The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jeff Sherry

Pieces in place for women’s hockey

December 3, 1996

One day in mid-October, after learning she'd soon be named Minnesota's first women's hockey coach, Laura Halldorson faced an undesirable task -- she had to tell her players at Maine's Colby College that...

Girl injured during scuffle at Gophers-Iowa football game

November 27, 1996

A 14-year-old girl from Circle Pines, Minn., broke a bone in her back Saturday night when she was caught in the middle of a fight during the Gophers football game. Witnesses say an angry Minnesota fan...

Seniors reflect on U football career

November 25, 1996

During the third quarter of Minnesota's 43-24 loss to Iowa on Saturday, Gophers defensive tackle Jerome Davis aggravated a nagging groin injury. As it turned out, the injury was career-ending. Davis,...

Gophers hang close but lose to Iowa

November 25, 1996

As the final minutes slowly ticked off the Metrodome clock Saturday night, the Gophers football team found itself in a familiar position -- behind. Iowa's 43-24 victory was well in hand, and the intensity...

Losing helps Heath mature with Gophers football team

November 22, 1996

He was a cocky 18-year-old kid from Cincinnati, Ohio. He was alone; he was homesick; and suddenly he was broke. Rodney Heath's Gophers football career began, and almost ended, during his first month on...

Holtz says U not an option

November 20, 1996

Lou Holtz confirmed Tuesday what most people already assumed -- the former Gophers coach will not be returning to Dinkytown next season. Holtz, who resigned after 11 seasons as Notre Dame's head coach,...

Football team breaks 13-game streak

November 18, 1996

For nearly three hours Saturday night, the Illinois-Minnesota football game at the Metrodome was everything it was expected to be -- and maybe less. A gathering of 34,321 people, the Gophers' smallest...

Tepper admits letting U score on final drive

November 18, 1996

and Todd Zolecki Illinois football coach Lou Tepper has coached college football in some capacity since 1967. After all that time, Tepper picked a critical moment in the Illini's 23-21 loss to the Gophers...

Gophers and Illinois find reason to hustle

November 15, 1996

Prior to Tuesday, the Gophers football team's next two weekends were being billed as the biggest games of Coach Jim Wacker's career. Win both games, the coach stays; lose either one, he has to resign. Of...

Dienhart vows to get the right coach

November 14, 1996

Prior to practice Wednesday, one day after Gophers football coach Jim Wacker announced his resignation, freshman running back Byron Evans was pulled aside to discuss the prospects of playing for a new...

Wacker: We didn’t get it done’

November 13, 1996

At a packed press conference Tuesday morning, Gophers football coach Jim Wacker took a moment to discuss how emotional a person he can be. "I cry and laugh a lot," he said. "And I'm not going to apologize...

Illinois football coach fired during 2-7 season

November 12, 1996

Illinois head football coach Lou Tepper, whose team plays at Minnesota on Saturday, was fired Monday by Illinois athletics director Ron Guenther. Tepper, 51, will continue to coach the Illini for the...

Football team drops sixth straight

November 11, 1996

MADISON, Wis. -- With only 36 seconds remaining Saturday, the Gophers' defeat was almost complete. Wisconsin led by 17 points, and the Badgers had just recovered a Minnesota fumble. But the raucous fans...

Athletics director says Wacker won’t be fired

November 8, 1996

Anyone clamoring for the University to fire Gophers football coach Jim Wacker before the end of the season can relax for the time being. It's not going to happen. Men's athletics director Mark Dienhart...

Football coaches stay optimistic

November 7, 1996

After going four years with only two coaching changes, the Big Ten has lost two football coaches in the last week: Indiana's Bill Mallory and Purdue's Jim Colletto. Indiana fired Mallory last Thursday,...

Wisconsin boasts huge O-line

November 6, 1996

While preparing for last weekend's game against Purdue, Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez determined that his team was a little thin at the tight end position. With starter Ryan Sondrup injured,...

