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Head Coach Jerry Kill discusses his past four coaching years in his office on Monday.

Kill cultivates winning culture on campus

May 7, 2015

Through the first two years of Jerry Kill’s tenure as the University of Minnesota’s football coach, the NFL Draft didn’t mean much in Dinkytown.    After a 3-9 campaign in 2011,...

Senior Lynn Hodnett practices with the rowing team March 23, 2015, on the Mississippi River.

Gophers swept by Wisconsin

May 4, 2015

Minnesota’s first varsity eight was neck and neck with Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon until the end of the race. That’s when the No. 9 Badgers powered past the Gophers during the...

Four Gophers selected in NFL Draft

May 2, 2015

Damien Wilson was sitting with his family in Mississippi on Saturday afternoon eating chips and watching television when his phone started buzzing.  The former Gophers linebacker didn’t recognize...

Gophers shake lineup, seek results

April 30, 2015

The last time Minnesota raced, the first varsity eight fared uncharacteristically poor. The Gophers’ top boat finished sixth out of seven teams in both of its Saturday races and was fifth on...

Former Gophers look to NFL draft

April 30, 2015

Between the time the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and ends Saturday, Maxx Williams, David Cobb, Damien Wilson and Cedric Thompson hope to hear their names called.    The...

Thompson hopes to overcome the odds once again

April 28, 2015

All of Cedric Thompson’s life, he’s been the underdog.    He grew up in Bombay Beach, Calif., a Southern California desert wasteland, far from the reach of college football recruiters....

DeLaSalle High School senior Jarvis Johnson announces his commitment to play basketball for Minnesota on Sept. 12, 2014  at DeLaSalle.

Gophers to have young, talented guards

April 22, 2015

When Nate Mason played his first game at Minnesota last year, those who watched saw a freshman ready to contribute right away.   The Decatur, Ga., native stood out as one of the team’s only...

University rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 14.

Second varsity eight stands out

April 20, 2015

Sophomore McKenzie Lukacs had to improvise during Minnesota’s second varsity eight on Sunday morning, as a heavy rain shower caught the rowers by surprise in the middle of the race.   The...

Junior Kylie Anderson rows on the Mississippi River on Tuesday afternoon with her teammates in preparation for their trip to compete in the Clemson Invite in South Carolina.

Andersen quickly adapts to Minnesota’s top boat

April 16, 2015

Growing up, Kylie Andersen ran cross country, track and was an avid skier. When she came to the University of Minnesota in 2012, the lifelong athlete rowed competitively for the first time.    Since...

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Liedner runs the ball during the spring game on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota offense starts fast, then fades

April 13, 2015

After two consecutive Rodrick Williams runs to open up Saturday’s spring game at TCF Bank Stadium, the Gophers faced third-and-three.    That’s when Minnesota showed that...

Senior Lynn Hodnett practices with the rowing team on March 23 in the Mississippi River.

Gophers to face No. 1 Ohio State

April 9, 2015

One theme has consistently stood out during MinnesotaâÄôs spring season: improvement. After a long winter stunted their development last year, the Gophers continue to best their marks from a 2014...

Redshirt junior Briean Boddy-Calhoun warms up at practice at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday.

Minnesota’s defensive backs could be Big Ten’s best

April 7, 2015

Whenever the Gophers defense needed a lift last year, there was a pretty good chance Briean Boddy-Calhoun would make a game-altering play. As the cornerback prepares for his senior season, heâÄôs...

Minnesota faces toughest test of the season so far

April 6, 2015

After a Saturday morning session of races at the Oregon State Classic that included two last-place finishes, head coach Wendy Davis had a simple message for her team.    “This...

Senior Lynn Hodnett (second from right) practices with the rowing team on Monday in the Mississippi River.

Hodnett has passion for rowing, nature

April 2, 2015

On their way back to Minnesota from a February race in San Diego, the Gophers had a layover in Colorado, where an underclassman looked out the airport windows, staring at the mountainous scenery.   Then,...

Junior coxswain Taylor Gainey coordinates and guides the boat at the rowing team's practice March 23 in the Mississippi River.

Coxswain Gainey takes charge as junior

April 1, 2015

Last Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Gainey hunched down in the back of a boat floating on the Mississippi River.  With 36-degree water splashing onto her face, the Gophers’ first varsity eight coxswain...

Minnesota’s streak snapped

March 30, 2015

The Gophers combined for 16 runs in two contests at Nebraska on Friday and Saturday to win their 14th and 15th consecutive games. But No. 12 Minnesota saw its record-breaking winning streak come to an...

Offseason work, weather helps Gophers

March 26, 2015

Before heading to Tennessee to compete in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite earlier this month, the Gophers spent three days practicing on the Mississippi River. With the river frozen solid this time last...

