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Carabajal looking to bring team along

Published May 5, 2008

Finishing the season as the Gophers' top female gymnast in the all-around, obtaining the team's highest average score in all four events, gaining first-team All-Big Ten honors, earning a spot to the April...

Brewster set for his 2nd spring game

Published April 25, 2008

After 14 official practices, intense weight room workouts and hours of film studying, the Minnesota football team will cap off its 2008 spring season with the annual spring game on Friday. The Gophers...

Improved defense has Brewster happy

Published April 23, 2008

Going through its second-to-last practice of the spring, the Minnesota football team again took advantage of the warm spring weather and practiced outside on the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex on Tuesday. Although...

Men head to Stanford to compete in the National Championships

Published April 17, 2008

Just when the weather warmed up in Minnesota, the No. 8-ranked Gophers men's gymnastics team left town for even warmer temperatures at the 2008 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics Championships at Stanford...

Minn. pleased with third-place finish

Published April 14, 2008

Placing third out of six teams at Saturday's NCAA North Central Region Championship was not enough to qualify the Minnesota women's gymnastics team for the NCAA Championship, cutting short an otherwise...

Defense starting to take shape

Published April 2, 2008

Just like the neighboring Minnesota Twins were able to avoid Tuesday night's snow storm by playing under the friendly confines of the Metrodome, the Minnesota football team kept itself warm and dry Tuesday...

Early problems doom Gophers

Published March 31, 2008

Unlike many other sports, a gymnastics score is tallied not just by performance, but how someone judges that performance. Although the Minnesota women's gymnastics team had to count a fall on its first...

With 1-11 year officially in the past, Brewster looking ahead

Published March 26, 2008

With a 1-11 season now in the rearview mirror, Minnesota's head football coach Tim Brewster spoke with a fresh tone at the start of spring football practice Tuesday. While Brewster said he would continue...

With nationals approaching, women head to West Virginia

Published March 14, 2008

With only two meets left until the Big Ten Championships, the Minnesota women's gymnastics squad gets some early preparation when it travels to West Virginia for a four-team meet on Saturday. While the...

Post play is king in past, present, future

Published March 3, 2008

From the moment he stepped onto the Ohio State campus, it was widely speculated that former Buckeyes center Greg Oden would play college basketball for only one season. This became truth after the dominating...

Gymnasts edge past Temple, Nebraska

Published March 3, 2008

Before the No. 8-ranked Minnesota men's gymnastics squad's first three-team home meet of the season with No. 9 Temple and No. 10 Nebraska, Gophers head coach Mike Burns said that it would come down to...

Rested and ready, Minnesota hosts Nebraska and Temple at Sports Pavilion for three-team home meet

Published February 29, 2008

After being idle for two of the last three weekends, the No. 8 Minnesota men's gymnastics team should come into Saturday's three-team meet against Nebraska and Temple rested and ready to compete. Two Gophers...

Gophers get a break from top teams in the nation

Published February 22, 2008

The No. 25 Minnesota women's gymnastics team has seen a wide spectrum of competition over the last month with road meets against No. 2 Utah and No. 5 Michigan, and the Best of Minnesota meet with in-state...

Gophers hire new defensive coordinator

Published February 21, 2008

Just three days after Everett Withers officially left his position as defensive coordinator at Minnesota to take the same job at North Carolina, the Gophers seem to have found his replacement. Ted Roof,...

Gymnasts make more than one adjustment

Published February 20, 2008

It's enough of a challenge for incoming freshmen at the University to adapt to college life coming from the shelter of a high school atmosphere. But for freshmen Yuri Nagai and Ana Balboa, the change to...

Director of football operations steps down after one season

Published February 15, 2008

Minnesota's Director of Football Operations Randy Taylor resigned from his position with the team, according to a press release by the University on Thursday. Gophers head coach Tim Brewster said that...

Win puts Minn. back at .500

Published February 11, 2008

Saturday's contest between Minnesota and Iowa was strangely reminiscent of their '07-'08 basketball seasons. The Gophers started strong but struggled mightily in the middle. The Hawkeyes had a hard time...

Top 2009 in-state recruit commits to Minnesota

Published February 8, 2008

Just when Gophers fans had a chance to let the success of the No. 17 ranked 2008 recruiting class sink in, Tim Brewster went and changed their plans. On Sunday night, Zach Johnson of GopherIllustrated.com...

Gophers battle with hometown teams

Published February 8, 2008

Following a Utah meet in which the Gophers women's gymnastics team saw both their highest team score and largest crowd of the year, they now come home seeking more of a good thing. This Saturday marks...

