The Minnesota Daily

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349 rushing yards earns offensive line compliment

June 26, 2009

In their routine film study this week, Florida Atlantic paid special attention to the Minnesota football team's offensive line. They counted the different formations and personnel, and in the end, came...

Big Tens success and boathouse buoy 2007 hopes

May 2, 2006

Minnesota's rowing team's second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships likely will "spark interest" come recruiting time, coach Wendy Davis said. But the Gophers receiving an invite to the NCAA Championships...

Maroney goes 21st to Patriots

May 1, 2006

In just three seasons with Minnesota's football team, Laurence Maroney became something close to a legend. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his three years at Minnesota, joining Wisconsin's...

Minnesota is second with three Big Ten titles

May 1, 2006

In 1986, Minnesota's varsity rowing program was canceled and demoted to club status. But in fall 2000 coach Wendy Davis began her resurrection of the program and it was moved back to the varsity level. On...

Gophers eye grand finals for varsity-eight

April 28, 2006

Minnesota's rowing team's first varsity-eight haven't qualified for the grand finals at the Big Ten Championships since 2002. Instead the Gophers' top boat has taken first place in the petite finals each...

Minnesota wins four of five contests in meet at Lake Phalen

April 24, 2006

Minnesota's rowing team coach Wendy Davis said there's something she wants everyone to know. "We're the only Big Ten school competing this weekend," Davis said. "That's something I would love the world...

Linebacker continuity key at spring game

April 21, 2006

Minnesota's football team had an adrenaline boost on the defensive side of the ball last season when they promoted defensive backs coach David Lockwood to defensive coordinator. But Lockwood's intensity...

Gophers done in by six-run Panthers fifth

April 20, 2006

Minnesota's baseball team scored a run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth, but came up short in their comeback effort against Northern Iowa on Wednesday, losing 9-6 in the team's only game...

Feeling underranked, Gophers finish right where expected

April 17, 2006

Minnesota's rowing team met expectations this weekend against conference opponents Indiana and Ohio State in Bloomington, Ind. Only there weren't high expectations going in. The 18th-ranked Gophers were...

Early race a focus for Gophers

April 14, 2006

Last week Minnesota's rowing team split up. The Gophers first and second varsity eight-boats traveled to UCLA, while the four-boats and novices stayed home to practice. Those who didn't make the trip to...

Kicker competition again is open in spring session drills

April 13, 2006

Keep your eye on the ball, stay true and follow through." Those are the ritualistic words that sophomore kicker Jason Giannini used to say before each kick in high school. Now Giannini has brought the...

Running back shortage at open scrimmage

April 10, 2006

Coach Glen Mason said he needs to face the facts. Minnesota's football team saw its first live action of the spring at practice Saturday at the Gibson-Nagurkski Complex, which was open to the public, and...

Another road test for Gophers in Los Angeles vs. UCLA

April 7, 2006

Things seem to be going ahead of schedule for Minnesota's rowing team this season. And that hasn't been said in the past. After losing their first match of the season last month against Louisville by four-tenths...

Wick proving her worth in the stroke seat

April 4, 2006

As a novice rower for the University of St. Thomas, Cheryl Wick wasn't sure her own coach knew her name. He did. And after her team named her Freshman of the Year in 2003, the coach introduced Wick to...

Minnesota glides to race wins in Iowa City

April 3, 2006

Minnesota's rowing team overcame cold and windy conditions to top Creighton and conference rivals Iowa and Wisconsin over the weekend. The Gophers won five of six races Saturday on Lake McBride in Solon,...

Gophers look to take advantage of Lake Phalen

March 31, 2006

The cold chill of Lake Phalen gets the best of Minnesota's rowing team in March. In April, the Gophers hope the waters thaw enough to allow them to prepare properly for the Big Ten Championships at the...

Wheelwright and Payne key as wideout returnees

March 29, 2006

When the first day of padded spring practice began for Minnesota's football team, it was missing the shoulders of a few wide receivers. Graduating seniors Jared Ellerson and Jakari Wallace, along with...

