Bulldogs, Florida State waiting

December 3, 2004

Minnesota men's swimming and diving coach Dennis Dale said Florida State has shaved and tapered early in preparation to swim against the Gophers and the rest of the field at the Georgia Invitational in...

Student by day, janitor by night, traveler in life

December 3, 2004

Smoking a cigarette and leaning over a thick math book, University janitor and student Johannse Eshete is fully at home in the Purple Onion Cafe in Dinkytown, where he's become a familiar fixture. When...

Peach Bowl sets table for Minnesota-Alabama showdown

December 1, 2004

It looks very likely that Minnesota's football team will play Alabama in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 in Nashville, Tenn. The Peach Bowl committee voted Tuesday to take Florida over Alabama, assuming...

Music City to welcome Gophers

November 29, 2004

While flying back from Anchorage, Alaska, late Saturday night, a pilot told Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi that Hawaii's football team had upset Northwestern, 49-41. Sunday morning, a few hours...

Gophers’ bowl fate hinges on Wildcats

November 23, 2004

Ken Hoffman and the Motor City Bowl officials will be watching Northwestern's game Saturday in Hawaii very carefully. Hoffman, the executive director of the Motor City Bowl, said that if Northwestern wins,...

Gophers men roll on at Minnesota Invite

November 22, 2004

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team nearly doubled its nearest competition after the first day of the Minnesota Invitational. But coach Dennis Dale wasn't satisfied, he said. "Our relays were subpar,"...

Gophers play host to Minnesota Invitational today through Sunday at Aquatic Center

November 19, 2004

Senior Minnesota women's swimmer Katy Coombe thought about it for a few seconds and then concluded. "I think we'll surprise ourselves," Coombe predicted of her 200-yard freestyle relay team's debut. "But...

Minnesota’s bowl game in others’ hands

November 16, 2004

Attention Minnesota football fans planning on traveling to a bowl game: How does Las Vegas sound? Or maybe California? The Gophers (6-5, 3-5 Big Ten) are facing the distinct possibility they will be last...

A fitting conclusion to a calamity

November 15, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason stoically strolled to his traditional postgame meeting Saturday with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at midfield. Defeated and stunned after a 29-27 loss to No. 19 Iowa in front...

Gophers welcome Iowa for Big Ten finale

November 12, 2004

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't pull any punches when discussing the current state of his offense. His descriptions vary from, "We are hardly a well-oiled machine right now," to "We can't find...

Barber and Maroney take backseats during recent skid

November 11, 2004

Along with the rest of Minnesota's football team, the last five weeks have been especially hard on Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III. After being hailed as one of the - if not the - best running back...

Another week of self-doubt surfaces for Gophers after drubbing by Badgers

November 9, 2004

It showed on the face of every Minnesota football player who was dragged into Wisconsin's media room Saturday after a humiliating 38-14 loss: Another week of soul-searching was ahead, and the Gophers were...

Barberoney might not set record after all

November 8, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - After their worst rushing game of the season, the Gophers' nationally seventh-ranked ground attack is in jeopardy of not reaching an expected and unprecedented mark this season. Marion...

Stocco’s passing haunts Gophers defense

November 8, 2004

MADISON, Wis. - Minnesota free safety John Pawielski shoved Wisconsin's Anthony Davis out of bounds midway through the second quarter Saturday for his 10th tackle of the game. "It's not a good thing when...

More than Axe at stake in Madison

November 5, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason started rolling on one of his customary analogies Wednesday night. "When you talk to your stock broker and get a 25 percent return from your portfolio, you're not really...

Minnesota’s search for identity will commence Saturday in Madison

November 4, 2004

There was something wrong with Darrell Reid during Minnesota's football practice Tuesday. First, he wasn't feeling very well. But more interestingly, he didn't talk much. Gophers players and coaches have...

Gophers must now deal with decimated hopes and dreams

November 2, 2004

Minnesota's football team will spend the next week of practice trying to figure out what happened in the latest dip of a rollercoaster season. The Gophers (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) coaches and players seemed...

NCAA record could fall at Indiana

October 29, 2004

A week after a rejuvenating 45-0 win over Illinois, Minnesota's football team finds itself back in its comfort zone: beating up on teams it should and setting impressive offensive records along the way. In...

Low-key Ukee: a quietly confident leader on defense

October 28, 2004

Ukee Dozier and Darrell Reid are senior leaders on the Gophers defense. Their similarities pretty much stop there. Dozier's approach to his leadership role doesn't have Reid's pizzazz or verbosity. But...

Gophers on the road to recovery

October 26, 2004

If you're familiar with a Minnesota goodbye, you'd know Gophers football coach Glen Mason is in a better mood than he has been the last two weekends. But even while joking Sunday with reporters in the...

Absence of Fraley, Banks not a problem for secondary

October 25, 2004

Minnesota's football team's 45-0 blanking of Illinois is even more impressive knowing that its defense was as beat up as it has been all season. The Gophers gave up only 231 total yards and did so without...

Preparation equals separation for defense

October 25, 2004

First, it was a players-only meeting Sunday. Then, they gathered at the Woodbury, Minn., home of defensive coordinator Greg Hudson. The Gophers' defense, after a week of searching, evaluating and re-evaluating,...