Gophers return to old form Sunday

Published February 4, 2008

Since Tubby Smith arrived in Minnesota, the Gophers have played like a relatively new team compared to the one that finished with a 9-22 record in 2007. But on Sunday afternoon against Wisconsin, Smith...

Calgary nips Minnesota after U alum’s showing on high-bar

Published January 28, 2008

The Minnesota men's gymnastics team welcomed some prehistoric competition into the Sports Pavilion on Saturday as the Calgary Dinosaurs stamped into town. It was a close battle that came down to the very...

Injury benches tenacious Nolen

Published January 22, 2008

One of the most surprising aspects on the 2007-2008 Minnesota men's basketball team has been the emergence of freshman point guard Al Nolen. Although not a starter, Nolen averages the fourth most minutes...

Gophers hold Big Ten scoring leader to 12 points in the loss

Published January 17, 2008

Indiana's freshman guard Eric Gordon came into Thursday night leading the Big Ten in scoring at 23 points per game. Against Minnesota, however, 2007's No. 2 ranked recruit in the country barely managed...

Freshman Nolen helps Gophers steal road win from Nittany Lions

Published January 9, 2008

In building a strong resume for the Div. 1 NCAA tournament bid, conference road victories are a large factor for teams that are on the bubble. With a 76-73 comeback victory at Penn State (10-5 overall,...

Hoffarber’s hot shooting and Coleman’s inside play leads Gophers to first Big Ten win

Published January 9, 2008

It's official. The Barn is alive once again. The experience that one receives from attending a game in Williams Arena is both unique and exhilarating, but cannot be fully appreciated without the right...

Hoffarber’s hot shooting gives Gophers a halftime lead

Published January 9, 2008

Freshman guard Blake Hoffarber has been a spark all season off the bench for Minnesota, especially with his smooth shooting touch from outside. In Minnesota's Big Ten home opener against Northwestern,...

All-American quarterback Marqueis Gray commits to Minnesota

Published January 5, 2008

The U.S. Army High School All-American game has a special tradition of allowing previously uncommitted high school seniors to choose their favorite school on national television. Prior to this season,...

Gophers steal a win from Santa Clara

Published December 23, 2007

With a 10 game layoff after its narrow victory over South Dakota State, Minnesota's defense came prepared and rested to steal a 68-50 win over Santa Clara on Saturday. The Gophers' latest mountain to climb...

No moral victory for Jackrabbits

Published December 22, 2007

Before Wednesday night's tip-off, it was expected that a 3-5 South Dakota team transitioning to Division I would be satisfied with a close defeat to 6-1 Minnesota coached by Tubby Smith at home. But after...

Season opener is awaiting men’s gymnasts in Chicago, but first there is some work to be done

Published December 12, 2007

It's almost time for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team to spring into action. With their first real competition kicking off one month from today, the Gophers will be spending the majority of winter break...

Mays, Dmitriev shine at intrasquad

Published December 3, 2007

The Gophers men's gymnastics team got off to a high-flying start Sunday afternoon during their annual intrasquad meet in the Sports Pavilion. Many of the die-hard Minnesota gymnastics fans braved the weekend...

Recruits turning into results for Burns

Published November 29, 2007

It's winter, and that means it's time for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team to jump back on the horse. The pommel horse, that is. The Gophers come into the 2007 season ranked No. 7 in the preseason edition...

Foul troubles spelled trouble

Published November 28, 2007

The Gophers got down early against the Seminoles on Tuesday, and were unable to mount any kind of comeback mainly because of foul trouble, committing 24 players' fouls to put Florida State in the bonus...

Gophers sloppy early, but still win

Published November 26, 2007

After a rough fall season for Minnesota athletics, Gophers fans were left with little to be happy about as they ate their turkey dinners over the Thanksgiving holiday. up next florida state what: Men's...

Cyclones center Brackins shows sign of brilliance against Gophers

Published November 21, 2007

.AMES, Iowa - Tubby Smith said earlier this week that one of Iowa State's players reminded him of Kevin Durant, last season's college basketball player of the year. The player that Smith compared Durant...

Spread offense helps a pair of Gophers to school records

Published November 19, 2007

Although the spread offense did not bring many victories in its first season at Minnesota, it did help produce two record-breaking seasons. Freshman quarterback Adam Weber and sophomore wide receiver Eric...

Badgers keep Axe in Madison

Published November 19, 2007

The adrenaline and anticipation that builds up to a rivalry game can give the underdog team a much-needed momentum boost, propelling them into the game with some undeserved confidence. During the first...

