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Forward Rodney Williams attempts a basket Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.

Sampson leads Gophers past Eastern Kentucky

Published December 12, 2010

Eastern Kentucky brought the snow to Minneapolis on Saturday, and because of an ice-cold start by the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team, the Colonels brought a scare to Williams Arena for much...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Eastern Kentucky

Published December 11, 2010

Gophers vs. Eastern Kentucky

Live: Gophers men’s basketball at St. Joe’s

Published December 9, 2010

Gophers at St. Joe's

Joseph leads the way as Gophers fend off St. Josephs

Joseph leads the way as Gophers fend off St. Joseph’s

Published December 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA âÄî Tubby Smith can now claim that his No. 22 Gophers can win a tough game on the road against a team that, while young and untested, kept clawing back. St. JosephâÄôs cut...

Grueling coaching search is nothing new for Maturi

Grueling coaching search is nothing new for Maturi

Published December 8, 2010

Joel Maturi doesnâÄôt sleep very much. The Minnesota athletics director of eight-plus years asserts that his REM cycle conundrum has nothing to do with a recent 51-day search to find the next Gophers...

Joseph stepping in for Nolen yet again

Joseph stepping in for Nolen yet again

Published December 7, 2010

Devoe Joseph hasnâÄôt played a game away from Williams Arena since Xavier knocked the Gophers out of the NCAA Tournament on a neutral court in Milwaukee. Sure, he joined the team in Vancouver in...

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS AUG. 20 - 21 ** Southern Illinois University-Carbondale head football coach Jerry Kill talks with his players following practice on the campus, Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. Kill has lead his football team to back-to-back 10-2 seasons and the Salukis were ranked atop the Division 1-AA for several weeks last year and are again favored to win the conference and vie for their first national title in 22 years. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Kill has high academic incentives, receives $1.1m per year

Published December 7, 2010

The next Minnesota football coach will not be the richest headman in the Big Ten, but he stands to make a killing if the Gophers are competitive on the field and in the classroom. Over the weekend, Jerry...

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS AUG. 20 - 21 ** Southern Illinois University-Carbondale head football coach Jerry Kill talks with his players following practice on the campus, Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. Kill has lead his football team to back-to-back 10-2 seasons and the Salukis were ranked atop the Division 1-AA for several weeks last year and are again favored to win the conference and vie for their first national title in 22 years. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Gophers hire NIU coach Kill to lead football team

Published December 6, 2010

Jerry Kill will be the next Minnesota head football coach, the athletics department announced Sunday night. Kill, who signed a five-year contract, has been the head coach at Northern Illinois since 2008,...

Unlike Brewster, Kill avoiding overkill

Published December 6, 2010

It would be too obvious to point out that Jerry Kill, MinnesotaâÄôs 27th football coach, shares few similarities with Tim Brewster. On first glance, Kill is simply smaller and less intimidating...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Cornell

Published December 5, 2010

Gophers vs. Cornell

Source: Expect coach this weekend or early next week

Published December 4, 2010

The search for Minnesota's next football coach is soon coming to an end, according to a source close to the team. "Standby for this weekend or early next week," the source said via text message. Zach Johnson...

Free throws nearly cost Gophers in win over Cornell

Free throws nearly cost Gophers in win over Cornell

Published December 4, 2010

Tubby Smith was thrilled that the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team had 44 free-throw attempts Saturday night because it meant the Gophers were feeding the post and playing aggressive. He didnâÄôt...

Coaching search: The case for and against Randy Shannon

Published December 1, 2010

Being head coach of the Miami Hurricanes was Randy Shannon's dream job. He was born in Miami, played for the Hurricanes and only lived outside Miami when he played two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. After...

No. 15 Gophers look to recover after reality check

No. 15 Gophers look to recover after reality check

Published December 1, 2010

The problem: Virginia gave the No. 15 Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team a harsh dose of reality, beating the Gophers, 87-79, while exploiting glaring defensive problems that exist when the Gophers...