Illinois comes to town for homecoming

October 22, 2004

Looking at Illinois' football team on film this week, one thing stood out for Gophers defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery. "Their running backs really run hard," he said. "It looks like they don't usually...

Demotion of Illinois QB adds variable to Saturday’s game

October 20, 2004

Minnesota's defensive linemen won't have a quarterback's picture to hang over their lockers this week. Illinois coach Ron Turner announced Monday that he will change his quarterback against Minnesota on...

Deja boo: Spartans ruin Gophers

October 18, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Minnesota's football team should petition the Big Ten for an automatic bye week following every Michigan game. For the second-straight year, the Gophers have seen their Rose Bowl...

Ellerson fights to define role in Gophers’ attack

October 14, 2004

M innesota football coach Glen Mason called out receiver Jared Ellerson on Tuesday - sort of. "I'm disappointed with the production we are getting out of Jared Ellerson, and that's not a reflection of...

Tackles for loss, static running game threaten Minnesota offense

October 12, 2004

A turning point came with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter in Saturday's Minnesota football game at Michigan. Three Wolverines defenders easily blitzed through the Gophers' line and buried Laurence...

Henne wins young QB duel

October 11, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - As time was running out in the first half, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne was confusedly communicating with his coaches. As time was running out in the second half, the freshman was...

Behind Hart, Wolverines outgain Gophers on ground

October 11, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said he was worried his fullback was being too cocky. Wolverines senior Kevin Dudley told Carr on Friday night that all the talk about Minnesota's Laurence...

Big House blocks road to the Rose

October 8, 2004

Picture this - you're walking through a tunnel, and as you emerge, you find yourself in the middle of a sea of hostile, screaming, maize-and-blue-clad fans numbering approximately 110,000. Welcome to the...

Mason downplays revenge factor vs. Wolverines

October 6, 2004

Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said his team isn't going into Michigan Stadium afraid and definitely not angry. It would be only natural to have sore feelings after Michigan's 21-point fourth quarter...

Easy part’s over for Gophers

October 4, 2004

It wasn't the exclamation point Minnesota's football team wanted to make before entering the Big House. Instead, the No. 18 Gophers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) pulled out a closer-than-expected 16-7 win over Penn...

U athletes to stop use of popular drug Vioxx

October 4, 2004

Minnesota volleyball player Paula Gentil received a phone call Friday from the team trainer, Shelly Kinney. "She told me if I had any Vioxx on my shelf to throw it away," Gentil said. "I didn't know what...

For Valentine, touches equal touchdowns

September 30, 2004

After Minnesota's 43-17 win over Northwestern on Saturday, running back Laurence Maroney said Big Ten defenses should be scratching their heads. "They'll say 'Oh, they're winning and (Marion) Barber (III)...

Turnover margin is no longer marginal for Minnesota offense and defense

September 29, 2004

Minnesota coach Glen Mason likes to knock on wood. He did it a couple times Tuesday in front of reporters at his weekly press conference. "I am a little superstitious," Mason said before he began talking...

Mason sees defense sharpen quickly

September 27, 2004

Minnesota kicker/punter Rhys Lloyd, running to his right in soccer-style form, spiked an awkward 29-yard punt to Northwestern's 44-yard line after the Gophers' first offensive possession Saturday. Exploiting...

Special teams unit has a day to forget versus Wildcats

September 27, 2004

It started with a Northwestern 97-yard kickoff touchdown return. It continued with two blocked Gophers extra points. No Big Ten special teams honors will be awarded to Minnesota's football team this week. "I...

Gophers play Wildcats in Big Ten opener

September 23, 2004

On Oct. 4, Northwestern's offense owned Minnesota's football team's defense for a quarter. After the first 15 minutes of the Gophers' 42-17 romp over the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern had a...

Minnesota looks to Big Ten season after positive nonconference finale

September 21, 2004

Minnesota football cornerback Ukee Dozier emerged from the visitor locker room at Hughes Stadium on Saturday with the same business-as-usual look he wore the Saturday before, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. But...

Rams can’t break Gophers’ stride

September 20, 2004

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State knew exactly what Minnesota's football team was going to do long before the team arrived at mountain-embedded Hughes Stadium. But the Rams (0-3), who join a quickly...

Sims: playing through great expectations

September 16, 2004

Sometimes after a full day of football practice and classes, watching film on opposing teams and working on his premedical homework, Dominique Sims goes for a walk. "He'll go by himself or sometimes I'll...

Steady O-line not ‘fine-tuned’

September 13, 2004

Minnesota's offensive line, which dominated Toledo Sept. 4, struggled against Illinois State on Saturday. Coach Glen Mason said Sunday that the offensive line put forth a lot of effort but wasn't sharp. "Those...

High hopes persist

September 13, 2004

Minnesota's 22nd-ranked football team has shown both sides of its coin in the young 2004 season. On one side, the Gophers dominated a supposedly tough Toledo team, gaining more than 700 yards of offense...

First-team defense struggles throughout

September 13, 2004

After Minnesota's second-string defense gave up 14 points in the fourth quarter of its 63-21 win over Toledo, Gophers coaches were critical last week of their back up defenders. With heavy underdog Division...