Michigan and Ohio State will once again square off for title

Published November 15, 2007

It's all come down to this - Michigan and Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship. While it may be seen as a normal occurrence, both teams have taken interesting routes to get the opportunity to play for...

As season finale approaches, Brewster still positive

Published November 14, 2007

Anyone who has even been a casual Gophers football fan in 2007 knows that head coach Tim Brewster is not a man who is easily discouraged. Even through what could turn out to be a 1-11 record in his first...

Defensive improvements shine through in loss to Iowa

Published November 12, 2007

During their disappointing 1-10 season, the largest cloud of negativity hanging over the Gophers has been on account of their defense. Although fingers have been pointed in all directions, every position...

Minnesota keeps in close but first Big Ten win continues to elude Gophers

Published November 12, 2007

IOWA CITY - It's not always about which team is more talented or even who plays the best on a given day, but often it just comes down to who gets the right breaks to go their way that ultimately determines...

Monroe’s 54-yard blast turns some heads

Published November 12, 2007

Although Minnesota is not normally known as a team that attempts long field goals, on Saturday at Iowa one of the most exciting plays was just that. up next wisconsin what: Football when: 2:30 p.m.,...

Gophers Preview: Minnesota vs. Iowa

Published November 9, 2007

>Last Week Minnesota vs. Iowa when: 11 a.m., Saturday where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa TV: Big Ten Network In the highly anticipated first game coaching against his alma mater, Minnesota's...

Big Ten on the verge of having 10 of 11 teams bowl-eligible this season.

Published November 8, 2007

At the beginning of the year, many college football experts predicted that the Big Ten would go through a down year in 2007. But as the season is now unfolding, there is a good chance that ten of the eleven...

Gophers lose nearly every statistical battle

Published November 5, 2007

If John Madden were covering Saturday's football game, he would have said that the team that gains the most yards and scores the most points wins the game. Looking at the statistics, there is no easier...

When things couldn’t get worse, they did

Published November 5, 2007

After starting 1-8 this season, ranking last in Division I-A in nearly every defensive statistical category, and losing the top in-state recruit when the apparent goal was to keep the Minnesota border...

Gophers Preview: Minnesota vs. Illinois

Published November 2, 2007

>Last Week The Gophers were able to stay with No. 19 Michigan early in the game, but partway through the second half the Wolverines aggressively pulled away en route to a 34-10 victory over Minnesota...

Notes on this week’s Big Ten Football play

Published November 1, 2007

One more Big Ten team became bowl-eligible after a victory last week, bringing the current number of teams to six in the conference that will play an ever-important 13th game of the season. Illinois (6-3...

Bennett exceeding expectations of coaches

Published October 31, 2007

Not many two-star football recruits get a chance to ever see the field in the Big Ten, let alone get a chance to start during their first year. But ready or not, Gophers' true freshman running back Duane...

Offense can’t find end zone

Published October 29, 2007

;ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After a 1-7 start to the season, the Gophers were not expected to come into Michigan and keep it close with the No. 19-ranked team in the country in the 90th battle for the Little Brown...

Gophers have no answer for run game

Published October 29, 2007

One week after surrendering 394 yards rushing to North Dakota State University, Minnesota again struggled to stop the run by giving up 307 yards on Saturday to Michigan. Although the Wolverines were without...

Gophers Keeping it Close in Battle for the Jug

Published October 26, 2007

In the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug, Minnesota trails No. 19 Michigan at halftime after jumping out to an early lead. The Gophers held the Wolverines scoreless in the first quarter, the first...

With little else to play for, jug means a lot

Published October 24, 2007

This Saturday's contest that features Minnesota at Michigan has more at stake than just a win or a loss for either team. There is a 90-year-old water jug up for grabs here. Although it might not seem like...

Gophers defense once again unprepared

Published October 22, 2007

The ultimate combination in football is speed and power, two abilities that all athletes strive for but few are able to attain. up next Michigan what: Football when: 2:30 p.m., Saturday where: Ann Arbor,...

No. 1 Ohio State has not forgotten Florida

Published October 18, 2007

Mainly due to their 41-14 lop-sided loss to Florida in last season's championship game, Ohio State received a ranking of 11 in the preseason rankings. But with a 7-0 start to this season, the Buckeyes...

Receiver duo doing all the right things for the Gophers

Published October 17, 2007

After many years of high-caliber running games, Minnesota has gained a reputation to be a run-first, pass-second offense. But with the emergence of the Big Ten's top receiving combo in Ernie Wheelwright...

Nothing but offense at Northwestern

Published October 15, 2007

Looking at Minnesota's and Northwestern's season statistics prior to Saturday's game, it was an easy call to say that it was going to be a shoot-out. But this 49-48 double-overtime time thriller was filled...

