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Guard Carlie Wagner dribbles the ball up the court during the Gophers' game against Lehigh at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Gophers won 107-73.

Minnesota Lynx pick Gophers guard Carlie Wagner in WNBA draft

April 13, 2018

Fans who have watched guard Carlie Wagner play for the Gophers the last four years won't have to go far to see her at the next level. The New Richland, Minnesota native was the final pick in the third...

Senior Nick Wanzek at 165 takes a Northwestern wrestler down during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers finish 17th in NCAA championships

March 19, 2018

Redshirt junior Ethan Lizak went down two different paths to earn All-American accolades. Lizak lost in the championship round in the 2017 tournament, but this year, he had to go through wrestlebacks to...

Karlie Place wins with new poles; Sammie Houston sees increased role

February 19, 2018

The Gophers coaching staff thought senior Karlie Place was improving, so they ordered bigger poles for her to exceed past performances. There was one problem, however: the poles arrived the day before...

Guard Carlie Wagner dribbles the ball up the court during the Gophers' game against Lehigh at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Gophers won 107-73.

Carlie Wagner leads Gophers to beat Badgers

February 1, 2018

Guard Carlie Wagner hit a 3-point shot in the third quarter, which she said gave her confidence. As she started taking more shots in the third, her confidence showed. Wagner hit four 3-pointers in the...

Men’s track and field finishes first; women’s team finishes second

January 22, 2018

Freshman Ben Psicihulis has started his collegiate career on a high note. In his first season with Minnesota, Psicihulis finished first in the 600-meter race. His performance helped Minnesota claim a team...

Gophers women's basketball player Kenisha Bell loses control of the ball during the game against Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Williams Arena. 

Kenisha Bell’s 24 points guides Minnesota to victory over Wisconsin

January 19, 2018

The Gophers came into the game against the Badgers with nine consecutive wins in the matchup. With help from their redshirt junior guard, Minnesota made it 10 straight rivalry wins with ease. Kenisha Bell...

Freshman Destiny Pitts attempts to steal the ball from a Boston College player on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Williams Arena. 

Gophers fall to No. 21 Scarlet Knights despite clutch play from Destiny Pitts

January 15, 2018

Guard Destiny Pitts is in her first year of college basketball, but she looked like she had years of experience in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. Pitts made three free throws with 1:06 remaining...

Redshirt junior Reggie Lynch looks to shoot on Jan. 28, 2017 at the Sports Pavilion.

Reggie Lynch violated University’s sexual misconduct code and faces suspension until 2020, reports say

January 5, 2018

Gophers men's basketball center Reggie Lynch was deemed in violation of the University of Minnesota's sexual misconduct policy and could be suspended from the school until 2020, according to multiple reports. Lynch's...

Northrop Auditorium as seen on April 5, 2015.

Northrop Auditorium to host NFL Honors show during Super Bowl weekend

December 6, 2017

The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in February and an awards show to honor NFL players is coming to campus the day before. Northrop Auditorium on East Bank will host the seventh-annual NFL Honors,...

Middle Blocker Regan Pittman hits the ball at the volleyball game against the UW-Madison Badgers at the Maturi Pavilion on Oct 21, 2017.

Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournament

November 27, 2017

Minnesota (26-5) will play the University of North Dakota (30-7) in its first game of the NCAA tournament, the Division I Women’s Volleyball committee announced Sunday.  "We're excited to get going,"...

Sophomore forward Eric Curry drives to the basket against Middle Tennessee State in the NCAA tournament on March 16.

Gophers forward Eric Curry out for season with ACL, MCL and meniscus tear

August 31, 2017

Sophomore Eric Curry is out for the 2017-18 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and meniscus, head coach Richard Pitino announced Thursday. “Injuries are an...

Head coach P.J. Fleck speaks at the Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, Minnesota on June 7. 

