The Minnesota Daily

All content by Mark Heller

Gophers coaches weigh in on recruiting

December 13, 2001

Pretend you're Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson. Almost three years after perhaps the worst case of academic fraud in NCAA history, how do you, the person forced to play maid to Clem Haskins'...

Eating disorders rear ugly head in athletics

November 27, 2001

Pick a story, any story. The Jean Freeman expose on athletes' eating disorders is far too expansive for her liking. Freeman, the Gophers women's swimming and diving coach, has seen on average about one...

Gophers defense unable to stop Ohio State’s Wells on the ground

November 6, 2001

Pity those few remaining Gopher football fans who stuck around with two minutes left in Saturday night's 31-28 loss to Ohio State. They probably thought the Gophers could stop the Buckeyes, then get the...

Ridder Arena nears completion despite financial concerns

November 1, 2001

Send a U-Haul to Mariucci Arena. Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson is packing up her championships and moving - next door. From the moment she arrived on campus in 1996, Halldorson knew Mariucci...

Online media fight for legitimacy and credentials

October 16, 2001

How bad does Jason Groth want to be sitting in a pressbox, media luncheon and post-game news conference? Bad enough to launch his own Gopher sports Web site - located at Gopherhole.com - five years ago. Bad...

Administrators deal with logistical woes

September 12, 2001

There might be some consequences to perhaps the most inconsequential aspect of the worst tragedy on American soil: What happens to University athletics this week? As of Tuesday afternoon, all upcoming...

Bickerstaff hits game-winner for Gophers against Georgia

November 20, 2000

Down by one, 11.1 seconds left, facing Georgia. Gophers forward John-Blair Bickerstaff has done it before. He beat the Bulldogs a year ago under the same situation, draining the game-winning shot with...

Rickert mania can’t win games for hoops team this season

November 17, 2000

For the first time, the games really count. This season's games, that is. The big story in Gophers basketball camp has been about a team happy to have Rick Rickert here. Coach Dan Monson has stressed that...

Women’s basketball opens regular season with home tourney

November 15, 2000

Cheryl Littlejohn knows what's at stake this season. Beginning the fourth year of a five-year contract as the Minnesota women's basketball coach, she doesn't need anyone telling her this season could be...

Monson kicks Gophers’ Ohnstad off team for misconduct

October 16, 2000

This isn't baseball, it's basketball. So after two strikes, Mitch Ohnstad is out. Gophers coach Dan Monson kicked the Fairbault native and Gophers guard off the basketball team Friday, in part because...

Softball’s tournament chances slim heading into final weekend

May 5, 2000

The time to act is now. Actually, it should be less of an act and more of an action. Or two. The "action" being wins, and "two" being the number of wins the Gophers softball team needs to at least partly...

Softball seniors split in final Big Ten homestand

May 3, 2000

What a finale. Dana Ballard and Michelle Bennett finished their home softball careers Sunday with an impressive 9-2 win over Purdue. Their final weekend included four games crucial to Minnesota's chances...

U dedicates new softball stadium

May 2, 2000

Unaware that four-plus hours and 16 innings of nerve-racking softball would follow, the 617 fans who paid to watch Saturday's marathon between Minnesota and Iowa actually got even more for their dollar. It...

Gophers fall short of goals over weekend

May 1, 2000

Deep down, somewhere between Saturday's exhaustion and desperation, was the faint knowledge of what the standings sheet read in the mind of the Gophers softball team. This weekend's four games against...

Road-weary softball team ready for Big Ten homestand

April 28, 2000

This last weekend in April is the last homestand for the Gophers softball team. You might happen to be wondering -- and there's no doubt you were -- exactly how often has Minnesota played in its new stadium? Good...

Softball team shuts down Concordia twice

April 27, 2000

The premise behind bringing Concordia College of St. Paul to Minneapolis for a date with the Gophers softball team on Wednesday could be seen as a chance to get two local schools - one from division I...

