The Minnesota Daily

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Tubby Smith: “I had early stages of prostate cancer”

May 11, 2011

Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith released a statement today saying that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. The statement is copied below. “Amid speculation I want to make it aware...

Illness and injury take their toll on performance in Madison

May 2, 2011

Coach Wendy Davis compared the Gophers rowing team to the Minnesota Twins. Right now, thatâÄôs not a good thing. Minnesota competed against Wisconsin, and due partly to illnesses and injuries,...

Ralph Sampson III declares for NBA draft

April 28, 2011

Gophers center Ralph Sampson III was among 89 players on the 2011 NBA draft early-entry list released by the league today. Sampson has until May 8 to withdraw from the draft pool and can return to Minnesota...

Times always dropping, Gophers looking to make a run at Badgers

April 28, 2011

When the Gophers rowing team saw Wisconsin three weeks ago, the Badgers were the much faster team. But Minnesota has finally had consecutive days âÄî even weeks âÄî of practicing on open...

Kill: Infant steps taken, onto summer

Kill: Infant steps taken, onto summer

April 25, 2011

Head coach Jerry Kill wasnâÄôt hesitant to call SaturdayâÄôs spring football game the GophersâÄô 15th practice. The team scrimmaged for 80 minutes, didnâÄôt have punts or...

Gray feeling comfortable as face of football program

Gray feeling comfortable as face of football program

April 25, 2011

MarQueis Gray didnâÄôt take many hits during spring football practice, but when the 2011 season comes around, he said he wonâÄôt avoid contact. âÄúIf itâÄôs me and that...

Jerry Kill: A party animal at heart

April 21, 2011

The Gophers football team held its "Field Frenzy" for students at Thursday's spring practice, and coach Jerry Kill addressed the students who braved the cold to watch the team. Kill told students he needed...

Long snapper wrestles with dual roles

Long snapper wrestles with dual roles

April 21, 2011

Jake Filkins loves MinnesotaâÄôs football season because he can eat whatever he wants. The two-sport athlete doesnâÄôt have the same luxury during the GophersâÄô wrestling season. Filkins,...

Finding its rhythm, defense outplays offense at Tuesday’s practice

April 20, 2011

The GophersâÄô defense just needed to slow down a little bit before it could speed things up in spring ball. With about two-thirds of the new playbook installed, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys...

The O-Line, Limegrover’s second family

The O-Line, Limegrover’s second family

April 19, 2011

Gophers offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover knows how to coach offensive linemen because itâÄôs all heâÄôs ever done. Since playing on the line at the University of Chicago in the late...

Second varsity eight wins twice in blustery Boston

April 18, 2011

MinnesotaâÄôs second varsity eight rowing boat had an impressive weekend, fighting off tough weather and strong competition to win both its heats at the Charles River Challenge in Boston. The GophersâÄô...

After week of open water practice, Gophers believe times will drop

April 14, 2011

  The Minnesota rowing team wonâÄôt even be in Boston until Thursday night, but the Gophers already feel somewhat disrespected by their opponents in this weekendâÄôs Charles River...

Tubby shores up team with JC recruits

April 14, 2011

  The Gophers menâÄôs basketball team announced the signing of two players for the 2011-12 season during the late signing period Wednesday. Guard Julian Welch and forward Andre Ingram will...

McKnight injured at Tuesday practice

McKnight injured at Tuesday practice

April 13, 2011

Minnesota wide receiver DaâÄôJon McKnight limped around the field with a bag of ice around his left knee after injuring it midway through practice Tuesday. Although head coach Jerry Kill didnâÄôt...

On open water, Minnesota struggles

April 11, 2011

A weekend trip to East Lansing, Mich. for the Minnesota rowing team was filled with ups and downs. Unfortunately for the Gophers, though, most of the ups came Friday when the team practiced fully on water...

Trip to Michigan offers Gophers relief from that ‘hamsters in a wheel’ feeling

April 7, 2011

The Gophers rowing team hasnâÄôt competed in three weeks, but as the women look ahead to this weekendâÄôs meet against Michigan and Michigan State, theyâÄôre excited just to practice. Lakes...