Meditation and ‘Swag Class.’ Life is different under P.J. Fleck, and the Gophers are buying in

August 30, 2017

In 1999, Northern Illinois defeated Central Michigan on the road. The winning head coach Joe Novak was late returning to the locker room.  When Novak arrived in the cramped room after talking with...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Fleck’s beginnings and other story lines discussed in the first episode of ‘Being P.J. Fleck’

August 3, 2017

The first episode of a four-part series called ‘Being P.J. Fleck,’ a show covering Minnesota’s first-year head football coach, aired Wednesday. The show lasted 30 minutes and covered everything from...

The University of Minnesota announced Monday that Mariucci Arena will now be called 3M Arena at Mariucci. The change accompanies the company's $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics and the Athletes Village.

Mariucci Arena renamed 3M Arena at Mariucci

July 10, 2017

Mariucci Arena has been renamed to 3M Arena at Mariucci, the University announced Monday.3M’s sponsorship gives a 14-year, $11.2 million to the athletics program on top of the name change.“It’s...

Women's Tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher directs training routines during practice Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

After announcing retirement, former Gophers tennis coach takes job in Tennessee

July 8, 2017

Chuck Merzbacher, the former women’s tennis coach for the Gophers, accepted a job as the head coach of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga men’s tennis program.Merzbacher was introduced as Chattanooga's...

Former Gophers linebacker arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

July 5, 2017

Former Gophers linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday in Frisco, Texas with two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Frisco City Jail spokesperson said Wednesday.Wilson was arrested...

Casey O'Brien poses for a portrait outside TCF Bank Stadium on Monday, May 1, 2017. After having recovered from cancer, O'Brien has committed to playing for the Gophers.

Casey O’Brien walks on at Minnesota after persevering through cancer

June 14, 2017

Casey O’Brien’s life changed forever during his freshman year of football at Cretin-Derham Hall.In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that prevented him from finishing...

Six women’s track and field athletes take home All-American honors

June 13, 2017

Six Minnesota athletes went to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 8 and all left with All-American honors.Madeline Strandemo, Taylor Wiebke, Emma Spagnola, Emerald...

Wieland falls short of first; men’s team concludes season at NCAA Championships

June 13, 2017

The Gophers wrapped up their season this week in Eugene, Oregon as seniors Nate Roese, Luca Wieland, Mitch Hechsel and sophomore Obsa Ali competed in their final events of the year at the NCAA Championships.Wieland,...

A member of the Golden Gopher Spirit Squad during the 2016 Homecoming game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Minnesota’s homecoming game set for Oct. 21 against Illinois

June 1, 2017

Minnesota will play Illinois in its Homecoming game Oct. 21 at 2:30 or 3 p.m., the team announced Wednesday.Head coach P.J. Fleck — entering his first season with the team — will...

Junior Toby Hanson bats for the Gophers during their game against Illinois on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Siebert Field.

Minnesota’s season ends after failing to qualify for NCAA baseball tournament

May 30, 2017

When the 64 teams for the NCAA tournament were announced on Monday, the Gophers did not hear their name called.Minnesota (36-21, 15-8 Big Ten) missed the cut for the postseason tournament and its season...

University Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson addresses other board members in a Dec. 2015 meeting. Johnson announced the board would launch an official inquiry to find who on the board leaked information of a sexual harassment case to KSTP Wednesday evening. 

UMN officials investigate regents for leak of harassment case in athletics dept.

May 11, 2017

News of a sexual harassment investigation in the University of Minnesota’s athletics department has led to an inquiry of the school’s Board of Regents.Regents held an emergency meeting Thursday after...

Gophers men's basketball Head Coach Richard Pitino talks to his team during a timeout on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino receives contract extension

May 4, 2017

Gopher men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino received a contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday.“I've seen accountability, commitment and focus from every student-athlete and member...

Peronnin shines in final collegiate outing, Minnesota golf takes eighth at Big Tens

April 27, 2017

Senior Emie Peronnin finished third in what might be her final competition as a Minnesota golfer, just two strokes shy of the Big Ten Championships victor.But the senior wasn’t completely satisfied with...

Tristan Duran competes on the high bar during the Gophers' meet against the Air Force on Jan. 21, 2017. The Gophers beat the Air Force 407.700 to 395.350.