Two wins cap a memorable career for Weber

Two wins cap a memorable career for Weber

Published November 30, 2010

What was an implausible celebration Saturday quickly became a harsh reality for at least 26 people connected to MinnesotaâÄôs football program. The 15 seniors played the final game of their careers...

A culmination of progress for defense

A culmination of progress for defense

Published November 28, 2010

Troy StoudermireâÄôs performance Saturday perfectly represented the Minnesota defenseâÄôs body of work this season: Start poorly, finish strong and end on the highest note. Iowa successfully...

Senior guard Al Nolen attempts a basket against Winona State November 8 at Williams Arena.

Depleted No. 15 Gophers take on young Virginia squad

Published November 28, 2010

The main goal of the Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Challenge has always been to see which conference reigns supreme. Generally, that means the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team draws a middle-of-the-road...

Live: Gophers football vs. No. 24 Iowa

Published November 27, 2010

Gophers football vs. Iowa

Senior guard Al Nolen drives the ball against Winona State November 8 at Williams Arena.

Gophers’ Al Nolen to miss “a couple weeks” with foot injury

Published November 27, 2010

The No. 15 Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team will have to battle through some adversity in the coming weeks if it hopes to keep its record unblemished. Starting point guard Al Nolen could miss...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. NDSU

Published November 25, 2010

Gophers men's basketball vs. NDSU

Report: Maturi meets with Brady Hoke

Published November 24, 2010

Since reports about athletic director Joel Maturi possibly meeting with San Diego State football coach Brady Hoke surfaced earlier this week, both sides have confirmed what sounds like an informational...

Senior guard Al Nolen drives the ball against Winona State November 8 at Williams Arena.

Hoffarber dazzles as Gophers rout Bison

Published November 24, 2010

For Blake Hoffarber, it was just one of those nights. MinnesotaâÄôs senior guard hit from short, medium and long and finished the game with 24 points, including 15 in the first half, as the No....

Senior guard Al Nolen drives the ball against Winona State November 8 at Williams Arena.

No. 15 Gophers aim to continue momentum against NDSU

Published November 23, 2010

Two seasons ago the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team sat at 5-0 with an in-season tournament âÄî the NABC Classic âÄî title already in hand before cruising to 90-76 victory over...

Senior quarterback Adam Webber plays against Illinois November 13 in Champaign.

Floyd beginning to feel like greased pig

Published November 23, 2010

The last time MinnesotaâÄôs football team won a coveted trophy game was Nov. 18, 2006, in a 34-24 victory over Iowa that capped a three-game winning streak and made the Gophers bowl eligible in...

Gophers men’s basketball team ranked No. 15 in AP poll

Published November 22, 2010

After winning three games en route to a Puerto Rico Tip-Off title, the undefeated Minnesota men's basketball team (5-0) has the respect of the media. The Associated Press released its updated college basketball...

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress watches the action from the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Vikings defeated the Bears 36-10. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Both Minnesota football teams struggling to get ‘Chilly’ hot

Published November 22, 2010

By firing head coach Brad Childress on Monday, the Minnesota Vikings proved what everyone shouldâÄôve already known. TheyâÄôre the Gophers of the National Football League. The Vikings have...

North Carolinaís Larry Drew II, right, drives the ball against Minnesotaís Al Nolen during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Minessota won 72-67. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Gophers beat West Virginia to win Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Published November 21, 2010

Opening the season with a difficult nonconference schedule, the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team had a chance to make an early statement. By beating No. 8 North Carolina 72-67 on Friday then upending...

Gophers upset No. 8 North Carolina

Gophers upset No. 8 North Carolina

Published November 20, 2010

If there was any doubt, it's now pretty clear: look out for Tubby Smith's squad in early season tournaments. The Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team upset No. 8 North Carolina on Friday in the Puerto...

