The Minnesota Daily

All content by David Nelson

Column: March Madness reminds everyone why expanded CFB playoff wouldn’t work

March 31, 2015

The 2015 Final Four is officially set following the weekend’s Elite Eight action. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke will all head to Indianapolis to compete in what will probably be the...

Column: Gophers end season in all too fitting fashion

March 30, 2015

When Minnesota opened its season in early October, the team faced superb expectations from fans and media pundits. Predictions of conference and national titles seemed to flow freely as people talked about...

Infielder Luke Pettersen throws the ball to catcher Toby Hanson at first base during a game against Northwestern at Siebert Field on Saturday.

Pitching falters Sunday, Wildcats win two

March 30, 2015

Third baseman Tony Skjefte looked right at home in Minnesota’s first series of the year at Siebert Field over the weekend. The senior went off for six runs batted in (RBIs). But Skjefte’s performance...

Column: Mental game shook Gophers basketball this season

March 25, 2015

Richard Pitino strolled into his postgame press conference in a surprisingly gregarious manner after his team lost by 13 points to Wisconsin in early March. The second-year head coach answered every question...

Column: Blackout of women’s national title game a travesty

March 24, 2015

A wave of gold jerseys swelled toward the Gophers’ net as the final buzzer sounded on the 2015 women’s NCAA hockey championship game. The group of players eventually crashed onto junior goaltender...

Senior Leandro Toldeo volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on March 6 against Washington.

Women stumble on road, men win twice

March 23, 2015

The Gophers’ trip to Michigan proved to be a forgettable ending to spring break. After Michigan overpowered the Gophers on Saturday, Minnesota lost to Michigan State by one point on Sunday afternoon. “We’re...

Freshman Felix Corwin volleys the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday against Washington.

Corwin rises to challenge

March 9, 2015

A crowd gathered around Court 1 at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday to watch what would be the deciding match between Minnesota and Drake, who were deadlocked 3-3. “Everyone in the building was...

Column: Losses cost Gophers this season

March 9, 2015

Richard Pitino has done almost everything to get the Minnesota men’s basketball team back on track. He’s banned Twitter, flip-flopped point guards and shuffled frontcourt rotations, all to...

Column: Pro day performances overvalued

March 3, 2015

Scouts, coaches, teammates, friends, families and media all packed into Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex for Minnesota’s pro day on Monday. Every person in the building focused his or her eyes on...

Column: Michigan State victory meaningless without Big Ten tourney success

March 2, 2015

Carlos Morris looked up from the ground and watched as his last-second shot sailed through the hoop at the Breslin Center. His 3-pointer against Michigan State with 2.2 seconds to go in the contest sent...

Senior Rebecca Weiland in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center after practice on Monday afternoon. Weiland accepted a position as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State.

Attitude paramount to Weiland’s success

February 25, 2015

Becca Weiland dove into the cold pool in the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center, and then slowly inched her way toward the water’s surface. As her head broke the water and her arms swung 180 degrees in...

Column: “A Year of Readiness” is a stupid idea

February 24, 2015

The shootout, the 35-second shot clock and forcing freshman student-athletes to sit out their first year at school are well-intentioned concepts, but each one is as asinine as the next. Last Thursday,...

Column: Gophers should retire Zahui B.’s number when her Gopher career ends

February 23, 2015

Amanda Zahui B. should be the last women’s basketball player to wear No. 32 at Minnesota. Call it insane to say a redshirt sophomore’s number should be retired when her career ends, but in...

Column: ‘What have you done for me lately?’ mentality alive and well

February 18, 2015

When Minnesota-Duluth head women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller exited Ridder Arena Saturday night, it might have been the last time she ever sets foot in that building as head coach. Miller, who...

Frost best coach at U

February 16, 2015

Hall & Oates blasted from the locker room following the Gophers 2-0 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in which they captured the 2015 WCHA regular-season title. Brad Frost stood in the hallway with a grin...

Facilities necessary evil for recruiting

February 11, 2015

Since when do inanimate objects help win national championships? It’s a vital question to ask as talk emerges about teams seeking upgraded practice facilities. These facilities are put on a ridiculously...