Minnesota men’s gymnastics gets top-5 spot at NCAAs

April 24, 2017

Gophers men’s gymnastics earned its highest finish in 15 years on Saturday.Minnesota took home fifth place in the first round of the NCAA championships Friday, its first top-five finish since 2002. With...

Gophers Junior Zach Liebler competes on the vault at the Sports Pavilion on Mar. 5, 2016.

Veteran men’s gymnastics duo readies for final Minnesota meet

April 20, 2017

Senior Mitchell Soukup said that this last week is the epitome of what he has worked for in his four years with the Gophers.Soukup, along with fellow senior Zach Liebler, heads to the NCAA Championships...

Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson runs the ball down the field against the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Gophers football put on entertaining show in spring game

April 17, 2017

In its first spring game under head coach P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s Team Maroon came away with a 42-40 victory in an entertaining matchup at this year’s spring football game.Five healthy offensive linemen...

Women's Tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher directs training routines during practice Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

UMN tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher to retire at season’s end

April 13, 2017

After 28 seasons as a tennis coach for both men’s and women’s collegiate teams, Chuck Merzbacher announced his retirement Tuesday. Merzbacher coaches the Gophers women’s tennis team and will retire...

Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars against Penn State at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 23, 2016.

Gophers men’s gymnastics team takes third; three earn medals

April 10, 2017

Head coach Mike Burns went to Champaign, Illinois for the Big Ten Championships and left as Big Ten Coach of the Year.Burns coached his team to a third place finish, as No. 5 Minnesota earned a 413.300...

Junior Anna Greene rows during the University's team practice on the Mississippi River on April 18, 2016.

Gophers rowing finishes in fourth at Big Ten Double Dual amid illness

April 10, 2017

Minnesota finished fourth out of four teams Saturday in the Big Ten Double Dual.Two Gophers rowers stayed home due to strep throat, and the team couldn’t find a way to fill the void.“[The] Big Ten...

Jalon Stephens yells a chant in between events Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers scored the fourth highest team score in program history, defeating Nebraska  435.150-428.100.

Gophers men’s gymnastics heads to Big Ten meet with confidence

April 7, 2017

The Gophers head into the postseason knowing they can outscore any team in the Big Ten.No. 5 Minnesota scored a Big Ten best 426.950 in its dual against Nebraska before it heads to Champaign, Illinois...

Despite little time in water, Gophers rowing attempts to hit stride

April 2, 2017

The Gophers women’s rowing team faces adversity early in the Spring season. Minnesota cannot practice in the water year round, because of the state’s weather, but the team competes against...

Freshman Justin Karstadt competes on the parallel bars at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 13, 2016.

Gophers men’s gymnastics beat Nebraska on the road

March 27, 2017

The Gophers needed the third-highest score in the NCAA this season to earn a road victory.Minnesota earned a team-high score to defeat Nebraska 426.950-425.550 in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.“We started...

Gophers Junior Zach Liebler competes on the vault at the Sports Pavilion on Mar. 5, 2016.

Gophers’ vault proves to be strong suit

March 24, 2017

The Gophers’ best event this season has been one they can’t practice in their own facility.Minnesota has to go to the women’s gymnastics facility, Peik Gym, once a week to practice vault; however,...

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum competes in women's 3-meter dive at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Minnesota women finish 10th at NCAA Swim and Dive Championship

March 20, 2017

Senior Lexi Tenenbaum ended her collegiate career on a high note last weekend. Tenenbaum — who finished in 34th place on the 3-meter board last season — came in fourth this time and won...

Redshirt senior forward JaCorey Williams (22) looks to score on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. The Gophers played against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Gophers fall to Middle Tennessee State in first round of NCAA tournament

March 17, 2017

Before Thursday’s first-round game, no Gophers player on roster had ever played in the NCAA tournament. But the Gophers — a team that won won 16 more games than it did the year — learned...

Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineup

March 12, 2017

Sophomore Ben Winkel didn’t crack the lineup a single time his first year with the Gophers. This season, he has made his presence felt in the opportunities he’s been given.Winkel finished in second...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

UMN to self-report minor NCAA violation involving P.J. Fleck

March 9, 2017

The University of Minnesota will self-report a minor recruiting violation to the NCAA regarding head Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.An athletics department spokesman said the violation stemmed from...

University of Minnesota public address announcer Dick Jonckowski at Williams Arena during a Gophers men

After 31 years, legendary Gophers basketball announcer steps down

March 6, 2017

Dick Jonckowski unassumingly sat down in his chair just below the elevated floor of Williams Arena, with a smile on his face.Jonckowski acted as if the Minnesota-Nebraska game was like any other matchup...

Gophers guard Nate Mason gets pushed away by Highlanders guard Damon Lynn as they make their way down the court at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Gophers end regular season with 66-49 border battle loss

March 6, 2017

Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig scored just 11 points with three 3-point makes in the first border battle between the Gophers and Badgers.Koenig’s five 3-pointers and 17 points put a dagger in the Gophers’...

Gophers rout Cornhuskers on Senior Night

March 4, 2017

Guard Darin Haugh dribbled the ball one last time at Williams Arena as time expired and the crowd roared in approval. Minnesota defeated Nebraska on Senior Night 88-73, as the team’s win streak increases...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Report: Fleck contacted player before he received NCAA permission to leave the team

March 1, 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan’s WWMT-TV reported Tuesday that Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck may have engaged in a recruiting violation. Robert Spillane, former Western Michigan linebacker, recently received...

Gophers center Reggie Lynch reaches for a rebound against Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Williams Arena.

Reggie Lynch leads defense in seventh-straight victory

February 27, 2017

Center Reggie Lynch went to the Gophers bench with 29.6 seconds left in the game as the sellout crowd at Williams Arena chanted his name.Lynch had 11 blocks and nine points in 29 minutes as Minnesota defeated...

Freshman Justin Karstadt concentrates during his performance on the pommel horse at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.

Gagnon, Karstadt to compete against country

February 25, 2017

Sophomore Justin Karstadt and junior Joel Gagnon both compete on the men's gymnastics national team for Canada. For Minnesota’s next dual, the two gymnasts will compete against their own country.Gagnon...

Gophers guard Dupree McBrayer puts his hand up to block a shot against Wisconsin on Jan. 21, 2017, at Williams Arena.

Minnesota gets revenge in 89-75 upset over No. 24 Maryland

February 23, 2017

The Gophers’ last loss came to the Terrapins at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.The team got its revenge in College Park, Maryland Wednesday.Minnesota upset No. 24 Maryland 89-75 and the Gophers increased...

Yu Zhou competes in women's 3 meter diving at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Minnesota swim and dive team takes fourth at Big Tens

February 20, 2017

The women’s swimming and diving team will go into their next meets with momentum.No. 20 Minnesota finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 18 with the NCAA Championships on the schedule...

Rachel Culter competes on the balance beam during a meet at the Sports Pavilion on Feb. 11, 2017.

Minnesota gymnastics team falls to Denver on the road

February 20, 2017

The second-highest score of the season from the Gophers wasn’t enough for a win on Saturday.Minnesota fell 197.150-196.075 on the road to No. 11 Denver on Feb. 18.“We went in with the goal to hit 24-of-24...

Gophers center Reggie Lynch reaches to block a shot against Indiana University on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Williams Arena.

Springs finds redemption in 75-74 victory

February 17, 2017

Guard Akeem Springs taught young basketball players a valuable lesson Wednesday – always follow your shot.Springs missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer for Minnesota, but got his own miss and laid...

Gophers forward Jordan Murphy moves the ball around the Clemson Tigers in Williams Arena on Nov. 11.

Mason and Murphy return to form

February 16, 2017

The Gophers knew they needed to rely on two of their leading scorers from last season – guard Nate Mason and power forward Jordan Murphy – to have success this year.Those two players brought Minnesota...

Freshman forward Eric Curry jumps to defend against sophomore forward Ivan Bender on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Sports Pavilion.