Sampson scores career-high 22 to lead Gophers past WKU

Sampson scores career-high 22 to lead Gophers past WKU

Published November 18, 2010

After starting the 2010-11 season with two lackluster wins, the Minnesota men's basketball team finally used its size to dominate a smaller opponent, beating Western Kentucky 95-77 in the first round of...

A chance for résumé building in Puerto Rico

A chance for résumé building in Puerto Rico

Published November 17, 2010

The timing of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off couldnâÄôt be better for the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team. The Gophers open the eight-team tournament in San Juan against Western Kentucky, a...

With bye, Gophers get another week to savor win

With bye, Gophers get another week to savor win

Published November 16, 2010

Normally a plane delay is aggravating, but MinnesotaâÄôs interim football coach Jeff Horton didnâÄôt mind sitting around with his team for three hours after beating Illinois in Champaign,...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Siena

Published November 16, 2010

Gophers men's basketball vs. Siena

Gophers overcome big first-half deficit to drop Siena

Gophers overcome big first-half deficit to drop Siena

Published November 15, 2010

Before the 2010-11 season began, Minnesota menâÄôs basketball coach Tubby Smith said he hoped his team could handle a schedule that started with two games against teams that made the NCAA tournament...

Running back DeLeon Eskridge breaks a tackle to complete a Gophers touchdown Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.  Running for a total of 61 yards, Eskridge provided three of five Minnesota touchdowns.

Gophers complete comeback to knock off Illinois

Published November 14, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. âÄì After nine consecutive losses, the Minnesota football team just wanted to have fun on Saturday against Illinois. Interim head coach Jeff Horton told the Gophers on Friday night...

Notebook: Just second win, but an emotional high

Published November 13, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. âÄì To Adam Weber, something special happened to the Minnesota football team this week. The senior quarterback said it had something to do with interim head coach Jeff HortonâÄôs...

Gophers announce signing of two touted guards

Published November 11, 2010

The Minnesota men's basketball team officially signed two of the nation's top 100 guards to the 2011-12 recruiting class Wednesday, according to a press release. Joe Coleman from Hopkins and Andre Hollins...

Among struggles, kicking and punting both make this list

Among struggles, kicking and punting both make this list

Published November 9, 2010

Anyone who has ever golfed understands the Minnesota football teamâÄôs struggles with kicking this season, interim head coach Jeff Horton said Tuesday. In practice, punter Dan Orseske and kicker...

Gophers junior tight end Eric Lair attempts to dodge Michigans senior line backer Greg Jones Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Notebook: Gray finally gets snaps under center

Published November 7, 2010

When Jeff Horton took over as interim head coach of the Minnesota football team Oct. 17, his e-mail inbox became flooded with requests to move MarQueis Gray back from wide receiver to quarterback. Three...

Hoffarber becoming more than 3-point man

Published November 7, 2010

If Minnesota menâÄôs basketball guard Blake Hoffarber wanted to prove heâÄôs honed his offensive skills other than the three-point shot, his performance in the Gophers first exhibition...

Gophers junior tight end Eric Lair attempts to dodge Michigans senior line backer Greg Jones Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Gophers struggle from start to finish at No. 16 Michigan State

Published November 6, 2010

The Minnesota football team needed just four plays to reach the red zone on the first drive during SaturdayâÄôs game against No. 16 Michigan State. After three plays moving backward or for no gain,...

Live: Gophers men’s basketball vs. Northeastern State

Published November 2, 2010

Gophers vs. Northeaster State

Gophers beaten down, roughed up, suspended

Published November 2, 2010

The already ailing Minnesota football team (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) will play shorthanded in what could be the GophersâÄô most difficult game of the season at No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday. Junior...

Gophers junior tight end Eric Lair attempts to dodge Michigans senior line backer Greg Jones Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

With 2010 lost, hope for 2011

Published November 2, 2010

Nobody âÄî fans, players or coaches âÄî wanted this to be the fate of the 2010 Minnesota football team. It was never going to be easy to replace the connection between quarterback Adam...

