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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...

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...

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,...

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...

Gophers men split up roster seekingfurther progress

April 15, 2005

Minnesota men's track and field coach Phil Lundin admits this weekend's schedule presents a logistical hassle. In the span of three days, the Gophers will compete at three different locations. Wednesday...

Podominick moves from hoops to hurls

April 12, 2005

On March 26, Baylor defeated Minnesota's women's basketball team in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, ending the Gophers' season. A little more than two weeks later, Liz Podominick stamped her ticket...

Women keep up progress in Tenn.

April 11, 2005

A trip south didn't give the Big Ten a victory over the SEC. But for Minnesota's women's track and field team, conference pride took a backseat to continued improvement. The combined SEC team topped the...

SEC vs. Big Ten Classic provides a new, fan-friendly format for men and women

April 8, 2005

Out of the cancellation of the Gatorade Classic was born the SEC vs. Big Ten Classic. But more than a different moniker, the track and field meet in Knoxville, Tenn., has an entirely new format. The meet,...

Swenson takes a stab at Big Ten title

April 5, 2005

This is Jason Swenson's last chance. The Minnesota men's track and field senior has one more season to capture the Big Ten outdoor title in javelin that narrowly eluded him last year, when he came in second. And...

Five win titles at Ole Miss meet

April 4, 2005

They passed the quiz. But the more imposing midterm exam looms in the future. Minnesota's women's track and field team competed at the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday in Oxford, Miss., coming away from...

Running backs spring into action

April 4, 2005

Since the middle of January, it's been known Marion Barber III wouldn't be in Minnesota's football team's backfield come spring drills. In spring practice's first scrimmage at the Gibson-Nagurski Football...

Outdoor adjustment continues at Ole Miss

April 1, 2005

On Feb. 27, Minnesota's women's track and field team finished the Big Ten Indoor Championships in third place, tied for the best finish in school history. Less than a month later, competition started again...

Troup provides Gophers with the fuel to succeedin her return to the program

March 29, 2005

On Minnesota's women's track and field team's trip to Purdue for the Big Ten Indoor Championships in late February, there was no meal money distributed. Rather than leave the athletes to their own devices,...

Host Minnesota flounders to 11th at NCAA meet

March 28, 2005

The talk from Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team heading into the NCAA Championships was all about having the perfect setup for its first top-five finish in more than 40 years. But after one day...

Mortimer finishes third in 500 freestyle

March 25, 2005

Minnesota senior swimmer Justin Mortimer said he went into his 500-yard freestyle final Thursday night feeling great. Coach Dennis Dale said Mortimer started the race with the mindset to win it. In the...

Gophers hope friendly waters will land top-five

March 24, 2005

Since Dennis Dale took over as coach of Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team, swimming at home for the NCAA Championships has meant success for the Gophers. Two of the team's best four NCAA finishes...

Mason announces personnel changes

March 23, 2005

After losing out on the three-way quarterback derby last spring, both of the runners-up have had their offensive careers put down heading into this season's spring practice. Minnesota football coach Glen...

Men adjust to Wheaton; women focusing

March 22, 2005

When the NCAA came to the Twin Cities last month, Minnesota's men's tennis team was affected both on and off the court. But as time passed, the players have been able to put some of the troubles costing...

Fifth-place finish in St. Louis marks progress, starting point

March 21, 2005

ST. LOUIS - A fifth-place finish might not have given Minnesota wrestling senior Bobbe Lowe total happiness. But it did yield something close. Minnesota finished the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Savvis...

Mocco proves unsolvable

March 21, 2005

ST. LOUIS - It started with a flurry of batting to each other's heads and ended with a foot sweep in overtime. The first and the last chapters in Saturday's heavyweight NCAA title match between Minnesota...

Shaking things up at 149 and 157 proves beneficial

March 11, 2005

With Nik Lentz's loss at 157 pounds against Michigan State on Jan. 28, Minnesota's wrestling team dropped to 0-10 on the season at the weight class. Also, Danny Williams, the assumed 149 starter for the...