Gophers finish out of NCAA top 10

March 27, 2006

Every year, when the season comes to its inevitable conclusion at the NCAA Championships, Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team is content. Not to say that the Gophers aren't hoping to have success...

Noah’s play inside the arc a big key

March 27, 2006

The game was all but over. Leading 75-62 with just less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Florida's bench was eyeing the nets and getting the scissors ready. But despite the 13-point lead, Florida...

Men’s and women’s teams to compete at conference meet

March 24, 2006

Minnesota's men's gymnastics team understands how important it is to stay focused on individual routines rather than the competition's success. But it's hard to ignore the competition at this year's Big...

Gophers look to take home top 10 at NCAAs

March 23, 2006

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team will have at least one competitor in 20 of the 21 events at this year's NCAA Championships, which start today in Atlanta. The Gophers send 12 individuals to the...

Young swimmers finish 21st at NCAAs

March 20, 2006

A sixth-place finish at the 2005 Big Ten Championships left room for improvement for the Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team. The Gophers weren't about to fall into the depths of the Big Ten,...

Jakits back to compete at NCAA Zone meet

March 10, 2006

One can imagine that a diver could be sidelined by chronic back pain caused by years of having to torque and tighten the body's muscles before impact with the water at 30 mph. But can you imagine being...

Minnesota scores two in the seventh to top Bison

March 9, 2006

Looking to improve on a 1-5 start to the season, Minnesota's baseball team put together three runs on just two hits over the first six innings Wednesday night against North Dakota State at the Metrodome. But...

Changes to scoring force teams to alter strategies

March 8, 2006

Remember when everyone was in panic mode over a thing commonly referred to as Y2K? Computer meltdowns, technology going awry and who knows what else. In the end, the over-dramatized concerns were never...

Wallace, Ellerson impress at pro timing event

March 7, 2006

More than 20 scouts from various NFL teams showed up to take a look at Minnesota's football team as part of pro timing day Monday afternoon at the Gibson-Nagurkski Football Complex. The Gophers top NFL...

Men’s team rolls over Badgers’ club team

March 6, 2006

Minnesota's men's gymnastics team put together its highest team score at home this season, with season-best performances from not-so-familiar faces. Senior Justin Meyer competed in the all-around for the...

Big Ten title streak snapped at Indiana with second place

March 6, 2006

For the past two years, Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team has been able to say it was the best in the Big Ten by showing off a Big Ten title. Not anymore. Indiana pulled away early and the Gophers...

Rivalry takes to the Sports Pavilion

March 3, 2006

Minnesota versus Wisconsin. That headline draws big crowds to any sport that plays host to a Gophers-Badgers rivalry. But there's not much buzz this weekend as Minnesota's men's gymnastics team prepares...

Success of relay teams buoys team at Big Tens

March 2, 2006

As the water evaporated from the swimmers after conference swimming and diving championships, teams already had begun preparing individuals for the NCAA Championships. As was the case for Minnesota's men's...

Women card best score of year in ISU loss

February 27, 2006

Two weeks ago, after posting career-best scores in vault and floor exercise, Minnesota women's gymnastics freshman Carmelina Carabajal couldn't find words to express her feeling about the performance. So...

After rough start, Gophers look for improvement in return to South Atlantic

February 24, 2006

Minnesota's softball team heads to South Carolina this weekend trying to improve on a disappointing start to the season. The Gophers are 2-6, their worst start since 1994 when the team began the season...

In Baumann’s trip back to Bloomington, Gophers look for second-straight Big Ten title

February 23, 2006

Last year Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team had senior All-Americans Justin Mortimer and Terry Silkaitis leading the way at the Big Ten Championships. This year, Minnesota is looking at juniors...

Second place finish seen as big victory

February 20, 2006

For Minnesotaís womenís swimming and diving team, Saturdayís 100-yard freestyle finals at the Big Ten Championships were extremely encouraging. The Gophers didnít have the greatest showing in the event,...