Gophers cruise in exhibition opener

Gophers cruise in exhibition opener

Published November 2, 2010

In its exhibition opener, the Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team looked ready to start the regular season, even if its opponent Tuesday night didnâÄôt have anyone taller than 6-foot-7. Behind...

Nolen back after season shortened by ineligibility

Published November 1, 2010

The 2010-11 Minnesota menâÄôs basketball season hasnâÄôt even started, but point guard Al Nolen has something to prove. The senior captain missed the final 17 games last season due to academic...

OSUs Herron hits first 100-yard mark of his career

OSU’s Herron hits first 100-yard mark of his career

Published October 31, 2010

Entering SaturdayâÄôs game, Ohio State junior running back Dan âÄúBoomâÄù Herron had never reached 100 rushing yards in a game. He had eclipsed 90 yards five times and reached a...

Live: Gophers football vs. Ohio State

Published October 30, 2010

Gophers football vs. Ohio State

Heisman-hopeful Pryor coming to town

Heisman-hopeful Pryor coming to town

Published October 26, 2010

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday heâÄôs been seeing MinnesotaâÄôs senior quarterback Adam Weber in his sleep this week. If thatâÄôs the case, the No. 10 BuckeyesâÄô...

Junior Wide Receiver Da’Jon McKnight scores a touchdown against Penn State on Saturday at TCF Bank stadium.

Gophers fall in Horton’s first game as coach

Published October 24, 2010

Regardless of whoâÄôs coaching, everyone on the Gophers football team knows itâÄôs difficult to win games with self-inflicted wounds. But like the six weeks before, that understanding wasnâÄôt...

Gophers, Horton felt less pressure Saturday

Gophers, Horton felt less pressure Saturday

Published October 24, 2010

The Minnesota football team hasnâÄôt won since Sept. 2, so the players should have felt more urgency than ever before to take down Penn State and win the GovernorâÄôs Victory Bell on Saturday,...

Gophers still need $3.5 million to start building baseball stadium

Published October 20, 2010

Since the Pohlad family's $2 million May donation brought fundraising up to about $3.5 million, the total has steadily increased to about $4 million, according to booster Bob McNamara. The athletics...

Horton, Gophers got nothin to lose

Horton, Gophers got nothin’ to lose

Published October 19, 2010

Jeff Horton is in a strange position. After just seven games as the Minnesota co-offensive coordinator, heâÄôs been cast as interim head coach in place of Tim Brewster, who was fired Sunday. The...

Mike Leach listening to all openings

Published October 18, 2010

Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach addressed the vacant head coaching position at Minnesota just a day after athletics director Joel Maturi fired Tim Brewster Sunday. The winningest coach in Red Raiders...

So begins the search

Published October 18, 2010

The search for Tim BrewsterâÄôs replacement is on, and since Minnesota is the first Football Bowl Subdivision program to fire its head coach this season, the options are plentiful. Athletics director...

Brewster out after sixth loss

Published October 18, 2010

Just eight days after seeing his record in trophy games fall to 0-10 at the hands of Wisconsin, MinnesotaâÄôs fourth-year head football coach Tim Brewster received the ax. But it wasnâÄôt...

Brewsters record made worse by style

Brewster’s record made worse by style

Published October 17, 2010

It picked up during the Minnesota football teamâÄôs embarrassing loss to South Dakota. âÄúFire Brewster,âÄù roared the student section âÄî and others âÄî during...

Live: Gophers football vs. Purdue

Published October 16, 2010

Gophers football vs. Purdue

1500 ESPN: Brewster’s job on line at Purdue

Published October 15, 2010

According to a story from ESPN's Twin Cities radio network, Gophers head football coach Tim Brewster will be coaching with his job on the line Saturday at Purdue. Team spokesman Andy Seeley would not confirm...