University student Nikki Graf stands in between alumnae Laura Brown (left) and Nikki Beyer at their practice in Bloomington on Saturday. Their team, the Minnesota Vixen, are the longest continuously operating women's football team in the nation.

Minnesota Vixen team on the rise

February 10, 2015

The sound of squeaky shoes echoed off the walls of the Bethany Global University gymnasium on Saturday morning as players began stretching. Though the practice was just beginning, beads of sweat were already...

Gophers deliver at Minnesota Challenge

February 9, 2015

Many of Minnesota’s top athletes rested over the weekend in preparation for the upcoming Big Ten championships, but senior Jimmy Rafter had a meet to remember. The entire Minnesota bench stood on...

Column: Don’t blame Lucia for woes

February 9, 2015

Don’t expect me to join the #FireLucia movement anytime soon. It’s easy to say that head men’s hockey coach Don Lucia shouldn’t be fired following last weekend; the Gophers won...

Column: Education lost in athleticism

February 4, 2015

Wednesday, college football fans across the country will flip on their television screens to see if some of the big-name college football prospects will head to their favorite teams. This day is one full...

Column: Gophers need to find Hollins’ partner in crime over break

February 3, 2015

Andre Hollins sat in Minnesota’s locker room with a smile draped across his face as he took questions from the media following the Gophers’ third conference victory of the season on Saturday. And...

Men's Gopher Tennis player senior Jack Hamberg plays at the Baseline Tennis Center Friday night. The tennis team played Green Bay, Dartmouth, and Oklahoma State over the weekend.

Streaking Gophers win three matches

February 2, 2015

Though the temperatures in Minneapolis dipped this weekend, the cold air didn’t seem to cool down the red-hot Gophers. Off to one of their best starts in the last five years, the Gophers emerged...

Column: Next stretch of games season defining for Minnesota

January 28, 2015

Don’t look now, Gophers fans, but the Minnesota men’s basketball team won two of its last three games in conference play following a 0-5 start in Big Ten play. Beginning with Wednesday’s...

Column: Blame Big Ten for Minnesota’s destruction

January 27, 2015

When it rains, it pours. But in the case of the Minnesota men’s hockey team, it has reached the point where players and coaches need to start building an ark. It might already be too late for that. Amid...

Minnesota splits, falls in kick off

January 26, 2015

The Minnesota men’s and women’s tennis teams went up against top competition at the ITA Kick-Off over the weekend in the hope of extending their undefeated records to open their 2015 campaigns. Save...

Stollings clearly perfect choice halfway through season

January 21, 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Gophers women’s basketball team sprinted to center court and began to sing, “We beat the Dukies.” Lindsay Whalen, the maestro who helped lead...

Column: Williams made smart decision in declaring for draft

January 20, 2015

When Maxx Williams announced he would enter the 2015 NFL Draft earlier this month, the young tight end made one of the best decisions of his career. After winning the Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award...

Column: Assessing the men’s hockey team

December 9, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team has brought both brilliance and disappointment this season with the 14 games it has played. Minnesota averages 3.43 goals per game and holds the best power-play percentage...

Column: Kill was right choice for coach of the year

December 8, 2014

In just four seasons, head coach Jerry Kill has turned the football program in a new direction. Last week, he won Big Ten Coach of the Year for his efforts. Though the Gophers probably should have played...

Potulny continues his winning tradition

December 4, 2014

Grant Potulny wasn’t Minnesota’s strongest skater. He wasn’t its best scorer. And he wasn’t its craftiest stickhandler. But with an inexhaustible work ethic and uncanny leadership...

Column: Mason right man to aid Gophers with McNeil out

December 2, 2014

The pressure of playing inside Madison Square Garden can be insurmountable for some players. For others, it’s an opportunity to prove their worth. And when freshman guard Nate Mason played in one...

Gophers beat Indiana but miss NCAA tourney

December 1, 2014

Minnesota entered Friday night’s matchup against Indiana looking to solidify one of 64 spots in the NCAA tournament. “I thought we played some pretty clean volleyball,” head coach Hugh...

Column: Lack of improvement passing becomes downfall for Gophers

December 1, 2014

It seemed all too ironic that on the day the Gophers faced off against one of the NCAA’s most potent rushing attacks, Minnesota showed just how putrid its passing offense could be. The Gophers completed...

