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Minnesota players charge onto the field before the start of the Gophers' season opener against UNLV on Thursday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Vereen avoids NFL draft hype, climbs draft boards

May 8, 2014

Brock Vereen hasn’t watched much ESPN over the last few months. He’s caught a few games of the NBA playoffs and an MLB game here and there, but he has spent most of his time fixated on Netflix...

Report: University could renovate Mariucci Arena

May 1, 2014

Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague announced his $190 million plan for new athletics facilities last July, but according to a Star Tribune report released Thursday, there could be more renovations...

Minnesota running back Rodrick Williams Jr. scampers for a 37-yard touchdown run against Western Illinois Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Williams shines with hopes of a comeback

April 15, 2014

Rodrick Williams hasn’t taken a meaningful carry in a game in more than six months. He started last year as part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, but a foot injury in the middle of the season...

Reports: Ellenson intends to transfer at season’s end

April 14, 2014

Minnesota sophomore Wally Ellenson made news in late Februrary when he announced his decision to leave the Gophers basketbball program to pursue a full-time collegiate career in track.  Now, it appears...

Minnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Field on April 30, 2013.

Ellenson, Yedoni both win titles in Arizona

April 14, 2014

The Minnesota men’s track and field squad split up over the weekend, with some traveling to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Track Classic, and others staying home to compete in the Holst Invitational...

Gophers take third in Iowa

April 14, 2014

Minnesota's men's golf team is amid one of its best seasons in recent memory. It continued that trend this weekend at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. The Gophers...

Gophers finish tied for sixth

April 9, 2014

The Gophers women's golf team was back at it over the weekend and tied for sixth at the Web.com Intercollegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  Minnesota shot an aggregate 20-over par over the course...

Courter returns from injury, leads team

April 3, 2014

Julia Courter can be heard from across the Baseline Tennis Center during competitions. Her voice echoes throughout the facility — either celebrating after a won point or cheering on her teammates. “She...

Teague denies $70 million practice facility

March 28, 2014

Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague denied the Star Tribune report that the University will break ground on a new $70 million football practice facility. Teague spoke to members of the media after...

Northwestern players could unionize

March 27, 2014

Northwestern football players took a big step toward potential compensation for college athletes Wednesday when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the group can officially unionize as it sees...

Minnesota's Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club.

Mendez leads Gophers to second place

March 26, 2014

Minnesota’s men’s golf team finished up Tuesday with a team score of 18-over par, good for a second-place finish at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers sat all alone in fourth...

Minnesota's Jose Mendez plays at the season-opening Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club on Sept. 8.

Minnesota sits alone in fourth after Monday

March 25, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team sits alone in fourth place after the first and second rounds of play at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Gophers finished the two rounds of action Monday with...

Minnesota junior Jack Hamburg plays against Nebraska at Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday during a doubles match. Doubles tandem Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment have reached No. 16 in the country with a nine-match winning streak this season.

Gophers men, women blow past Nebraska

March 24, 2014

The Gophers men’s tennis team hadn’t played a home match in nearly a month. It was a clear Sunday afternoon, and the team was happy to be home. Minnesota, back at the Baseline Tennis Center...

Penn State guard Tim Frazier dribbles the ball during the game against the Gophers on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Gophers need to stop Frazier, Penn State

March 6, 2014

Penn State star guard Tim Frazier had his season spoiled last year after he tore his Achilles tendon in the fourth game. Now, a year later, he has a chance to play spoiler against the Gophers in the final...

Gophers’ depth fuels their success

March 6, 2014

The Gophers women’s tennis team has made the doubles point an area of emphasis all season, but the depth of the roster might be its best-kept secret. Minnesota is a combined 30-6 at No. 4, No. 5...

Minnesota's Jon Trasamar plays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Edina Country Club.

Gophers take first at Del Walker Classic

March 5, 2014

The Gophers men’s golf team won its second tournament of the 2013-14 season Tuesday with a win at the Del Walker Classic in Long Beach, Calif. Minnesota seniors Jon Trasamar and Alex Gaugert paced...

Minnesota junior Mathieu Froment plays doubles against Drake at the Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Minnesota men, women beat Wisconsin

March 3, 2014

A 4-3 loss to rival Wisconsin was on the minds of players on the Gophers men’s tennis team this weekend. They were not about to let the Badgers best them again. “It was probably the toughest...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill expresses his discontent with a review of a Gophers touchdown against Wisconsin on Oct. 20, 2012.