Stoudermire 45 yards short of Big Ten record

Stoudermire 45 yards short of Big Ten record

Published October 12, 2010

Troy Stoudermire needs just 45 yards to break the Big Ten record for kickoff return yards held by former Michigan State star Derrick Mason. The junior averages about 25 yards per return, so unless the...

Gophers football ranked No. 114 by CBS Sports

Published October 12, 2010

CBSSports.com released its Week 7 college football power rankings, and it requires a decent amount of scrolling down the page to find Minnesota. The Gophers (1-5, 0-2 Big Ten) rank 114th of the 120 Football...

Badgers redshirt junior running back John Clay pushes through the Gophers defense to score a touchdown Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Badgers drop Gophers to 1-5, keep Axe

Published October 10, 2010

MADISON, Wisc. âÄî Entering the third quarter against No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday, the momentum was all on the Minnesota sideline. The Gophers had scored the final nine points of the half, held...

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Badgers redshirt sophomore defensive back Shelton Johnson fails to stop Gophers junior wide receiver DaJon McKnight from scoring a touchdown Saturday at Madison.

Notebook: Brewster heated after two-point conversion attempt

Published October 10, 2010

MADISON, Wisc. âÄî If losing a seventh straight border battle to No. 20 Wisconsin wasnâÄôt bad enough for Minnesota, watching Badgers coach Bret Bielema try a two-point conversion when...

Royston’s leg at ‘99.8 percent’

Published October 6, 2010

Gophers senior safety Kim Royston hasnâÄôt played a game at Camp Randall Stadium since Nov. 10, 2007 when Wisconsin trounced No. 13 Michigan, 37-21. Royston wore a cardinal and white jersey that...

Gophers players looking to grab the axe for the first time

Gophers players looking to grab the axe for the first time

Published October 5, 2010

An opportunity for salvation. ThatâÄôs how a number of the Minnesota football players view SaturdayâÄôs game at No. 20 Wisconsin, the 120th edition of the longest running rivalry in college...

Northwestern overcame key errors

Published October 3, 2010

Northwestern did everything it could to give SaturdayâÄôs game away in the first three quarters. Even after stealing a 29-28 win at Minnesota, coach Pat Fitzgerald said he needs a haircut to remove...

Live: Gophers football vs. Northwestern

Published October 2, 2010

Live: Gophers football vs. Northwestern

WR Stoudermire rejoins team

Published September 30, 2010

Junior Troy Stoudermire rejoined the Minnesota football team this week after being reinstated for a âÄúself-inflictedâÄù suspension that coach Tim Brewster said was âÄúconduct detrimental...

Notebook: Stoudermire reinstated

Notebook: Stoudermire reinstated

Published September 29, 2010

Less than week after announcing Troy Stoudermire's indefinite suspension, Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster reinstated the junior wide receiver Tuesday. "He will be back with our team, and thatâÄôs...

WR Troy Stoudermire reinstated

Published September 28, 2010

About a week after announcing Troy Stoudermire's indefinite suspension, Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster said the junior wide receiver has been reinstated.  "He will be back with our team, and...

Notebook: “Fire Brewster” chants flare up

Published September 26, 2010

When Northern Illinois took a 20-13 lead into the second half, the chants were as loud as theyâÄôve ever been at TCF Bank Stadium. âÄúFire Brewster,âÄù bellowed much of the student...

Gophers lose third straight home game

Gophers lose third straight home game

Published September 25, 2010

The last time the Gophers lost three games in a row was in 2007, when they dropped their final five and had to wait eight months to end the drought. The season before saw the Gophers lose their final 10...

WR Troy Stoudermire no longer a Gopher

WR Troy Stoudermire ‘no longer a Gopher’

Published September 23, 2010

Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster gave little explanation as to what junior wide receiver Troy Stoudermire did to be indefinitely suspended for âÄúconduct detrimental to the team, saying only,...