Gophers snap 0-for-OT skid just in time

March 8, 2005

For Minnesota's wrestling team, a losing streak was stopped at a time when the Gophers had no margin for it to continue at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships during the weekend. After 125-pound senior...

Second-place finish takes second place to 10 qualifiers

March 7, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Right after his 8-7 double-overtime win in the seventh-place match at 197 pounds Sunday, Matt Koz held up all 10 of his fingers. That said it all. Though effectively knocked out of contention...

Reiter pins Illinois’ Jayne for title

March 7, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The talk heading into this season was how this year's redshirt freshman class would bring Minnesota's wrestling team back to glory. But more than hyped super-recruits Roger Kish and C.P....

Fresh Harvest

March 4, 2005

Minnesota's wrestling team has talked all season about how they were building for the Big Ten Championships. This weekend, the ninth-ranked Gophers will be able to see just what it is they've constructed...

Nagel’s near-misses not going to cut it at Big Tens

March 1, 2005

Seven times this season, all Matt Nagel needed was one more takedown. One more takedown, and the 165-pound Minnesota wrestling junior would finally have had a statement win against a top-10 wrestler. But...

Gophers tie best finish in school history by placing third at Big Ten Indoors

February 28, 2005

Coming off of a ninth-place finish at last year's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, Minnesota women's track and field coach Gary Wilson said he thought his young team would do well if they...

Women look to leap into top half of B-10

February 25, 2005

Last season at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, Minnesota's women's track and field team finished ninth out of 10 teams. By the time the outdoor meet rolled around three months later,...

Gophers welcome rest before Big Tens

February 22, 2005

Mack Reiter said he planned on sleeping all day Monday. That's the kind of luxury Reiter and his fellow Minnesota wrestlers can enjoy with no practice Monday, the result of a two-week layoff before they...

Minnesota takes encouragement from losing effort

February 21, 2005

It took until the final dual meet of the season, but Minnesota's wrestling team finally feels like it can compete with the elite teams in the Big Ten. Battling injuries and sickness all season, this weekend's...

Minnesota looks to put it all back together again

February 18, 2005

For most of this season, Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson has been more like a quilter than a wrestling coach. Through injuries and battles for starting spots, Robinson has had to patch together 15...

Gophers’ young grapplers find the going slow as rookies

February 15, 2005

Roger Kish, C.P. Schlatter, Mack Reiter and Matt Koz were supposed to be the blue-chip recruits who led Minnesota's wrestling team back to national championship glory. But because of injuries and inconsistency,...

Absences persist in win over Ohio State, loss to Iowa

February 14, 2005

C.P. Schlatter and Roger Kish can't come back soon enough for Minnesota's wrestling team. Eighth-ranked 184-pounder Kish was joined by 157-pounder Schlatter on the sidelines this weekend, and their absences...

First trip to Iowa City seen as springboard

February 11, 2005

After spending the first 2 1/2 months of the season away from the wrestling mecca of Iowa City, Iowa, Minnesota's wrestling team will head into the hostile quarters of Carver-Hawkeye Arena twice in the...

Peyer’s one-hit shutout gets Minnesota’s season started on a positive note

February 10, 2005

With Piper Marten - Minnesota softball's career leader in wins, strikeouts and complete games - having graduated in spring, the Gophers had big shoes to fill in the pitching circle this year. Those shoes...

Reiter’s run for the border working out just fine

February 8, 2005

A warm reaction is considered the norm for most homecomings. Mack Reiter said he knows his will be different. Reiter, a four-time Iowa state champion wrestler at Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville,...

Wildcats, Boilers provide fodder for healing Minnesota

February 7, 2005

A week after opening its Big Ten dual season with two home losses, Minnesota's wrestling team went on the road in search of a return to the winning side of the ledger. Northwestern and Purdue proved to...

Duals to decide 141, 197

February 4, 2005

The immediate futures of four Minnesota wrestlers will be decided by one weekend of wrestling, beginning today. Tommy Owen and Quincy Osborn at 141 pounds and Matt Koz at 197 pounds will all wrestle in...