Murphy shines, Gophers force shooting woes

February 13, 2017

The Gophers utilized their opponent’s weakness — 3-point shooting — Saturday in a 72-63 victory over Rutgers (13-13, 2-12 Big Ten).Minnesota (18-7, 6-6) defeated the Scarlet Knights, who...

Pochinka keeps his balance

February 11, 2017

Studying neuroscience at a university or competing as a Division I athlete could be strenuous tasks for any student.Junior Yaroslav Pochinka excels at both. Pochinka, who is studying neuroscience...

Offensive players Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy attempt to score on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Williams Arena.

Murphy’s career day leads Minnesota to 101-89 double overtime victory

February 9, 2017

The Gophers coughed up their 11-point halftime lead and saw themselves in a tie game to the Hawkeyes with under a minute left, and yet another blown lead looked imminent for Minnesota.Power forward Jordan...

Paul Montague performs on the parallel bars on Saturday at Sports Pavilion.

Men’s team defeats Nebraska, UMN Club, women fall to Illinois

February 6, 2017

Justin Karstadt was nearly perfect in the Gophers’ defeat of the Huskers Saturday.Karstadt stuck three dismounts in his all-around performance, which earned him Most Outstanding Gymnast of the meet in...

Redshirt junior Reggie Lynch looks to shoot on Jan. 28 at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers break losing streak with 68-59 win over Illinois

February 6, 2017

Fans of Gophers basketball had something to cheer about for the first time in 24 days Saturday.Minnesota (16-7, 4-6 Big Ten) snapped its five-game losing streak with a 68-59 victory over Illinois (13-11,...

Stephens harnesses passion in and outside of the gym

February 3, 2017

Jalon Stephens is a man of many talents.In addition to making adjustments to his repertoire on the gymnastics floor, he has another passion as well – he can sing. Stephens sings in the choir of New Covenant...

Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

P.J. Fleck nabs 25 new recruits on signing day

February 2, 2017

Head coach P.J. Fleck has no shortage of recruits for his first season with the Gophers.Minnesota signed 25 new incoming freshmen on National Signing Day, Wednesday. The Gophers are the 57th ranked recruit...

Grad student Akeem Springs drives the ball up the court on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers lost 78-85 against the University of Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers fall 85-78, loss streak continues

January 30, 2017

Fans cleared out of Williams Arena with 10 seconds to go Saturday as Maryland’s Melo Trimble approached the free throw line.Trimble made it an 85-78 game with two shots and buried Minnesota’s last...

Gophers guard Nate Mason gets pushed away by Highlanders guard Damon Lynn as they make their way down the court at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Gophers fall 78-72 to Buckeyes, losing streak increases to four

January 28, 2017

For the second game in a row, the ball was in Akeem Springs’s hands in the closing seconds.The guard shot a 3-pointer from the baseline, and the shot went long – the Gophers’ losing streak got even...

Brandon Eggum coaches from the sidelines during Minnesota's dual against Iowa State at Williams Arena, April 19, 2016.

Brandon Eggum named new Gophers head wrestling coach

January 27, 2017

Minnesota moved Brandon Eggum from interim head coach to the permanent head coach of the Gophers wrestling team Thursday.Eggum, a former Minnesota wrestler, was a three-time All-American during his collegiate...

Gophers guard Akeem Springs drives toward the basket against Wisconsin on Jan. 21, 2017, at Williams Arena.

Minnesota loses border battle 78-76 in overtime

January 23, 2017

Akeem Springs had already been Minnesota’s hero once, and all eyes fell on him in the closing seconds of overtime.The guard, who had sent the game into extra minutes early on, bounced the last shot off...

Joel Gagnon competes on the floor during the Gophers' meet against the Air Force on Jan. 21, 2017. The Gophers beat the Air Force 407.700- 395.350.

Women get Big Ten win; men beat No. 10 Air Force

January 23, 2017

The gymnasts for the Gophers in the floor and the balance beam proved to be deciding factors for women’s gymnastics Friday.No. 21 Minnesota wrapped up a dual in East Lansing, Michigan where it bested...