Gophers head coach Tim Brewster (left) and senior quarterback Adam Webber stand with their team after losing to the University of Southern California Trojans 32-21 Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Royston not likely to play Saturday

Published September 21, 2010

The GophersâÄô secondary played substantially better with the return of senior safety Kyle Theret against Southern California last Saturday, but the group remains hobbled by Kim RoystonâÄôs...

RB Bennett wasn’t 100 percent for USC

Published September 20, 2010

Junior running back Duane Bennett saw little playing time in the Gophers 32-21 loss to then-No. 18 Southern California because he was not 100 percent, coach Tim Brewster said Sunday. Bennett averaged 145.5...

Live: Gophers football vs. No. 18 USC

Published September 18, 2010

 Minnesota (1-1) is set to host No. 18 South California at TCF Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Check back for live updates throughout the game. All Twitter fans can follow the action @mndailysports...

Pregame report: Gophers football vs. USC

Published September 18, 2010

 The most-hyped game in recent Minnesota football history is finally upon us as the Gophers host No. 18 Southern California at 2:30 p.m.  Minnesota coach Tim Brewster promised to add top-notch...

Gophers junior tight end Eric Lair attempts to receives a pass but is blocked by Southern California freshman Nickell Robey Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Kiffin so-so on USC’s performance

Published September 18, 2010

At the 7:15 mark in the first quarter Saturday, No. 18 Southern California trailed for the first time since first-year head coach Lane Kiffin took over. Kiffin wasnâÄôt worried about the 7-0 deficit...

WR Connor Cosgrove diagnosed with leukemia

WR Connor Cosgrove diagnosed with leukemia

Published September 15, 2010

Gophers wide receiver Connor Cosgrove has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, coach Tim Brewster said after WednesdayâÄôs practice. Cosgrove, 19, is a redshirt freshman who walked on...

Gophers battered, but looking to bury ugly loss and focus on USC

Gophers battered, but looking to bury ugly loss and focus on USC

Published September 14, 2010

The pain was instant. The swelling soon followed. The film might be locked away. All memories of the Minnesota football teamâÄôs loss to South Dakota may be pushed deep down. But the Coyotes collectively...

Notebook: Poor tackling hurts Gophers

Notebook: Poor tackling hurts Gophers

Published September 12, 2010

Tackling The GophersâÄô defensive line and linebackers struggled to perform this most-basic football skill in SaturdayâÄôs 41-38 loss to South Dakota. âÄúTackling is tackling,âÄù...

Gophers upset in home opener, 41-38

Gophers upset in home opener, 41-38

Published September 11, 2010

It was a classic trap game. Minnesota was a Big Ten program playing in its shiny second-year stadium, a 30-point favorite against South Dakota, a team that couldnâÄôt manage a winning record last...

Jon Hoese’s father passes away

Published September 7, 2010

Jon Hoese's status for the upcoming Gophers game is again uncertain this week and understandably so. His father Terry, 53, died Monday night after being in critical condition following an Aug. 26 stroke. With...

Second go-around at the “new” stadium

Published September 7, 2010

Moving into a new house is often one of the more exhilarating moments in peopleâÄôs lives, but many questions arise during the early stages of the change. Most importantly, often, is how long itâÄôll...

Junior Deleon Eskridge during a scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium in April. Eskridge finished with 12 carries for 40 yards Thursday night against Middle Tennessee State.

Football notebook: Bennett puts up big numbers

Published September 5, 2010

It took until his junior season, but Duane Bennett finally looks like the star running back the Gophers have lacked the past few seasons. He was the definition of a work horse Thursday, running 30 times...

Live blog: Gophers football at Middle Tennessee State

Published September 3, 2010

And the score is final: Gophers 24, MTSU 17. Gophers played fairly well on the whole, but special teams and the passing game certainly need work before Big Ten play begins. Duane Bennett had a MONSTER...

Will Denver be a good fit for Decker?