Injuries, illness have Gophers scrambling

February 1, 2005

From the looks of early-season action, Minnesota's wrestling team might be capable of claiming its fourth Big Ten championship in five years early next month in Iowa City, Iowa. Problem is, it might take...

Injuries send Gophers to pair of losses

January 31, 2005

After finishing third at the NWCA National Duals on Jan. 22-33 in Cleveland, Minnesota's wrestling team appeared to have hit its stride heading into the Big Ten season. Because of a trio of injuries this...

Rematch with Michigan comes on heels of 21-16 upset Saturday

January 28, 2005

In 1999, Minnesota's wrestling program finally broke through in the Big Ten, beating national powerhouse Iowa to win the conference championship and ending the Hawkeyes' string of 24 straight Big Ten titles. At...

Owen rebounds from injuries to thrive at National Duals

January 25, 2005

After a season rife with high expectations turned into a first half full of setbacks, junior wrestler Tommy Owen this weekend finally got back to the mat in position to set himself forward. He entered...

Two upsets lead to third-place National Duals finish

January 24, 2005

Heading into this weekend's NCWA National Duals in Cleveland, Minnesota's wrestling team was in danger of falling into a deep early-season hole, having dropped its past two dual meets and competing in...

Gophers not happy with selves despite big win vs. Iowa

January 24, 2005

After training in Hawaii over winter break, Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team returned home to markedly different weather but similar results. Seventh-ranked Minnesota finished its winter training...

Tourney often an indicator

January 21, 2005

In recent years, no single event has proven more prophetic in predicting the end-of-season success for Minnesota's wrestling team than the NWCA National Duals. After finishing seventh at last year's National...

Schlatter a reversal at 149

January 19, 2005

After the trio of Jeremy Anderson, Thomas McAlpine and Keri Stanley combined to go 11-29 and missed qualifying for NCAAs at 149 pounds last year, it was clear Minnesota's wrestling team needed a change...

Nagel’s upset at 165 leads way for rebound victory over Northern Iowa in Rochester

December 13, 2004

W hen Matt Nagel stepped to the mat for his 165-pound bout Sunday, No. 8 Minnesota could see its dual meet against No. 17 Northern Iowa slipping away. The Panthers had just run off 13 consecutive points...

Former All-American Lowe relishes return to underdog status on the mat

December 10, 2004

Minnesota wrestling senior Bobbe Lowe has had his best performances when most people seemed to be counting him out. "I was always the type of kid that looked at papers and looked at things where people...

Gophers beat Arizona State 22-16

December 8, 2004

While Minnesota's wrestling team avoided an upset versus No. 18 Arizona State on Tuesday night, its second-ranked heavyweight was unable to do the same. After being beaten by No. 1 Oklahoma State on Sunday...

After tough loss, Gophers hope to ditch their troubles in the desert

December 7, 2004

A little more than 24 hours after coming off the mat on the short end of a 28-10 score against the top team in the nation, Minnesota's wrestling team boarded a plane bound for Arizona. At 8 p.m. today,...

National champs show Minnesota how it’s done

December 6, 2004

Before the Minnesota's wrestling team's opening dual Sunday versus No. 1 Oklahoma State, two video boards above the elevated mat at the Sports Pavilion played season highlights of the Gophers' 2001 and...

Young Minnesota grapplers will get earliest wake-up call of them all versus OK State

December 3, 2004

On Sunday, Minnesota's wrestling team will open the season with a bang. The Sports Pavilion will feature not only two video boards, emcees and a special lighting setup, but, more importantly, an early...

Gophers counting on veteran leadership as freshmen get acclimated

November 30, 2004

Although youth is expected to be served in large quantities on Minnesota's wrestling team this year, the delicacy that is experience will be more valuable than ever. The Gophers will begin this season...

Minnesota heads east for change of pace at Pennsylvania tourney

November 24, 2004

When Minnesota's wrestling team heads east this weekend, the changes it will face go beyond simple geography. The team will travel Saturday to Lock Haven, Pa., for the Mat Town Invitational and, for the...