Davis named inagural rowing head coach

April 26, 2000

Whether it's good or bad, nobody quite knows, but Title IX was stirring in the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday. So too, were Women's Athletics Director Chris Voelz and Wendy Davis. Davis, 42, was officially...

Softball team snaps Big Ten funk with pair of wins

April 24, 2000

With the halo of not having a Big Ten win for the first two-thirds of the season encircling them, the Gophers softball team sought some comfort out east. Comfort, of course, meaning wins. They found a...

Monson signs another junior college player

April 21, 2000

Scholarships and money are being plucked away from Dan Monson by the University, but give him some credit. While the University and the basketball program is fed up with the NCAA's dogged defiance and...

Gophers split doubleheader with Green Bay

April 19, 2000

Finally, if only for one game, the Gophers softball team broke through its own wall. Despite the giddiness and excitement generated from playing in a new stadium -- a stadium which ushers in a new era...

Vikings draft Gophers All-American Carter

April 17, 2000

If you were a regular passenger trying to get off Flight 745 from Detroit on Sunday at around 8:45 p.m., then good luck -- you might still be trying to get off. Not only was the plane an hour late landing...

Softball team is on the road again

April 12, 2000

Here's nothing new: The Gophers softball team is on the road. After all, they had been back in town a mere 36 hours, just enough time to leave Tuesday afternoon for doubleheaders against Drake today and...

Softball returns to scene of big wins

April 7, 2000

For months now, the memories have stuck in their minds. The Gophers softball team has the hardware to prove it all happened in real, live color in the form of an award. But the accomplishment itself is...

New Big Ten schedule might benefit Gophers

April 4, 2000

It didn't show by way of a four-game slide to open the conference season at their new park, but the Big Ten's new softball scheduling setup may benefit the Gophers. In the days of old, Big Ten teams would...

Softball team struggles in Big Ten opener

April 3, 2000

The Minnesota softball team is making people nauseous. Two weeks ago, the Gophers ran through Florida, winning the South Florida tournament in convincing fashion. Last week, they spent spring break in...

One year and counting

March 22, 2000

At an entrance to the Metrodome near the corner of 11th Avenue and Fifth Street is a ramp. It leads to a revolving door, which in turn, leads to a 500-foot tunnel that is the gateway between the cold outside...

Gophers get hot in Florida tournament

March 20, 2000

The Minnesota softball team's nonconference season ends in Ohio next weekend. But a spring break spent in part in Akron and Youngstown doesn't demand a suit and suntan lotion -- the Gophers got some of...

Big Ten doles out basketball awards

March 7, 2000

Monday was the long-awaited "Dish-out-the-Big Ten-hardware-day," and the scrupulous counting and recounting of media and coaches votes yielded some unsurprising results. Coaches picks Player of the Year:...

Buckeyes roll past Gophers

March 6, 2000

While the Minnesota men's basketball team held up "Thank you, fans" signs and sang the Minnesota Rouser, Ohio State conducted a small, subdued celebration on the floor of Williams Arena following Saturday's...

Thrashing

March 3, 2000

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Even just one visit was more than enough. Last season the Minnesota men's basketball team played Michigan State twice, losing 71-55 at the Breslin Center in early January. The Gophers...

Hawkeyes’Alford

February 29, 2000

It's a simple case of having things go from bad to worse. Four losses in a row, two new starters forced into action, an out-of-sync offense, not much inside presence and a totally new continuity. All within...

Iowa teaches Gophers a lesson in 71-59 win

February 28, 2000

IOWA CITY -- Oftentimes the difference between two teams that can't make shots is how they find alternatives to put the ball in the bucket. Players are groomed early on in life that if the jump shot isn't...

Seton Hall does something in order to defeat Minnesota

February 24, 2000

Next time, Dan Monson might want to pause before balking at setting up a nonconference game. Without giving up one of those now patented 15 to 20-point runs early in the game, Monson and his undermanned...