Published April 26, 2010

Unfortunately, I missed the second half of the third round of the NFL Draft Friday night. I had to leave midway through to see the Caleb Truax fight, but I was quickly alerted when the Denver Broncos took...

What’s in a Minnesota athlete’s name?

Published April 19, 2010

When sports fans donâÄôt have a vested interest in a sporting event, they often look for any reason to cheer for one side or the other. The explanation can be as simple as rooting for David to...

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No need to invite more to Big Dance

Published April 5, 2010

Look, itâÄôs a foregone conclusion that if the Division I MenâÄôs Basketball Committee wants to expand the Big Dance to 96 teams, then itâÄôs going to happen. And since it appears...

Searching for a reason behind U’s hockey woes

Published March 29, 2010

For anyone who follows hockey, the apparent fall of the Minnesota menâÄôs team became all too real this year. The end of the 2009-10 season saw the Gophers miss a second-straight NCAA tournament....

Position battles will highlight spring

Published March 22, 2010

The Gophers football team will open spring practice Tuesday with many unanswered questions for the 2010 season. MinnesotaâÄôs tough schedule next fall includes a Sept. 18 matchup with Southern...

Filling out the bracket: Steps for the Big Dance

Filling out the bracket: Steps for the Big Dance

Published March 8, 2010

The term âÄúMarch MadnessâÄù is thrown around so loosely that it has almost lost its meaning. But with Selection Sunday coming up this weekend, I find it difficult to describe the NCAA...

Gophers digging a bigger hole

Gophers digging a bigger hole

Published February 15, 2010

I truly feel for Tubby Smith . With the Gophers menâÄôs basketball teamâÄôs devastating loss to Northwestern on Sunday, the third-year head coachâÄôs streak of 20-win seasons is...

Scrimmage in new stadium

Big promises, little progress

Published February 11, 2010

Despite compiling a 14-24 record in his first three seasons with the Gophers, Tim Brewster signed a two-year extension last week to remain MinnesotaâÄôs head football coach until 2013. Though some...

Its now or never for Gophers to revive tournament hopes

It’s now or never for Gophers to revive tournament hopes

Published February 1, 2010

Jan. 9 at Williams Arena: Minnesota 73, Ohio State 62. Jan. 31 in Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State 85, Minnesota 63. Although these games could just signify the importance of home-court advantage in the Big...

Gopher Womens Hockey vs. North Dakota

Sports expectations in Land of 10,000 Lakes should fall

Published January 25, 2010

As someone who has not lived in Minnesota my entire life, I feel I can offer a relatively objective opinion on the state of Minneapolis-based Minnesota teams. I hate to bring up the Vikings so soon after...

Gophers open Big Ten duals with two different wins

Published January 24, 2010

Two road conference duals offered Minnesota a chance to start the Big Ten season by making a statement. Yet the wins over Michigan State on Friday and Michigan on Saturday were two very different statements....

Weber’s final season could be even more difficult

Weber’s final season could be even more difficult

Published January 19, 2010

Adam WeberâÄôs tough career as MinnesotaâÄôs quarterback may soon become even more complicated. Should current Gophers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch accept a job...

Wasted weekend highlights need for playmaker

Published November 30, 2009

The Minnesota menâÄôs basketball team had a golden opportunity to climb the rankings this weekend after a win over then-No. 12 Butler in the 76 Classic on Thursday. But the next two games shed...

Gophers dominate in season opener

Gophers dominate in season opener

Published November 29, 2009

After two open meets, the Gophers started their dual-meet season in dominant fashion with a 31-9 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. The contest did not start how No. 4 Minnesota had hoped, with the Roadrunners...

Gophers open with dual-meet win

Published November 29, 2009

After two open meets, the Gophers wrestling team started its dual-meet season in dominant fashion with a 31-9 victory over Cal State-Bakersfield. The contest did not start how No. 4 Minnesota had hoped,...