Newly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Head coach P.J. Fleck adds 13 new members to football staff

January 19, 2017

Newly-appointed Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck added nine assistant coaches and four staff members to his team Tuesday.“I am proud to announce these additions to the Minnesota staff,” Fleck said in...

Sophomore Ciara Gardner competes on the Beam at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.

Men’s and women’s gymnastic teams look to build on past season’s success

January 19, 2017

Expectations are high for the Gophers women’s gymnastics team after qualifying for the NCAA Championships last season, and it’s going well so far.No. 21 Minnesota finished in first place out of four...

Junior center Reggie Lynch and freshman guard Amir Coffey defend against junior guard/forward Bashir Ahmed at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The Gophers won 92-86 against St. John's University.

For men’s basketball, shooting woes lead to second-straight loss

January 17, 2017

The Gophers didn’t find resiliency from loss for the first time all season over the weekend.No. 24 Minnesota (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten) lost 52-50 to Penn State (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania...

Gophers guard Amir Coffey handles the ball during Minnesota's game against Southern Illinois at Williams Arena on Nov. 26, 2016. The Gophers won 57-45.

Gophers break into top 25 after win over Buckeyes

January 10, 2017

The new year has been good to the Gophers so far.Minnesota (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) earned its third consecutive win of 2017 with a 78-68 victory over Ohio State (10-6, 0-3 Big Ten) on Jan. 8 at Williams Arena.“We...

Gophers and Western Michigan players react to P.J. Fleck hiring

January 7, 2017

The Gophers replaced former head coach Tracy Claeys with P.J. Fleck Friday. Fleck comes over from Western Michigan after four seasons with the Broncos, accumulating a 30-22 record.After Fleck was...

Mark Coyle explains his decision to fire Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys Tuesday, Jan. 3, at TCF Bank Stadium.

“I made a very difficult decision,” Coyle says of decision to fire Tracy Claeys

January 4, 2017

Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys was fired Tuesday afternoon with Athletics Director Mark Coyle citing frustrated fans and donors surrounding the off-the-field issues with the program.A replacement...

Gophers guard Nate Mason gets pushed away by Highlanders guard Damon Lynn as they make their way down the court at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Gophers lose Big Ten opener 75-74 in overtime

December 29, 2016

Nate Mason missed an off-balance jump shot for what could’ve been a huge win as time expired in front of a packed Williams Arena crowd. The 11,407 fans in attendance witnessed Minnesota (12-2, 0-1 Big...

At the Half: Minnesota up 39-26 over Michigan State

December 28, 2016

The Gophers opened conference play today against the Michigan State Spartans. Here's three observations through the game's first half:1.Spartans miss having BridgesGuard Miles Bridges averages 16.6 points...

Offensive players Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy attempt to score on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Williams Arena.

Gophers men’s basketball bring total wins to double digits

December 12, 2016

While the Gophers were outsized once again against Northern Illinois Sunday, the team still outplayed the Huskies down low.Center Reggie Lynch had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help...

At the half: Minnesota up on Northern Illinois 29-23

December 11, 2016

Three observations:1. Gophers start the game slowThe Gophers started the game shooting just 25 percent from the floor and only making five of their first 20 shots. Yet, the team still led because...

Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin' Cajuns.

Scoring output from guards helps Gophers to 86-49 rout

December 11, 2016

The Gophers’ backcourt rose to the occasion in the team’s win over Georgia Southern Friday.Guards Dupree McBrayer, Nate Mason and Akeem Springs combined for 48 points to help Minnesota (9-1) rout Georgia...

At the half: Minnesota leads Georgia Southern 49-32

December 10, 2016

Three observations: 1. Springs continues to excelGuard Akeem Springs was the leading scorer last game with 19 points and this game he has 11 already. A strength for Springs has been the 3-pointer....

Gophers guard Amir Coffey handles the ball during Minnesota's game against Southern Illinois at Williams Arena on Nov. 26, 2016. The Gophers won 57-45.