Kill speaks after signing new deal

February 25, 2014

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill said his brother called him after he and the University of Minnesota agreed to a new contract. “You ain’t worth that,” his brother said. Still,...

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill discusses his football career in his office Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Gophers extend Kill’s contract

February 24, 2014

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill and the University of Minnesota have agreed to restructure the coach’s contract, athletics director Norwood Teague announced Saturday afternoon. That new contract...

Gophers place focus on doubles point

February 20, 2014

Minnesota junior Jessika Mozia said she was hard on herself after the loss against Oklahoma State last weekend. The Gophers were blanked 7-0 at the Baseline Tennis Center and dropped their first doubles...

Minnesota's Jessika Mozia returns the ball against Montana on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota splits weekend matches

February 17, 2014

Minnesota head coach Chuck Merzbacher has raved about his team’s ability to bounce back in the face of adversity this year. That skill was on full display at Baseline Tennis Center over the weekend. The...

Minnesota comes in fifth at Big Ten Match Play

February 17, 2014

Minnesota opened its spring season over the weekend with a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla. The Gophers defeated No. 1-seeded Illinois on Saturday and followed...

Vikings sign Lawrence

February 12, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Gophers linebacker Simoni Lawrence, he confirmed in an interview with the Minnesota Daily on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a blessing because at the end of the...

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. A native of Spain, Laguna is one of three international golfers on this year’s team.

Minnesota finishes fifth in Florida

February 12, 2014

The Gophers escaped the Minnesota cold in favor of some Florida sunshine over the last few days. But more importantly, they started their season on a high note. Minnesota finished the three-day tournament...

Minnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory in a match against Tulsa at Baseline on Friday.

Gophers lose two straight, aim to rebound

February 10, 2014

While his team just dropped its final two matches before its first Big Ten match of the season next weekend, Minnesota head coach Geoff Young said he isn’t too concerned. “You never want to...

Gophers aim to continue home success

February 6, 2014

A trip home is all the Gophers needed after losing two of their first three matches. Minnesota won all three of its matches in the friendly confines of the Baseline Tennis Center last weekend. Still, head...

Signing Day Central: Gophers ink No. 1 recruit Jones

February 5, 2014

There really haven't been any surprises on National Signing Day for the Gophers. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been a shortage of excitement on the recruiting front. Minnesota locked...

Minnesota's Leandro Toledo sits on the courts at the Baseline Tennis Center on Monday morning. Toledo has assumed he No. 1 singles position for the Gophers this season.

Toledo takes reins as No. 1 singles player

February 4, 2014

A tennis racket, a tennis ball and a wall — that’s all it took for Leandro Toledo. He was hooked. As a 7-year-old growing up in Hamburg, Germany, his mother used to take him along to his older...

Gophers recruit Ragnow chooses Arkansas

January 31, 2014

Frank Ragnow will strap on the shoulder pads for Arkansas, not the Gophers, next season. Ragnow, a three-star offensive lineman recruit, announced his decision Friday afternoon at Chanhassen High School. Ragnow...

Nelson to enroll at Rutgers to continue career

January 30, 2014

Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers to continue his college football career. Nelson left the Minnesota football program earlier this month, saying he wanted to play...

Former Gophers QB headed to Rutgers

January 29, 2014

Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson will enroll at Rutgers and will continue his collegiate career with the Scarlett Knights, according to multiple reports Wednesday.  Nelson left the Minnesota...

Sophomore Jessika Mozia returns the ball against North Dakota at Baseline on Sunday.

Minnesota’s women’s dominate weekend slate

January 27, 2014

Minnesota really couldn’t have hoped for a better start to its season. The Gophers won their fourth straight match to open the year when they dismantled North Dakota 7-0 and followed it up with an...

Minnesota's Jack Hamburg returns a shot against Purdue on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota led by upperclassmen

January 23, 2014

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team might have lost its most talented player from last year’s squad, but it managed to hold on to a veteran-filled roster. Given that, a 4-1 season-opening loss...

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson avoids a tackle on Saturday Oct. 26 versus Nebraska at TCF Bank Stadium.

Nelson announces he will transfer

January 21, 2014

It seems Mitch Leidner received an early birthday present this year from Philip Nelson in the form of the keys to the Gophers football program. Nelson announced Jan. 16 his decision to transfer from the...