Another painful Saturday for Minnesota

Published October 15, 2007

After their 40-20 loss last week to Indiana, Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster said that it hurt a little more than normal. up next North dakota state what: Football when: 11 a.m., Saturday where: Metrodome But...

Gophers Preview – Minnesota vs. Northwestern

Published October 12, 2007

DLast Week The Gophers were unable to snap their winless streak in the Big Ten last week as they fell to Indiana in Bloomington, 40-20. While being able to stay toe-to-toe with the Hoosiers through the...

Barber keeps alive tradition at Minnesota

Published October 10, 2007

Although the Gophers defense has been often scrutinized this season, there is one bright spot that is usually found roaming around in the secondary. That beacon of hope is found in senior free safety Dominique...

Hoosiers hand it to Gophers

Published October 8, 2007

;BLOOMINTON, Ind. - In a battle of high-powered offenses Saturday, Minnesota was able to keep it close with Indiana for part of the game. But at the beginning of the second quarter, the Hoosiers (5-1 overall,...

Indiana turns the tide on Gophers at home

Published October 8, 2007

In Minnesota's meeting with Indiana last year in the Metrodome, the Gophers were able to get the big victory they needed to start the momentum that led to a bowl game. This year the circumstances were...

As Top 25 teams continue to fall, Big Ten is standing strong

Published October 4, 2007

Despite its highly criticized start to the season, the Big Ten has found its way back to the top by claiming three unbeaten teams and has three teams boasting 4-1 records. After Michigan's monumental collapse...

Senior Shevlin still has hopes for bowl

Published October 3, 2007

A 1-4 record to start the season was not something that John Shevlin dreamt about for his senior year as captain of the football team. But Shevlin, a 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound linebacker, said he and the...

Gophers get first commit after big recruiting weekend

Published October 3, 2007

According to GopherIllustrated.com, defensive back Jonathan Dandridge made his official commitment to Minnesota at around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Dandridge, a Rivals.com three star recruit from Detroit Highland...

Defense shows signs of improvement against Buckeyes offense

Published October 1, 2007

With a rough start to the 2007 season for Minnesota, it has been tough to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But even with the 30-7 loss to Ohio State (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten), Minnesota (1-4 overall,...

Opportunities fumbled away

Published September 24, 2007

Entering Saturday's Big Ten opener against Purdue, Minnesota's defense was statistically outmatched by the high-powered offense of the Boilermakers. The Gophers' offense, however, was expected to give...

Painter and Purdue offense a big force to be reckoned with

Published September 24, 2007

Purdue came into Saturday's game leading the Big Ten in scoring offense at nearly 50 points a game (49.7). Much of that success has come because of seniors Curtis Painter and Dorien Bryant. up next ohio...

Medical school will wait for backup QB

Published September 20, 2007

Three years ago, Mike Frankberg was setting up jerseys and helmets in the Gophers' locker room as a team manager. Now on Saturdays, he gets to put them on. A fifth-year senior, Frankberg is the one of...

Michigan doing best to ride momentum of win over Irish

Published September 20, 2007

Michigan got a bit of a jump-start last weekend with 38-0 blowout of Notre Dame, and the Wolverines (1-2 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) is back on track to contend for a Big Ten title. After starting the year 0-2,...

Costly turnovers prove fatal in Florida

Published September 17, 2007

With five turnovers in their first two games, Minnesota had been taking care of the ball well relative to how many young and inexperienced players it had on offense. But Saturday against Florida Atlantic...

Gophers get win in OT Thriller

Published September 10, 2007

After a double-overtime thriller in last week's loss to Bowling Green, Minnesota gave fans their money's worth again in Saturday's triple-overtime, 41-35 victory over Miami (Ohio). up next Florida Atlantic When:...

Brewster nabs first win of career

Published September 10, 2007

In front of an estimated 45,383 fans, Tim Brewster picked up his first victory as a collegiate football head coach. "The Minnesota Golden Gophers are so special to me, and it's an honor for me to be the...

Michigan squad refocusing after upset drops them from polls

Published September 6, 2007

Michigan will do its best to rebound this week against Oregon one week after falling victim to what some consider the biggest upset in Division I-A history last Saturday. The Wolverines lost in a nail-biter...

Former high-profile recruit Weber confident and learning

Published September 5, 2007

Growing up in Shoreview Minn., Adam Weber grew up cheering for the Gophers. Playing under the spotlights for the first time last Saturday for his hometown team was an experience he said he will never forget. Before...