Gophers men’s basketball edge Vanderbilt in close game

December 7, 2016

Minnesota went into halftime against Vanderbilt down 25-24, and the team did something about the deficit right away.Minnesota (7-1) opened up the second half with a 15-2 run, leading to a 56-52 victory...

Springs fulfills role off the bench

December 4, 2016

Guard Akeem Springs had to adjust when he arrived at Minnesota this season.Springs is averaging 19 minutes per game for Minnesota this year compared to his 31.9 minutes per game in his last season at the...

Junior guard Nate Mason runs the ball up the court on Friday at Williams Arena. The Gophers would go on to win 86-74 against the Ragin' Cajuns.

Minnesota gives up first-half lead, falls 75-67 to Florida State

November 30, 2016

The Gophers went into the locker room at halftime with a 2-point lead over the Seminoles in their first road game of the season on Monday.As the second half progressed, the lead slipped away.Minnesota...

Gophers wrestler Brett Pfarr tangles up with Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

Gophers wrestling drop dual to top-ranked team

November 29, 2016

No. 16 Minnesota went into its dual on Saturday with the intent of upsetting No. 1 Oklahoma State.The Gophers left the matchup with their goal unaccomplished. The Cowboys blew out the Gophers 34-3 to earn...

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith runs the ball against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Wisconson won 31-17 over Minnesota.

Wisconsin defeats Minnesota for 13th straight season

November 27, 2016

The Gophers missed a chance to bring Paul Bunyan’s Axe back to Minnesota for the first time in 13 years.Minnesota (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) led 17-7 against No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2) at halftime, but gave...

Questions from the Other Side: Wisconsin football beat writer Andrew Tucker

November 26, 2016

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Andrew Tucker, the football features writer for one of Wisconsin's student newspapers...

Freshman guard Amir Coffey attempts to score at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The Gophers would win 92-86 against St. John's University.

Gophers defeat Southern Illinois 57-45 to stay undefeated

November 26, 2016

The Gophers were missing the Big Ten’s leading shot blocker — center Reggie Lynch — but the team rose to the occasion on defense.Minnesota (6-0) held Southern Illinois (3-3) to 31 percent...

Gophers coast to 85-71 victory to remain undefeated

November 26, 2016

Minnesota played a major-conference team for the second consecutive game and the Gophers came out undefeated once again.The Gophers (5-0) defeated Arkansas by a final score of 85-71 in its fifth consecutive...

Freshman guard Amir Coffey attempts to score at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The Gophers would win 92-86 against St. John's University.

Coffey’s 30 points lift Minnesota to 92-86 win

November 21, 2016

Amir Coffey proved Friday why he was such a highly touted recruit.The freshman guard scored 30 points in 36 minutes to lead Minnesota (4-0) to a 92-86 victory over St. John’s University (2-1) at Williams...

Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner slides to take a knee at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. The Gophers beat Northwestern 29-12.

Gophers prevent second-half Wildcats comeback, win 29-12

November 21, 2016

 While Northwestern had more yards than Minnesota in the second half, that was not enough for victory.The Gophers defense forced two fumbles and a season-high seven sacks as Minnesota (8-3) earned...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 21, 2015 in Madison, Wis.

Gophers gear up for battle of unbeaten

November 18, 2016

Minnesota will face its toughest challenge of the season so far this weekend, and on its own court.The Gophers play the St. John’s University Red Storm Friday night at Williams Arena. Both teams are...

Questions from the Other Side: Northwestern football beat writer Bobby Pillote

November 18, 2016

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily interviewed Bobby Pillote, the assistant game day editor for Northwestern University’s student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern.Pillote is a senior at...

Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman sacks Purdue quarterback David Blough on Saturday Nov. 5, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Cashman takes on new, bigger role at linebacker

November 17, 2016

Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman has seen an increased role in his sophomore season.He has six tackles in the past two games against Purdue and No. 19 Nebraska, including three sacks. “He started off...

Freshman guard Dupree McBrayer drives towards the basket at Williams Arena on Jan. 27.

Dominant second half leads to victory for Minnesota

November 15, 2016

It was a tale of two halves for Minnesota in its game against the University of Texas-Arlington.The Gophers trailed 41-35 and shot 30 percent in the first half, before shooting 53.3 percent in the second...

