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System at Minnesota reflected in NFL draft

May 2, 2006

The picks eventually turned into rounds and then a day for Greg Eslinger. Finall,y at the end of Sunday, in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, the Outland Trophy-winning Minnesota center was selected by...

Women’s track squad shows mettle, promise with Drake Relays showing

May 1, 2006

DES MOINES, Iowa - On Friday afternoon at the Drake Relays, Minnesota's women's track and field team came out and set a school record in the distance medley relay, breaking the old mark by more than 16...

Pinnix has proved he can carry the running load

April 25, 2006

With Laurence Maroney less than a week away from more than likely being selected in the first round of the NFL draft, 1,413 of the 3,198 rushing yards gained by Minnesota's football team last season will...

Secondary shows spring improvements

April 24, 2006

The last time the defense for Minnesota's football team was on the field in a game, Virginia quarterback Marcus Haggans was torching the Gophers secondary for 365 passing yards and leading the Cavaliers...

Game at Siebert highlights need for decisions on a ballpark

April 19, 2006

Today Minnesota's baseball team will play its only game this season at Siebert Field, the on-campus home to Gophers baseball since 1971. And for almost the entire time Minnesota has been playing at Siebert,...

In wake of Geatz resignation, multitude of questions raised

April 18, 2006

On April 10, Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi announced in a statement that men's tennis coach David Geatz would resign at the end of the season. But layered beneath all the wording in the statement...

Players shoulder blame in exodus

April 11, 2006

Losing six seniors seemed like it was going to make refiguring next year's team hard enough for Minnesota's women's basketball coach Pam Borton. Then, in the two weeks after the season ended, five players...

Once a Gophers coach, Frese now with Terps in national title game

April 4, 2006

Tonight Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese will lead her team against Duke in the national championship game. Four years and four days ago, her last name was Oldfield, and she was in her last...

Time to ditch the Metrodome as host for NCAA regionals

March 28, 2006

The setup wasn't at all conducive for a basketball game. At the NCAA men's basketball Regional at the Metrodome, the court was built lengthwise from the end of one end zone to the 30-yard line. A semicircle...

Lost in the shuffle of a loss, Smith turns in huge game

March 27, 2006

All the talk after Villanova's 60-59 overtime win over Boston College in Friday night's regional semifinal centered on guard Randy Foye's 29-point performance that led the Wildcats to the victory. But...

Dome hosts an eastern hoops celebration

March 24, 2006

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to hold the Minneapolis regional somewhere just off Interstate 95. All four of the teams competing at this weekend's NCAA men's basketball regional hail from the Eastern...

Anything possible for women’s hoops team

March 6, 2006

After a Feb. 5 blowout win over Michigan, Minnesota's women's basketball team seemed like it was ready to make a run at the Big Ten title and possibly the Final Four. Minnesota had won seven-straight games,...

Despite resting runners, women take third

March 6, 2006

Minnesota's women's track and field team came into this weekend's Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships giving some runners rest and looking toward the outdoor season. Even so, the Gophers...

Minnesota peaking at the right time on the rink

February 21, 2006

Coming into its weekend series at Mariucci Arena, there might not have been a hotter team in menís hockey than Denver. When the series was over, it was pretty clear the title of hottest team belongs to...

Win over the Spartans proves that Monson deserves more time

February 14, 2006

When he was announced to the crowd before Minnesota's men's basketball team's game against Michigan State, faint boos rained down from Williams Arena onto coach Dan Monson. After the Gophers' 69-55 win...

Hahn and national title hopes back in fold

February 7, 2006

It makes sense to see Damion Hahn on Minnesota's wrestling bench this season. Hahn, a four-time All-American for the Gophers and a 197-pound national champion in 2003 and 2004, is the last Minnesota wrestler...

With Grier in the flow of offense, Gophers look like a different team

January 31, 2006

The defensive intensity from last year never went anywhere. So what, then, has been the problem for Minnesota's men's basketball team this season? The leading scorer, All-Big Ten guard Vincent Grier, is...