Minnesota guard Malik Smith looks for a pass in the game against Montana on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Gophers fall to Michigan State in overtime

January 11, 2014

DeAndre Mathieu's driving layup with seconds remaining tied the game at 71-71 and sent the game into overtime, but the Gophers ultimately fell to No. 5 Michigan State 87-75 at the Breslin Center in East...

Sophomore forward Kyle Rau skates against Minnesota State on Nov. 2 at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota falls to Colgate in Mariucci Classic

January 3, 2014

Minnesota was without one of its leading goal scorer, one of its top defensive, and most importantly its head coach Friday night against Colgate. It definitely showed in the team's performance as the top-ranked...

Connor Cosgrove, a member of the University of Minnesota football team, was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2010. Cosgrove will have his final chemotherapy treatment Friday.

Cosgrove finishes chemotherapy

December 11, 2013

Connor Cosgrove has the most important day of his life stenciled on a sticker in his room. It’s lost some of its adhesive over time, but the meaning has never faded. And now it’s only two days...

Alum to raise funds for athletics complex

December 10, 2013

Lou Nanne will lead the Athletic Facilities Fundraising Campaign with hopes of raising the $190 million necessary to fund a multi-sport campus athletics complex, the University of Minnesota announced Monday. It’s...

The Gopher mens hockey team celebrates forward Seth Ambroz's game winning goal with seconds left in the game against Wisconsin, Saturday evening at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers sweep Wisconsin in first Big Ten weekend

December 2, 2013

Gophers junior forward Seth Ambroz is the greatest player the new Big Ten hockey conference has ever seen — at least through the conference’s first weekend of existence. Ambroz, who’s...

Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'shede Hageman moves to tackle a Hawkeye Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers stumble in season finale

December 2, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ra’Shede Hageman was visibly disappointed after the Gophers’ 14-3 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Hageman hung his head and tightly grasped the straps of his...

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill discusses his football career in his office Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Still coaching: Kill’s battle with seizures

November 20, 2013

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill turns around football programs. In the last 15 years, he’s toured the Midwest, taking over four struggling teams and redirecting them. He’s...

U officials, athletes testify in Brenny trial

November 14, 2013

University of Minnesota officials and student athletes took the stand Thursday in former associate women’s head golf coach Katie Brenny’s  lawsuit against the University Board of Regents. Brenny...

Gophers players celebrate after beating Penn State 24-10 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. It was the fourth straight Big Ten win for Minnesota.

Gophers bowl past Penn State

November 11, 2013

The University of Minnesota football team hadn’t held the Governor’s Victory Bell trophy in so long that when players finally got their hands on the hardware Saturday, they didn’t know...

Halftime: Gophers lead Penn State 24-10

November 9, 2013

Minnesota leads Penn State 24-10 at halftime in part to a strong first-half performance from sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson.  The Gophers have gone to the air a little more than usual in the...

Minnesota forward Kelly Terry controls the puck against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday at Ridder Arena.

Gophers dominate in sweep of Mavericks

November 4, 2013

After a rough series with Bemidji State last weekend, Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said he wanted his team to play with more passion. His squad responded with a dominant series sweep against Minnesota...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham pushes though Illinois' defense Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Williams Arena.

Banham leads Minnesota in exhibition

November 4, 2013

Minnesota’s women’s basketball team finished up its exhibition slate Saturday with a 69-54 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead at Williams Arena. After a hotly contested first half, the Gophers...

Women wrap up fall season with fifth-place finish

October 30, 2013

Minnesota’s women’s golf team wrapped up its fall season Monday with a fifth-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational, the team’s last competition until February. Minnesota shot an...

Nelson, Cobb pace squad to signature win

October 28, 2013

Minnesota coaches have remained rather coy about the quarterback competition between sophomore Philip Nelson and redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner this season. They also have yet to name a concrete starting...

Minnesota senior Derek Toomey swims in the men's 100-yard freestyle against Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the University Aquatic Center.

Minnesota has a strong showing against Badgers

October 21, 2013

The Minnesota men’s swimming and diving squad bounced back from last weekend’s loss to then-No. 5 Florida with a dominant win over rival Wisconsin. The Gophers women’s squad followed...

Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague announces that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave to continue focusing on his epilepsy treatment on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium. Tracy Claeys will serve as the acting head coach in Kill's absence.

Kill takes leave to manage epilepsy

October 14, 2013

University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague announced Thursday that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave of absence to focus on his epilepsy treatment. Teague did not give a timetable...