Rust to shed, Royston back on field

Rust to shed, Royston back on field

April 6, 2011

Before the Gophers played Wisconsin last season, senior safety Kim Royston said he felt 99.8 percent healthy and would be a âÄúgame-time decisionâÄù to play against his former team. That...

Slechta qualifies for NCAA tourney, Gophers miss by slim margin

April 5, 2011

Freshman gymnast Kayla Slechta set a pretty high bar this weekend. And it wasnâÄôt one on which she had to perform during this weekendâÄôs NCAA regional meet. After four strong performances,...

Gray making strong case for top QB

April 4, 2011

Six practices into spring football, MarQueis Gray has done nothing short of blow other players away in what is supposedly a quarterback competition. He completes more passes than others vying for the position,...

On vault, Chase is first-team All-Big 10

On vault, Chase is first-team All-Big 10

April 4, 2011

Though the Gophers menâÄôs gymnastics team finished fifth at the Big Ten championships, the team left with a bit of a pick-me-up thanks to Zack Chase. The freshman hit two vault routines good enough...

Women head to regionals; men compete in Big Tens

Women head to regionals; men compete in Big Tens

March 31, 2011

The three competing seniors on the Gophers womenâÄôs gymnastics team know the stakes at this weekendâÄôs NCAA regional. ItâÄôs essentially win, finish second or go home. âÄúI...

Coach Kill’s letter to fans

March 30, 2011

For whatever reason, I put my name on the sign-in sheet on the first day of Gophers spring football practice. Coach Jerry Kill said he would be sending a signed letter to everyone on the list, and I received...

Familiar faces, and especially Cooper, stand out in first full-contact practice

Familiar faces, and especially Cooper, stand out in first full-contact practice

March 30, 2011

Keanon Cooper weighs about 170 pounds less than Johnathan Ragoo, so when the two lined up across from each other to see who could push the other one further off the line, some people at Gophers spring...

Kill’s approach is new, with fans too

Kill’s approach is new, with fans too

March 28, 2011

After SaturdayâÄôs spring football practice, head coach Jerry Kill delayed talking to the media for about a half hour. It wasnâÄôt intentional. He was too busy talking to some of the 200...

Reports: Junior Colton Iverson granted release from Gophers

Reports: Junior Colton Iverson granted release from Gophers

March 28, 2011

Junior center Colton Iverson has been granted a release from the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team, according to several reports. The team has yet to announce the news, but Iverson confirmed he is...

Report: Gophers center Colton Iverson granted release

March 26, 2011

Junior Colton Iverson has been granted a release from the Minnesota men's basketball team, according to a report from James Cimburek of the Yankton Press & Dakotan in South Dakota. Cimburek cited an...

Gophers cancel rowing meet against Iowa

March 25, 2011

Due to weather restrictions, the Gophers rowing team has cancelled its upcoming dual against Iowa. Minnesota was set to travel to Iowa City to compete against the Hawkeyes, but cold and wind has forced...

Kill starts fast-paced spring football practice

March 25, 2011

The Gophers football team started spring practice Thursday, and first-year coach Jerry Kill didn't hold any punches. He sped up the tempo, demanding that the players worked through every whistle, and he...

All must earn play, even Gray, says Kill

March 24, 2011

Jerry Kill has learned quite a bit about the Gophers football team he inherited in December. And although the new head coach will learn even more when spring practice begins, some players might not have...

Rowers run aground by spring floods

Rowers run aground by spring floods

March 24, 2011

While families and businesses around the Twin Cities brace for the upcoming spring floods, the University of Minnesota campus is expected to avoid any significant damage âÄî apart from having a...

Legendary football coach Murray Warmath dies at 98

March 21, 2011

He had a sense of humor that matched his infectious smile. He loved quail hunting and fishing. But Murray Warmath, who died at the age of 98 at his Bloomington, Minn., residence Wednesday night, will forever...