Mason’s new contract terms don’t line up with his level of performance

January 24, 2006

In a little more than 24 hours Glen Mason's future as head football coach for Minnesota would be decided. Nine seasons as the man heading the Gophers' football program, and there was still uncertainty...

Virginia disappoints as Gophers bowl match

December 6, 2005

Drew Olson vs. Laurence Maroney: It was a potential bowl matchup that held such promise and looked realistic. The Division I seventh-ranked scoring offense against the second-ranked rushing offense in...

Broken hand to Grier may be just what Minnesota needs to hit stride late

November 29, 2005

It seemed like it should be at least a little bit panic-inducing. Vincent Grier, Minnesota's men's basketball star, has an injury to his shooting hand. The Gophers' leader in points per game and steals...

Dual meet season begins as Gophers win four in Albany

November 28, 2005

The first three weeks of competition for Minnesota's wrestling team have yielded some promise. The Gophers took home nine individual titles at the season-opening Bison Open. Matt Nagel and Cole Konrad...

With contract nearing its end, Glen Mason should be too

November 22, 2005

The 2005 Minnesota football regular season ended like so many others have under coach Glen Mason's watch: with embarrassing disappointment. The Gophers have lost their last regular season game every year...

Four titles won at two locations on Saturday

November 21, 2005

After rolling to nine individual titles in its opening weekend in Fargo, N.D., the competition stiffened for Minnesota's wrestling team this weekend at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, Neb. The fifth-ranked...

Koz, citing family, leaves team and school

November 18, 2005

Matt Koz, last year's 197- pound starter for Minnesota's wrestling team as a redshirt freshman, has left the team. Koz, who did not compete at last weekend's season-opening Bison Open in Fargo, N.D., and...

Minnesota win, not Fox 9 report, the real story

November 15, 2005

Last week, Fox 9 News ran its "investigative series," on underage men's hockey players drinking at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown. Wednesday, coach Don Lucia addressed the media about the reports and...

Gophers open season with dominant performance at Bison Open in Fargo

November 14, 2005

The last time Minnesota's wrestling team was on the mats, the Gophers tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis in March. This Saturday at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D., No. 5 Minnesota put...

Russell powers Gophers to win

November 7, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Minnesota's football team scored 27 unanswered points to open the second half and turn a 14-7 halftime deficit into an eventual 42-21 win at Indiana on Saturday. Sophomore running back...

Game lost, quarterback may have been found

November 1, 2005

The development started in the waning moments of the Purdue game. It took a hiatus the next week at Penn State, but came back in full force the week after that in Michigan. The next chance anyone had to...

Everything falling in line for cross country

October 25, 2005

The rest of the cross country world obviously wasn't impressed before the season started. Minnesota's women's cross country team began the year unranked, coming off its third straight season without an...

Win on Saturday changes a lot of things

October 11, 2005

It's a daunting task for Mason to extricate even two victories from (the remaining schedule)." I wrote that about Minnesota's football team last week in this space. And that was the part when I treated...

Road match results in another victory

October 10, 2005

With the schedule taking Minnesota's volleyball team to No. 22 Purdue and always-dangerous Illinois next weekend, Friday's match against Big Ten cellar-dweller Indiana figured to be an easy road tune up...

With clock nearing zero, time to produce

October 4, 2005

After the disaster that was Saturday's game at Penn State, Minnesota's football team is in crisis condition. There were multiple flaws exposed in the Gophers after they were systematically drubbed by a...

First wave closing in on shores of Big Ten elite

September 27, 2005

At halftime of Minnesota's soccer team's Big Ten opener against Purdue, 2005 inductees to the Minnesota athletics hall of fame were honored on the field. Odds are a few of the Gophers playing in their...

