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Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, left, announced he would step-down from his position during a press conference with University President Eric Kaler, right, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium.

U favors men’s sports

May 9, 2013

University of Minnesota athletics spending has favored men over women in areas that show a lack of dedication to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education. But few eyes...

After herpes outbreak, horses recover on campus

December 3, 2012

University of Minnesota equine specialists have been working to curb an outbreak of a highly contagious virus that can hinder brain and spinal cord function in horses. Five of seven horses on a central...

Harteau approved as new police chief

November 30, 2012

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved the city's next police chief Friday, according to the Star Tribune. With the vote, Janeé Harteau becomes the city's first female police chief,...

Cold Spring police officer killed in “ambush”; suspect arrested

November 30, 2012

A Cold Spring, Minn., police officer was fatally shot late Thursday while responding to calls from a family who felt their son may be suicidal, according to a report from the St. Cloud Times. Police have...

Terror trial now in jury’s hands

October 18, 2012

A jury will now deliberate the fate of the first man to go to trial in the FBI’s investigation into al-Shabab recruitment in Minneapolis. The court heard closing statements Wednesday in the trial...

Jury hears another witness in terror trial

October 11, 2012

A federal court heard the continued testimony of a Plymouth, Minn., man Wednesday in the trial of a local man charged with assisting Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. Kamal Said Hassan is the prosecution’s...

Families testify in terror trial

October 4, 2012

A jury heard from family members of al-Shabab fighters Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of helping Minneapolis men return to their native Somalia to fight with the terrorist organization. The government...

Head women's cross country coach Gary Wilson stands in the addition to his barn, which he built with his sons to house his 1950 Chris Craft classic wooden boat, on Friday at his home in Stillwater, Minn. Wilson will retire in June after 28 years coaching the Gophers.

Coach Wilson calls it a career

September 24, 2012

Gary Wilson jokes around habitually. The sarcastic coach calls one of his former assistants “Big Head,” his 93-year old mother a “piss-ant” and is usually ready with a playful insult. But...

Alumni association CEO headed to Cal-Berkeley

August 23, 2012

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association will lose one of its leaders this October. Phil Esten, who has served the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the last two-and-a-half years as...

Gophers fans cheer along with the Minnesota rouser during Tuesday night's NIT semifinal game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

After NIT loss to Stanford, Gophers fans eye next season with heightened hope

April 2, 2012

NEW YORK — As the water of the Gophers season circled the drain before the last few seconds mercifully ticked off the clock in the team’s NIT championship game, fans got testy. There were jeers...

A late turnover almost sunk the Gophers when Joe Coleman and
Andre Hollins couldn't handle the ball Tuesday at Madison Square
Garden. The Huskies converted a basket following the turnover to trim
the Gophers' lead.

Gophers lean on Hollins entering championship

March 29, 2012

NEW YORK – The Gophers men’s basketball team, under head coach Tubby Smith, has stumbled across the finish line in its last two seasons. This year, however, the team got a chance it wasn’t...

Gophers thrashed in NIT championship

Gophers thrashed in NIT championship

March 29, 2012

NEW YORK – The Gophers' season ended with a whimper Thursday when they dropped their season finale at Madison Square Garden. No. 3 seeded Stanford defeated Minnesota 75-51 to win the NIT championship. Despite...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins came up big in the second half and
the overtime period Tuesday in the Gophers' overtime win over
Washington at Madison Square Garden.

After OT nailbiter, Gophers advance to NIT championship

March 28, 2012

NEW YORK — Some teams are built for the big stage, and some are built for the still big, but considerably smaller stage. The Gophers appear to be the latter. Minnesota advanced to the National Invitation...

Lockett asks for release from ASU scholarship

March 21, 2012

Trent Lockett, the former Hopkins high school basketball standout, asked for a release from his scholarship so he can transfer closer to home, according to the Arizona Republic. The junior starred for...

Outgoing Athletic Director Joel Maturi leaves the field after the Gophers' game against Iowa on Oct. 29, 2011 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The economics of athletics

March 8, 2012

As athletics director Joel Maturi’s decade on the job comes to a close, many will remember him for his unrelenting dedication to non-revenue sports. He knows the names of students on non-revenue...