RB lives dream at ‘The Shoe’

November 5, 1996

As the final seconds ticked off the Ohio Stadium clock on Saturday and ended Ohio State's 45-0 trouncing of Minnesota, most of the Gophers ran straight to their locker room. Starting running back Thomas...

No surprise. Gophers lose 45-0 at Ohio State

November 4, 1996

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- By the time the Gophers and Ohio State finished their first quarter of football Saturday, a rather improbable scenario had developed at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes, ranked second in the...

Are you crazy? U thinks upset

November 1, 1996

Thursday afternoon, while the rest of the Twin Cities was taking evasive measures to avoid the cold weather, the Gophers football team bundled up and headed outside. With wind chills hovering just above...

OSU linebacker lives up to No. 45

October 31, 1996

Andy Katzenmoyer doesn't understand what all the hubbub is about. Katzenmoyer, an inside linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes, thinks of himself as just another player on the second-ranked team in the...

Ohio State football sets pacefor rest of Big Ten, country

October 30, 1996

Late Saturday night, immediately after Gophers coach Jim Wacker ended his post-game press conference, a reporter approached him for a final question. "Coach, what do you think about the Ohio State game...

Yawn … Wolverines beat U, 44-10

October 27, 1996

As the Metrodome game clock ticked down to zero, and the few remaining fans awoke from their slumber, and the Michigan Wolverines triumphantly hoisted the Little Brown Jug above their heads -- the answer...

Wacker unhappy about last-minute TD

October 27, 1996

There were plenty of explanations for why Michigan threw a 40-yard touchdown bomb with 30 seconds left in the Wolverines' 44-10 thrashing of Minnesota on Saturday. Some people said Coach Lloyd Carr was...

U football tries to avoid fall

October 25, 1996

Last year the Gophers ended their football season at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, with a 45-3 defeat and an emotional exit from the field. Weeks of frustration welled up on the way to the locker room, and...

Michigan football cautious about letdown vs. Gophers

October 23, 1996

Just past the midpoint of the season, Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr has plenty of things on his mind. But the Big Ten title isn't one of them. "I'm not concerned with the Rose Bowl at this point,"...

Thelwell breaks receiving record

October 22, 1996

At a media luncheon earlier this season, Gophers football coach Jim Wacker said split end Ryan Thelwell has "probably the most beautiful smile in the world." That smile was mostly absent following the...

Unconditional Support

October 21, 1996

One day about four years ago, when Noah Reedy was 10, he scrawled some thoughts in a notebook. "I wish I could do something," he wrote, "but I can't do anything." Everything seemed difficult to Noah back...

Spartans walk all over U football

October 21, 1996

Assorted players, media members and coaches took turns Saturday trying to describe the magnitude of the Gophers Homecoming game against Michigan State. A number of catch phrases were used, which is good,...

U looks for pass rush vs. Spartans

October 18, 1996

Until last week, it didn't really matter. It wasn't much of an issue. But, the Gophers football team is suddenly in a hurry to improve its pass rush. The numbers show the need. Through its first five...

Spartans football team suffers identity crisis

October 17, 1996

Practice had just ended for the Gophers football team Wednesday afternoon when defensive tackle Raymond Baylor was pulled aside for what sounded like a simple question: What's the first thing you think...

Badgers’ 0-2 Big Ten start not same as U’s

October 16, 1996

Much has been made of how close the Gophers football team was this year to starting the Big Ten season 2-0. Minnesota's two losses have come by a combined five points, and the Gophers had late chances...

U linebacker breaks leg, out for season

October 15, 1996

Just more than a week ago, Luke Braaten made his first career start for the Gophers football team. On Monday he underwent surgery that should sideline him for the rest of the season. Braaten, a redshirt...

EVANSTON, Ill. -…

October 14, 1996

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Amid the shouts from the standing crowd, grunts from the battered players and screams from the frenzied coaches, one inaudible noise emanated throughout Dyche Stadium late Saturday afternoon: Tick....

