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Carabajal looking to bring team along

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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,...

Freshman Nolen helps Gophers steal road win from Nittany Lions

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,...

All-American quarterback Marqueis Gray commits to Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Badgers keep Axe in Madison

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...

Spread offense helps a pair of Gophers to school records

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...

Michigan and Ohio State will once again square off for title

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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...

When things couldn’t get worse, they did

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 lose nearly every statistical battle

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...

Gophers Preview: Minnesota vs. Illinois

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

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

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

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...