Bigger games on the horizon

September 26, 2005

Two years ago, Minnesota's undefeated season disintegrated at the hands of Michigan seniors Chris Perry and John Navarre. Last year it was Michigan tight end Tyler Ecker slipping tackles from John Pawielski...

Mason quashes nine-year-old rumor

September 21, 2005

Heard the one about Minnesota football coach Glen Mason being offered the Purdue head coaching job in 1997? Well, according to him, you can put that one to bed. "(That's) not accurate," Mason said. "I...

Last two standing face off in Big Ten opener

September 20, 2005

When looking at the four coaches hired into the Big Ten in 1997, there's a clear pecking order. Cam Cameron's five years at Indiana ended with an 18-37 career record and zero bowl games, despite four years...

One weekend left to iron out the wrinkles

September 16, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team is ranked fifth in the country and has a record of 7-1, with the one defeat a five-game loss at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska. But to hear coach Mike Hebert tell it - even after...

Gophers top Northern Iowa

September 14, 2005

After Tuesday night's match, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert listed problems his team needed to rectify. Almost as an afterthought, he named one positive from the match in Rochester, Minn.: His...

With Minnesota Open canceled, teams will get rest at Hamline meet

May 6, 2005

Although this weekend won't see the Minnesota's women's track and field team play host to the Minnesota Open, it's still close enough to give coach Gary Wilson a Saturday off. The Gophers will compete...

Breaks help Gophers’ freshmen stay sharp for Big Ten Championships

May 5, 2005

The Belmont Stakes has been under way all year for Minnesota's women's track and field team. The colts are young, and distance is unparalleled in terms of what they've done before. But coming down the...

Former Gophers present at Drake Relays

May 2, 2005

DES MOINES, Iowa - Last year, in his senior season at Minnesota, runner Adam Steele was forced out of the special division of the 400-meter dash finals at the Drake Relays with a hamstring injury. During...

Relays highlight Drake for men

May 2, 2005

DES MOINES, Iowa - When Ryan Ford took the baton from Trent Riter, he had only his ears to tell him about the rest of the field. Anchoring Minnesota's men's track and field 4x1,600-meter relay team Friday...

Wilson awed by Hall of Fame induction

April 28, 2005

Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson admits he's usually not short of words. But finding out about his induction into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame caused a sudden change in his usual loquacity. After...

Weekend in Iowa and Oregon yields titles, qualifying

April 25, 2005

Minnesota's men's track and field team's split weekend led to split results. One location yielded championships, while the other gave Minnesota regional qualifying marks. The Gophers' distance runners,...

Goals prove unkind in tournament

April 25, 2005

Minnesota's soccer team played 180 minutes of soccer this weekend in the Gopher Spring Classic. And through all of it, the Gophers were unable to dent the net. Minnesota was shut out in a pair of games...

Gophers’ bats drop SDSU in 10 innings

April 21, 2005

Minnesota's baseball team defeated South Dakota State 19-13 in 10 innings Wednesday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Gophers scored six times in the top of the 10th, highlighted by freshman second baseman Joe...

Break arrives for Gophers just in time

April 21, 2005

Pole vaulter Andrea Smith finally had a chance to do her laundry during the weekend. As her first real break since March, the weekend was more than a laundry break for the Minnesota women's track and field...

Program continues to ride in-state crop to top of Big Ten

April 19, 2005

Minnesota's men's track and field team has finished in the top two at the Big Ten Championships in eight of Phil Lundin's nine years as coach. During that same period of time, Lundin said, Minnesota high...

Men win six individual titles and qualify three for regional

April 18, 2005

For Minnesota's men's track and field team, a split squad during the weekend meant a chance to use events as both warm-weather qualifiers and chances for oft-rested runners to get into competition. The...

New-look linebacking corps set for spring game

April 15, 2005

On New Year's Eve 2004, John Shevlin and David Lockwood each debuted at new spots for Minnesota's football team. Lockwood coached his first game as the Gophers' defensive coordinator against Alabama at...