Two request to transfer from Stollings’ team

March 25, 2015

Stabresa McDaniel and Tory Jacobs have requested to transfer, an athletics department spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. McDaniel and Jacobs are the fourth and fifth players to leave first-year head coach...

Minnesota's rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its regatta against Iowa on Sunday.

Gophers jump out to strong start to season

March 23, 2015

Minnesota finished last year’s spring season sixth out of seven teams at the Big Ten championships. But this year, the Gophers started their spring slate quite a bit better, placing near the top...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu reacts to losing to Ohio State 79-73 in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday in Chicago. This was Mathieu, Hollin, Walker,Eliason, and Shell

After Big Ten tournament loss to Ohio State, Gophers season may be over

March 13, 2015

CHICAGO — One of them laid next to a heap of athletic tape on the locker room floor. The other was still laced up to DeAndre Mathieu’s left foot. After Minnesota’s 79-73 loss to Ohio...

Gophers focused on stopping Russell in second round game against Ohio State

March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — There's a reason why D'Angelo Russell is widely considered a top-5 pick if he chooses to enter the NBA Draft this summer. Just ask the Gophers.  Before winter prematurely ended...

Gophers hope Rick Pitino’s wisdom propels them further

March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — Earlier this week Richard Pitino and Rick Pitino sent each other texts back and forth, talking about Minnesota's Big Ten tournament game with Rutgers slated for Wednesday night. Then...

Gophers pass first round

March 12, 2015

CHICAGO — Minnesota spent more than 20 minutes of play going back and forth with the worst team in its conference on Wednesday night. Then the Gophers (18-14, 6-12 Big Ten) received a spark from...

Halftime Report: Gophers 30 Rutgers 27

March 12, 2015

Chicago — Richard Pitino's Gophers lead Rutgers 30-27 at the end of the first half of the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Here are five takeaways from the first half of action at the United...

Gophers vs. Rutgers Big Ten tournament preview

March 11, 2015

Chicago — The Gophers face off with Rutgers at roughly 6:15 from the United Center in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Here's everything you need to know. The last time Minnesota played...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the Badgers on Feb. 21 in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin favored, flawed

March 11, 2015

Wisconsin has been stellar this season behind player-of-the-year candidate Frank Kaminsky and the team’s experienced supporting cast. Heading into the postseason, the Badgers appear poised to take...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins looks for an opening against a UCLA defender Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Hollins, Gophers look to right ship

March 11, 2015

About seven weeks ago, the Gophers were 0-5 in conference play, and Andre Hollins was taking most of the blame for the team’s slow start. The senior guard slumped in a big way, shooting 12-for-58...

Minnesota has one shot to avoid NIT

March 11, 2015

Entering Minnesota’s first-round Big Ten tournament matchup against Rutgers on Wednesday, its 2015 NCAA tournament chances have never looked bleaker. Going back to the “Big Dance” for...

Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu defends Penn State guard D.J. Newbill in the first half at Williams Arena on Sunday.

Buzzer-beater spoils Gophers’ senior day

March 9, 2015

After the Gophers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half against Penn State on Sunday, Mo Walker and Joey King led a comeback that knotted the score at 76 with 14 seconds remaining. Head coach...

Former Gophers graduate assistant Maiuri hired as Division III offensive coordinator

March 5, 2015

One day after the athletics department announced Adam Weber as his replacement, former Gophers graduate assistant Ryan Maiuri paced the sidelines of Minnesota's practice facility Tuesday with a pencil...

Minnesota guard Mo Walker reaches for arebound in the first half against the Badgers on Feb. 21 in Madison, Wis.

Walker looks to slow down Kaminsky

March 5, 2015

After Minnesota lost at Wisconsin on Feb. 21, Badgers star Frank Kaminsky had a simple postgame message for Gophers center Mo Walker: “See you soon.” When Minnesota hosts No. 6 Wisconsin on...

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner practices in the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Tuesday afternoon during the Gophers' first spring practice.

Gophers begin spring practice slate

March 4, 2015

When Mitch Leidner began spring practice for the Gophers last year, he had only passed for 619 yards in limited reps. But now — after a completed redshirt sophomore season in which he was Minnesota’s...

Senior Cedric Thompson performs the vertical jump during Pro Day at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Monday.

Cedric Thompson impresses at pro day

March 3, 2015

Cedric Thompson sensed that NFL scouts saw his perceived lack of athleticism as a weakness. But at Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, he showed them exactly why it might be a strength. The former Gophers...

Gophers sit on NIT bubble

March 2, 2015

The Gophers topped Michigan State 96-90 in overtime on Thursday night for arguably their most impressive victory of the season. An NCAA tournament appearance is highly unlikely at this point — but...