Though rumors swirl, Tubby stays put

March 21, 2011

The rumors have started again. Will Tubby Smith stay or go? If the coachâÄôs words following MinnesotaâÄôs first-round exit from the Big Ten tournament hold any merit, heâÄôs not...

Finally on open water, boats have strong showing vs. Tennessee

March 21, 2011

The Gophers rowing team spent the duration of spring break in Tennessee, starting with two scrimmages, before opening the spring season. Despite being relegated to rowing machines because the Mississippi...

Former Gophers football coach Murray Warmath dies at 98

March 16, 2011

Murray Warmath, the last coach to lead the Gophers football team to a Rose Bowl, died of natural causes at his Bloomington home Wednesday night. He was 98. Warmath coached in two Rose Bowls at Minnesota...

Reports: PG Julian Welch commits to Gophers

March 13, 2011

Looking ahead to the 2011-12 season, Tubby Smith wasn't content with the point guard position, so he went out and found another one. According to multiple reports, junior college point guard Julian Welch...

Michigan's Tim Hardaway, Jr. follows the ball during his team's 68-61 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

Michigan’s fight impressive in defeat

March 12, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- Down by 17 to No. 1 Ohio State with less than 4 minutes to play, Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander told the players to keep fighting. The Wolverines listened, and a 3-pointer from...

Ohio State's freshmen unfazed

Ohio State’s freshmen unfazed

March 11, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS âÄì Keep pulling the trigger. ThatâÄôs the message Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger said his father gives him to handle the pressure. Sullinger and the Buckeyes have only...

Tubby Smith reflecting on what went wrong for the Gophers

March 11, 2011

After the Gophers men’s basketball team lost to Northwestern, 75-65, in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday, one reporter asked coach Tubby Smith about the direction of the program. In...

Live: Big Ten tournnament: Gophers vs. Northwestern

March 10, 2011

Gophers vs. Northwestern

Gophers one and done at Big Ten tournament

March 10, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS âÄì A few weeks ago, the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team thought a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament would be a disappointment. After losing 10 of 11 games, Minnesota...

Still no Al, but in need of Big 10 title

Still no Al, but in need of Big 10 title

March 10, 2011

Despite entering on a five-game losing streak, the Gophers menâÄôs basketball team has recent history on its side heading into the Big Ten tournament. Minnesota hasnâÄôt lost a first round...

An illustrious career, to be continued

An illustrious career, to be continued

March 9, 2011

HeâÄôs not fast enough. HeâÄôs not strong enough. HeâÄôs nothing but a shooter. He wonâÄôt make it at a big-time Division I basketball program. The critics have yet to stop...

Mbakwe earns second-team All-Big Ten honors

March 8, 2011

After leading the league in rebounding in his first season with the Gophers, junior forward Trevor Mbakwe earned a spot on the All-Big Ten second team from both coaches and the media, the conference announced...

Gophers sophomore Rodney Williams goes for a layup against Penn State Sunday in the Williams Arena. Gophers lost to Penn State by 3 points.

Skid at 5, airball encapsulates woes

March 7, 2011

Ralph SampsonâÄôs shot defined the end of the regular season. With 31.3 seconds left in the game and 21 ticks left on the shot clock, the junior forwardâÄôs 3-point attempt fell short and...

Newly hired McCutcheon says hi, bye for 18 months

March 7, 2011

Newly hired Gophers volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon visited the Twin Cities this weekend to meet with the team face-to-face for the first time. The future coach also learned what he can and cannot...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Penn State

March 6, 2011

Gophers vs. Penn State

On the road, another lead evaporates

March 3, 2011

EVANSTON, Ill. âÄî Grab a lead in the second half, lose focus and watch the season slip away. ItâÄôs becoming the common trend of the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team. In another...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball at Northwestern

March 3, 2011

Gophers at Northwestern

Lineup shakeup possible in Evanston

Lineup shakeup possible in Evanston

March 2, 2011

With the Gophers menâÄôs basketball teamâÄôs season stumbling toward a disappointing finish, head coach Tubby Smith is considering making a change to the starting lineup. Freshman Maverick...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Michigan

February 26, 2011

Gophers vs. Michigan