Lane leads Seton Hall into

February 23, 2000

If recruiting had fallen into place differently in the past couple of years, Minnesota's starting lineup could be Darius Lane, Troy Bell, Khalid El-Amin, Dusty Rychart and Joel Przybilla. That's a far-fetched...

Boilermakers flatten short-handed Gophers

February 21, 2000

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --Some two weeks removed from the start of a devastating chain of events, the Minnesota men's basketball team has had enough of it. No more questions, no more talk, no more excuses. Therein...

Przybilla considers leaving team, gives no definite answer

February 18, 2000

While there's no official word, Minnesota men's basketball player Joel Przybilla is leaning toward entering the NBA draft and forgoing his final two years at the University. Przybilla was suspended by...

Simmons takes over leadership role for Gophers

February 17, 2000

It was the end of January this year and Terrance Simmons was not looking forward to the Super Bowl. He was preoccupied with another issue: a fight within himself. The Minnesota junior point guard felt...

Academic problems put Przybilla on bench

February 16, 2000

In his six months as Minnesota men's basketball coach, Dan Monson still has debris of the Clem Haskins hurricane to plow through. First the Gophers lost 45 percent of last season's scoring output. Then...

Young softball team opens season at .500

February 14, 2000

The Minnesota softball team is, in a word: youth. It is inevitable and practically cyclical in nearly every collegiate sport. And with youth comes greater ups and downs over the course of a season. A very...

Bickerstaff’s absence leaves hole in lineup

February 11, 2000

Thanks to John-Blair Bickerstaff's season-ending knee injury, the day after was a little more somber than the night before. Monson told his players of Bickerstaff's fate after Wednesday night's 77-75 upset...

Comeback

February 10, 2000

The signs pointed to an upset. But for Minnesota forward John-Blair Bickerstaff, there was no warning. In both a memorable and forgettable night, 14,227 packed Williams Arena, hoping the Gophers could...

Gophers slip early, fall late 73-59 to Illinois

February 3, 2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- For one half of basketball, an event that occurred during a timeout of Wednesday's Minnesota-Illinois basketball game at Assembly Hall provided the best illustration -- everything went...

Road troubles follow Minnesota to Illinois

February 2, 2000

Before his fall from grace at Minnesota, there were a few traits of Clem Haskins' teams that were part of his on-court legacy. Among the notables were tough defense, Hosea Crittenden and Haskins ripping...

Gophers beat Wildcats 69-60, break streak

January 31, 2000

Northwestern is the free buffet line for the rest of the Big Ten. After what seemed like an eternity of eligibility, Wildcats coach Kevin O'Neill lost Evan Eschmeyer to graduation. The departed center,...

Przybilla proves you can’t come home again

January 30, 2000

Joel Przybilla smiled while being introduced as the Milwaukee Bucks' starting center Monday night at the Target Center. A cascade of boos and taunts showered Milwaukee's big man. The taunting continued...

Wildcats’ Thomas not the typical college hoops star

January 28, 2000

As a heavily-recruited senior out of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Ben Johnson was a wanted man last year. The potential school list went eight-deep: Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern,...

Skilled Lions pose problems

January 26, 2000

Rarely do freshmen dominate in college basketball. For every Fab Five, Khalid-El Amin and Lew Alcindor, thousands of first-year players are restricted to learning the ropes of playing against a much higher...

Little Kelley plays big for Badgers in win

January 24, 2000

MADISON, Wisc. -- Mike Kelley isn't a big man. The Wisconsin junior is 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He's not going to win any scoring titles. Entering Saturday night's game against Minnesota, his career high...

Free throws finish Minnesota

January 20, 2000

The statistics are hardly coincidental in the wake of Wednesday night's basketball game against Purdue. Purdue free throws: 21-for-29 (72 percent). Minnesota free throws: 7-for-22 (32 percent). Final score:...

New millenium, same old story for women’s basketball

January 18, 2000

Perhaps no team was more anxious to rid itself of the previous millennium than the Minnesota women's basketball squad. But so far, no team might be more willing to burn the new millennium. The Gophers...