Gophers firmly on NIT bubble

March 1, 2015

The Gophers topped Michigan State 96-90 in overtime on Thursday night for arguably their most impressive victory of the season. An NCAA tournament appearance is highly unlikely at this point — unless...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the Badgers on Saturday, Feb 21 in Madison, Wis.

Pitino juggling freshmen, vets’ minutes

February 26, 2015

Barring an incredible run that culminates in a Big Ten tournament championship, the Gophers’ season won’t conclude in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota could go back to the National Invitational...

Gophers point guard DeAndre Mathieu cradles his 7-month-old son, Elijah, at his apartment on Sunday.

Taking his mind off basketball

February 24, 2015

Keys started to jingle outside the door of a Marcy-Holmes neighborhood apartment. Elijah Mathieu knew what came next. “Da da! Da da!” the 7-month-old shouted as he crawled toward the door. When...

Minnesota's Carlos Morris shoots the ball during the first half against the Badgers on Saturday in Madison, Wis.

Gophers fall to No. 5 Wisconsin

February 23, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – As the second half of Minnesota’s game at No. 5 Wisconsin began Saturday, fans in the Badgers student section started chanting. “N-I-T. N-I-T. N-I-T,” they said. But...

Gophers fall to Northwestern in upset

February 19, 2015

Early in the second half of Minnesota’s game against Northwestern on Wednesday, the usually deafening Williams Arena crowd was dead silent. That’s when the Wildcats coaching staff made some...

Buggs thrown into larger role for Gophers

February 18, 2015

A 17-second span in Minnesota’s game against Iowa last Thursday showed Charles Buggs’ pure talent yet revealed why he’s still far from a polished player. Buggs stole the ball from Gabriel...

Minnesota forward Charles Buggs goes in for a layup against Iowa on Thursday night in Iowa City, Iowa.

Gophers’ defense inconsistent on road

February 16, 2015

After the Gophers won 64-59 at Iowa on Thursday night, Andre Hollins answered different questions with the same response. What was the key to Minnesota winning its first Big Ten road game of the year? “Defense,...

Minnesota picks up defensive intensity

February 12, 2015

When asked about his team’s No. 5 steal ranking in early December, Richard Pitino brushed off the statistic’s significance. “Numbers shouldn’t matter this early in the season,”...

Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino celebrates after the Gophers caused Purdue to turn over the ball in the second half at Williams Arena on Saturday. Minnesota beat Purdue 62-58.

Pitino rallies Gophers to victory

February 9, 2015

In the first half of Minnesota’s game against Purdue on Saturday, Richard Pitino felt a little too hot, so he took off his suit jacket. When the Gophers head coach emerged from the locker room at...

Dean Smith’s influence on basketball reached everywhere, even Minnesota

February 8, 2015

The college basketball world woke up to sad news Sunday as legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith, 83, died Saturday night. Smith won 879 games, the fourth-most in history, and took the Tar Heels to...

Gophers basketball receives $6 million donation

February 7, 2015

The Gophers men's and women's basketball programs received a $6 million donation to help fund a new basketball facility, the University announced Friday. Former telecommunications executive Robert...

Craighton hopes to best ranking

February 5, 2015

A few weeks before Alonzo Craighton’s sophomore season of high school football was supposed to begin, it ended. The wiry defensive back from Louisiana was going through shuttle drills in practice...

Despite speed, athletic QB Croft a pocket passer

February 5, 2015

At 6 feet, 5 inches with a 4.66 second 40-yard dash time, Demry Croft looks like a college wide receiver. Two years ago, that’s exactly what he was projected to be. But after switching to quarterback...

Head basketball coach Richard Pitino signals to his players from the sidelines at the Williams Arena against Nebraska on Saturday evening.

Pitino alters style during struggles

February 3, 2015

Minnesota is 10 games into its conference season, and hardly anything has been constant. Andre Hollins went from a slumping shooter to a do-it-all leader whom Richard Pitino calls “the heart and...

Senior Forward Mo Walker maneuvers the ball at the Williams Arena where the Gophers took on Nebraska Saturday evening.

Walker powers Gophers past Nebraska

February 2, 2015

Mo Walker couldn’t stop thinking about his stat line at Nebraska on Jan. 20: Four points, four fouls and three turnovers. In practice last week, coach Richard Pitino kept reminding him. “Coach...

Minnesota guard Andre Hollins dribbles past Rutgers guard Mike Williams in the second half at Williams Arena on Jan. 17.

Gophers lose again despite Hollins’ 17

January 29, 2015

When Andre Hollins was slumping early on in Big Ten play as the Gophers started 0-5, he had to cope with a sobering fact. “I wasn’t helping them win,” he said Saturday. Now, he’s...