Gopher forward Jordan Murphy handles the ball Saturday, Jan. 23 at Williams Arena where the Gophers were defeated 71-76 in overtime.

Gophers look to build on winning start with new and veteran players

November 14, 2016

The Gophers will be looking for a fresh start from last season.Minnesota began on the right foot with an 84-76 win against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, and several new transfer students...

Gophers running back Shannon Brooks fights through the Cornhuskers defense at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Gophers fall to Nebraska 24-17 on late interception

November 13, 2016

Quarterback Mitch Leidner had the Gophers driving until the offense’s final play of the game.Defensive back Kieron Williams intercepted a pass from Leidner over the middle to prevent the upset and help...

Gophers kicker Emmit Carpenter kicks the ball on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Carpenter continues special teams consistency

November 11, 2016

Emmit Carpenter kicked a personal high Saturday.Carpenter made a career-best 53-yard field goal in Minnesota’s last game against Purdue. Carpenter made two field goals over 50 yards on the day.“[Carpenter’s]...

Questions from the Other Side: Nebraska football beat writer Brett Nierengarten

November 11, 2016

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Brett Nierengarten, the senior sports editor for the Daily Nebraskan, the University...

Gophers running back Rodney Smith scores a touchdown in the second quarter of their game against Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016.

Minnesota defeats Purdue 44-31 behind career day from Smith

November 6, 2016

Running back Rodney Smith sat out for a brief period of Saturday’s game against Purdue with a twisted ankle.But that didn’t stop him from having a career day.Smith had 153 yards on the ground and three...

Questions from the Other Side: Purdue Exponent Staff Reporter Atreya Verma

November 4, 2016

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Atreya Verma, a staff reporter for Purdue’s student newspaper, the Exponent, was interviewed...

Gophers defensive lineman Hank Ekpe reaches to grab the ball from Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2016.

Defensive line thrives behind play of veterans

November 3, 2016

Illinois redshirt freshman Jeff George Jr. dropped back to pass into Illinois’ own end zone early in the fourth quarter Saturday.Gophers redshirt junior Merrick Jackson came up the middle and leveled...

Defensive end Scott Ekpe attempts to block a pass by Colorado State at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 24, 2016.

Gophers football take advantage of Illini turnovers

October 31, 2016

The Fighting Illini let Saturday’s game against the Gophers slip from their grasp after Minnesota capitalized on several Illinois red zone mistakes.The Gophers scored three times after recovering two...

Questions from the Other Side: Illinois football beat writer Joey Figueroa

October 29, 2016

For this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Joey Figueroa, a sports writer for Illinois’ student newspaper, the Daily Illini, was...

Gophers running back Shannon Brooks looks for running room on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Brooks, Smith excel in new formation

October 28, 2016

Redshirt sophomore Rodney Smith and sophomore Shannon Brooks have both rushed for more than 400 yards this season.The Gophers have found different ways of getting the two on the field — and one of...

Gophers running back Rodney Smith leaves a trail of Rutgers defenders in his wake on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota edges Rutgers 34-32 in Homecoming game

October 22, 2016

What should’ve been an easy game for the Gophers against Rutgers Saturday came down to Emmit Carpenter in the last minute of the game.The redshirt sophomore scored a last-minute 28-yard field goal, and...

Questions from the Other Side: Rutgers football beat writer Brian Fonseca

October 21, 2016

For this weekly column, the Daily will interview someone knowledgeable about Minnesota’s next opponent. Brian Fonseca, the sports editor for Rutgers’ student newspaper the Daily Targum, was interviewed...

Gophers offensive lineman Jared Weyler, center, blocks on a running play against Iowa at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 8, 2016.

Offensive line battles multiple injuries for second-straight year

October 21, 2016

With redshirt senior Jonah Pirsig and junior Vincent Calhoun injured on the Gophers’ offensive line, the team’s other offensive linemen have responded.Junior Connor Mayes, redshirt sophomore Jared...