Men’s basketball marketing preemptively warns fans

February 9, 2012

Minnesota's student section can get a little crazy at times. It's loud, it's usually angry at a referee or opposing coach, and almost always uses vulgarities to express it's collective discontent. In year's...

Column: Fallen star’s misfortune could be blessing for U

November 29, 2011

When Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe crumpled to the floor in agony Sunday with a torn ACL, the menâÄôs basketball teamâÄôs season effectively ended. The team will still play out the requisite...

On strength of top runners, Gophers men take 3rd, women 5th

October 31, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. âÄî One of several favorites to win the individual Big Ten Championships, Hassan Mead took fourth Sunday. His high finish earned him First-Team All-Big Ten honors and led the Gophers...

Precocious freshman Banham revives expectations

October 27, 2011

CHICAGO âÄì The Gophers womenâÄôs basketball team is returning 11 players from last yearâÄôs roster, including four starters. But whatâÄôs really created a buzz around the...

Kill signs $8.4M deal to coach until 2018

Kill signs $8.4M deal to coach until 2018

October 26, 2011

In the midst of a losing season in which blowout losses have become the norm, Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill finally got some good news: He has job security. Kill signed a seven-year contract to...

Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill's wife Rebecca embraces him after the game Saturday against Miami Red Hawks at TCF Bank Stadium.

Kill signs seven-year contract

October 25, 2011

In the midst of a losing season in which blowout losses have become the norm, Gophers head football head coach Jerry Kill finally got some good news: He now has some job security. Kill signed a seven-year...

Minnesota creates program director position, appoints Bingle

October 20, 2011

One of the more successful womenâÄôs sports programs on campus just added some stability. WomenâÄôs track and field coach Matt Bingle  has been promoted to program director âÄî...

Like winners? Here are the sports to follow

October 19, 2011

The narrative has been written over and over: The Twins nearly lost 100 games; the Wolves are locked out and stink; and the Vikings continue to embarrass. In a fair-weather sports market that craves a...

Hirt done for season after torn ACL

October 18, 2011

Just days after womenâÄôs head basketball coach Pam Borton announced her excitement for the upcoming season and an influx of young talent, her mood was tempered. Borton announced in a release Monday...

Kill may be back in action Saturday

Kill may be back in action Saturday

September 13, 2011

  Alert, eating and in stable condition, Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill will be released from an area hospital âÄúsooner than later,âÄù team physician Dr. Pat Smith said Monday. Smith...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is rushed off the field after collapsing with 20 seconds to go in the fourth quarter on Saturday at TCF Bank.

Jerry Kill collapses from seizure during game

September 12, 2011

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill  is in stable condition in an area hospital after he suffered a seizure and collapsed on the sideline during the seasonâÄôs first home game Saturday. Kill, who...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is rushed off the field after collapsing with 20 seconds to go in the fourth quarter on Saturday at TCF Bank.

Jerry Kill collapses with seizure during game

September 10, 2011

It was a surreal environment at the Gophers football game after head coach Jerry Kill collapsed on the sideline with a seizure. Kill, who has a history of seizures, was seen thrashing on the ground with...

Gophers lose to USC in tight first game

September 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES âÄî The thought by many around the Gophers football program was that if the team was to have any success this year, Marqueis Gray would be a primary reason. Minnesota dropped its season...

Minnesota freshman quarterback Max Shortell runs the ball Saturday in Los Angeles.  Shortell replaced Marqueis Gray after Gray left the game with leg cramps.

Gophers drop season opener to Trojans

September 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES âÄì The thought by many around the program to start the season was if the team was to have any success this season, MarQueis Gray would be a primary reason. Minnesota dropped its season...

Uhl receives Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors

August 22, 2011

Freshman Taylor Uhl scored a hat trick and recorded an assist in a 5-0 win over South Dakota State on Sunday. In doing so, she became only the 11th player and 3rd freshman in program history to score a...

Mbakwe propels Team USA to fifth in World Tournament

August 22, 2011

SHENZHEN, China (News Services)--  Behind a dominate performance from Trevor Mbakwe, who finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team (7-1) never lost...

Gophers golf announces two head coaches

Gophers golf announces two head coaches

August 10, 2011

Gophers golf is getting two new faces to lead its menâÄôs and womenâÄôs programs, the team announced Thursday. John Carlson and Michele Redman will take over the two programs, respectively,...