U, ‘Cats face same old biz

October 9, 1996

A lot has changed since the last time Northwestern and Minnesota faced each other on the football field. The most notable difference, of course, is that the Wildcats are now the defending Big Ten champions. But...

Gophers bond after loss to Purdue

October 8, 1996

Since the beginning of the season, the Gophers football team has described itself as closer and more unified than last year's squad. That became apparent at the end of its 30-27 loss at Purdue on Saturday....

Oops! Mistakes hurt U at Purdue

October 7, 1996

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- There was no finger-pointing, no single player or play to blame. And unfortunately for the Gophers football team, there was also no comeback. "We win as a team," defensive tackle...

Football wins have team in wonderland

October 4, 1996

All it takes is a quick look at the college football standings to see that something strange is going on: Minnesota is 3-0. But that's not the only unusual occurrence on campus this fall. Gophers receiver...

Opponents run circles around U

October 3, 1996

Tim Rose, the new defensive coordinator for the Gophers football team, has been with Minnesota for three games. All three were wins. This, of course, has Rose excited. But hardly carried away. "You can't...

New-look Purdue offense features more options

October 2, 1996

It was the quintessential gameplan for a Big Ten football team. And for three years, the Purdue Boilermakers ran it to near perfection. Run up the middle. Run off-tackle. Run the opposition over. From...

U football team enjoys week off

September 27, 1996

The Gophers football team is off to its best start in nearly a decade. It just knocked off a Top 25 team and picked up some votes in the national polls. Public interest and player confidence are peaking. Yet...

Gophers football team survives without Darkins at running back

September 26, 1996

On Sept. 30, 1995, the Minnesota football team saw what was supposed to be a preview of 1996. With super-senior Chris Darkins injured and out of the Gophers' game against Arkansas State, the sophomore...

Big Ten football loaded with talent

September 24, 1996

When Northwestern stunned the sports world last year by catapulting to the Rose Bowl, the college football community reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm. NU's run was heralded as being great for the...

Stipulations on Wacker’s contract do not faze the Gophers football team

September 24, 1996

Saturday's 35-33 upset of Syracuse kept the Gophers football team unbeaten this season. It also got the team a step closer to keeping its coach. A previously unknown clause in coach Jim Wacker's recent...

Can you believe it? U football is 3-0

September 24, 1996

In one week, a back-up safety has become a front-line scorer. A walk-on kicker has become a big-money performer. And a ridiculed football team has become a gutty, confident unit. The Gophers upgraded...

Changes highlight Big Ten kickoff

July 26, 1996

CHICAGO -- In the ever-evolving world of college football, the Big Ten had become the country's land of antiquity. It was the one place where the game's old ways stood and tradition ruled. But that appears...

Wildcats haven’t earned respect yet

July 26, 1996

CHICAGO -- It took coach Gary Barnett and his Northwestern football team nearly all of last season to earn the media's respect. And it looks like the Wildcats might have to earn it again this season. A...

McHugh having a blast playing roller hockey

May 31, 1996

During winter quarter in 1993, former Gophers hockey player Justin McHugh was making impressions all around campus. As a sophomore forward for Minnesota, McHugh became a fan favorite at Mariucci Arena...

Voelz seeks complex for two sports

May 24, 1996

Last month the University received $7 million from the state for the construction of an indoor tennis/ice rink facility. The funding assured that the Gophers tennis and women's ice hockey teams would...

U softball team not happy with season’s ending

May 21, 1996

The Gophers softball team ended its best season in five years during the weekend, and its future shows promise of even greater success. But following Minnesota's final loss Saturday at the NCAA South...

Gophers’ bats fall silent at regional

May 20, 1996

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The pitch felt good to Minnesota's Jennifer Johnson when she let it out of her hand, but it felt even better to Nicholls State's Angela Dugas as it popped off her bat. The shot went...