Column: Minnesota should continue to start Walker

November 25, 2014

Redshirt senior Mo Walker made his fourth consecutive start on Saturday as the Gophers faced off against Maryland-Baltimore County. The Canadian center has started every game this season, even though the...

Column: Injured Cobb unable to silence critics

November 24, 2014

Senior running back David Cobb could only watch from the sidelines as Donnell Kirkwood pushed through the Nebraska defense on his way to a first down in the game’s closing minutes. That rush ultimately...

Former Gophers basketball player Al Nolen poses at Williams Arena on Monday evening. Nolen now teaches basketball camps as well as private lessons.

Nolen helps young players develop skills

November 18, 2014

Only 3.3 percent of all high school boys basketball players continue playing the sport at any level in college, according to a 2013 NCAA report. The chance to play in a Division I program is even smaller....

Column: Despite loss, no need to panic with Gophers

November 17, 2014

De’Vondre Campbell appeared unemotional and unfazed when he spoke to reporters following the Gophers’ 31-24 loss to Ohio State. The redshirt junior linebacker didn’t blink or stutter...

Column: Gophers’ success against Louisville hinges on defense

November 11, 2014

When the Gophers men’s basketball squad steps onto the court inside the Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen on Friday night, the team faces the daunting task of stopping No. 8 Louisville’s...

Column: Leidner proved doubters wrong in victory

November 10, 2014

The Gophers’ aerial assault looked downright dangerous against Iowa in a game that honored military veterans nationwide. On the day that quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a new career-high in touchdown...

Corwin wins Big Ten indoor championship

November 4, 2014

Just two months into his first semester at the University of Minnesota, freshman Felix Corwin holds the title of Big Ten indoor champion. Corwin, who didn’t lose a set during the entire tournament,...

Column: Iowa is a must-win on Saturday

November 4, 2014

In case people didn’t get the memo, the Gophers football team might boast one of the toughest end-of-season schedules of any Big Ten program. It starts with Iowa at home. Next, it’s No. 13...

Column: Let American Indians decide future of ‘Redskins’

November 3, 2014

Racism, prejudices and hatred have littered the streets of the United States for centuries. People of this nation have perpetually fought to tear down these discriminations, and it was no different Sunday...

Zeiger sisters make impact in the pool

October 29, 2014

After being homeschooled in her home state of Rhode Island, Blake Zeiger made a huge transition with her decision to attend the University of Minnesota and join nearly 29,000 other students. A few years...

Roysland brings passion to Macalester

October 29, 2014

The parking lot outside of Macalester College’s Leonard Center was still at 5:45 a.m. last Thursday morning. Dew from the night’s rain settled onto blades of grass. Streetlights turned off...

Column: New players show off Gophers’ potential

October 28, 2014

Attempting to project a team’s season based on one intrasquad scrimmage is futile. So while the Minnesota fans and media pundits who attended the men’s basketball scrimmage Sunday can’t...

Column: Barring miracle. Gophers won’t make Big Ten championship game

October 27, 2014

“Typical Gophers” is perhaps the only way to explain what transpired Saturday afternoon when Minnesota lost to arguably the worst team in the Big Ten. Illinois walked all over the Gophers in...

Zeiger, Gophers dominate North Dakota

October 27, 2014

Even though Brooke Zeiger is a freshman, the talented young swimmer is competing with a veteran’s confidence. Zeiger took first for Minnesota in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle...

Column: Gophers will thrive from disappointment

October 21, 2014

For what seemed like the first time in a long time, Minnesota traveled to face the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend as the second-best team in the nation. After tying Minnesota-Duluth the week before, the...

Column: Gophers deserve top-25 spot

October 20, 2014

The Gophers faced plenty of adversity during their victory against Purdue on Saturday afternoon. Point to the questionable calls by the game’s referees, the defense’s inability to contain Purdue’s...

Women dominate, men fall short in dual meet

October 20, 2014

A family emergency kept Daryl Turner from competing against Arizona State in the Gophers’ first dual meet of the season two weeks ago. However, the sophomore made sure his presence was felt Friday...