Kill press conference quick-hitters

August 4, 2011

Editor's note: Derek Wetmore is the sports editor at the Minnesota Daily and this piece includes some of his own opinions. Views expressed here are not to be interpreted as fact, but all statements are...

Gophers hoops announce 2011 non-conference schedule

August 4, 2011

The Gophers men’s basketball team announced its 2011 non-conference schedule Thursday. The season opens with two exhibition games against Bemidji State and Augustana College Nov. 1 and 7. The regular...

Video blog: Day 2 media days

July 29, 2011

Sports Editor Derek Wetmore recaps Day 2 of the Big Ten media days with sports reporters Andrew Baker and Sam Gordon.

Video blog: Day 1 media days

July 29, 2011

Sports Editor Derek Wetmore talks about the first day of Big Ten media days with reporters Andrew Baker and Sam Gordon.

Big Ten Media Days Update No. 1

July 28, 2011

UPDATE: The Daily sports staff just finished up the day of listening to press conferences and conducting interviews here in Chicago. We're now working on putting together content to fully summarize the...

Big Ten Media Days

July 28, 2011

The Minnesota Daily sports' staff is in Chicago for the 2011 Big Ten Media days. All 12 coaches will speak today as well as Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman, and...

Head assistant coach Joe Russell demonstrates wrestling moves Tuesday during the summer intensive wrestling camp at Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.

The Transition: Joe Russell leaving Gophers staff

July 26, 2011

Joe Russell enjoyed a few passing moments in his office Monday with his wife Sadie and their 8-month-old son, Taft. He knows those moments in Minnesota are fleeting as he enters a liminal stage in his...

COLUMN: A call for transparent statements, not rumors

June 28, 2011

On Friday the Minnesota Daily received a report that assistant menâÄôs hockey coach John Hill would not be back on the bench for the Gophers this season. When reached by phone, the team had no...

No Gophers, 5 Big Ten players selected in NBA draft

June 24, 2011

Five former Big Ten basketball players had their name called Thursday at the NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All-American forward JuJuan Johnson of Purdue was selected with the 27th pick...

Kill: Eskridge, Eure to leave Gophers

June 17, 2011

Senior running back Deleon Eskridge has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer, according to head coach Jerry Kill. Eskridge, who led the Gophers with 689 rushing yards and seven...

CBS, Big Ten extend contract agreement through 2016-17

June 17, 2011

CBS Sports and the Big Ten Conference have agreed on a multi-year deal to extend the network's rights to air the conference's basketball games through the 2016-2017 season. The agreement was announced...

Former closer Matyas signs

June 17, 2011

Closer Scott Matyas has signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers, becoming the fourth Gopher from this year's draft class to sign a contract. In his time at Minnesota, Matyas set the conference...

McCarville update: “I wouldn’t stand for it.”

June 16, 2011

This is an update to a previous post about former Gophers center Janel McCarville. Since then, McCarville has stated her case via her twitter account. After being suspended for the entire WNBA season by...

O’Shea latest to sign

June 13, 2011

First baseman Nick O'Shea signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, joining AJ Pettersen and Justin Gominsky as Gophers to sign a pro deal. Drafted in the 25th round by Cincinnati, O'Shea...

Recap of the Big Ten baseball tournament

Recap of the Big Ten baseball tournament

May 31, 2011

After a march through the Big Ten tournamentâÄôs loserâÄôs bracket, the defending champion Gophers­­ baseball team ultimately fell short of the title game after a...

Gophers’ march through Big Ten tournament halted by No. 2 Michigan State

May 29, 2011

After an impressive run through the loser’s bracket of the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers baseball team lost to No. 2 Michigan State, 6-3, and was eliminated Saturday. No. 5 Minnesota outperformed its...

Gophers baseball stayin' alive in Big Ten tournament

Gophers baseball stayin’ alive in Big Ten tournament

May 27, 2011

The Gophers baseball team continued its improbable run through the Big Ten tournament Friday with two win-or-go-home victories. Minnesota eliminated Ohio State with a 9-4 win in the early game before defeating...

Gophers stave off elimination with huge inning

May 26, 2011

In the opening round of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday, a big inning knocked the Gophers to the loserâÄôs bracket. Thursday it was a big inning of their own that helped them stave off elimination...