After sitting in shadows behind Mortimer and Silkaitis, Mitchell emerges as Gophers team leader

February 16, 2006

Last year Minnesotaís swimming and diving team lost two very important numbers ó 23 and 13. And those arenít numbers etched into swimmersí Speedos; they represent how many times former Gophers swimmers...

Uneven performance on bars disappoints

February 13, 2006

When it came time for the MVP of the Best of Minnesota event, held Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion, to be named there was really only one choice " Laura Johnson. Minnesota's women's gymnastics team's...

Women host Best of Minnesota meet at Pavilion, men go on road for Michigan

February 10, 2006

Minnesota's women's gymnastics team's worst score this season was 188.150 at an intrasquad meet to kick off the season. This weekend, the Gophers host the Best of Minnesota meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the...

Johnson getting help in carrying all-around burden

February 8, 2006

Minnesota's women's gymnastics team hasn't seen a Big Ten title since 1998, even though they've had a solid core of gymnasts each year since. But the 20th-ranked Gophers hope to get back to the top of...

Results seen in spades in the pool

February 6, 2006

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team obliterated its competition this weekend as it hosted the Minnesota Challenge at the University Aquatic Center. The Gophers won all 15 of their events, and even...

Minnesota Challenge marks beginning of home stretch

February 3, 2006

The competition at this weekend's Minnesota Challenge won't provide much of a challenge to Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team. Instead, the eighth-ranked Gophers will create their own challenge...

Freshmen key to program’s revival

February 2, 2006

A top-notch swimming program and a warm climate " these are the top two decision-making factors for most prospective collegiate swimmers across the globe. Luckily for Minnesota's women's swimming and diving...

Men glide to pair of wins in home triple-dual meet

January 30, 2006

Hosting Purdue and Wisconsin for a triple dual at the University Aquatic Center this weekend, Minnesota's swimming and diving team staked their claim as the best team in the Big Ten. And that message was...

Men expecting triple-dual test in home waters of the Aquatic Center

January 27, 2006

For Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team, this weekend's triple duals serve as a test. And Gophers coach Dennis Dale said pass or fail, they need the test above all else. The Gophers host Wisconsin...

Freshman swimmers making a real splash

January 24, 2006

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving co-coach Kelly Kremer said his team is getting more and more confident with each competition. But he also remarked that it's a building process, and that the Gophers...

Kobayashi sets school record in weekend dual meet victory over Ohio State

January 23, 2006

On a day when seniors were being recognized for their achievements, it was a freshman who stole the show. Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team topped Ohio State 184-114 on Saturday at the University...

Swimmers trying to avoid rust by staying in the water

January 20, 2006

The Indianapolis Colts, who were at one point a perfect 13-0 and on the verge of the perfect season, lost their first playoff game to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday 21-18. Some would argue the loss...

Women find unity in summer training, men open dual slate

January 18, 2006

The offseason for gymnasts is much like that for any committed athlete: filled with hard work, long hours and physical and mental struggles. Many athletes choose to do this training at a gym in their hometown...

Gophers go West, top ASU in Tempe

January 17, 2006

Minnesota's men's swimming and diving team extended its perfect record Saturday against Arizona State. The eighth-ranked Gophers concluded their western winter training trip with a 176-124 win over the...

Run game held scoreless

January 17, 2006

NASHVILLE, TENN. " For the first time all season, Minnesota's football team couldn't find the end zone on the ground Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl. Virginia allowed the Gophers to rush for 198 yards,...

Zone pass defense drops gift to Cavaliers

January 17, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. " 'Twas the season for giving. Minnesota's football team gave Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans a great belated Christmas present " a zone defense. The Gophers repeatedly dropped back...

Minnesota hopes Virginia linebackers don’t stop sweet music in Nashville

December 14, 2005

Minnesota's football team has seen some of the best linebacker talent in the country this season. Iowa boasts Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge, Ohio State stacks three of the best with A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter...

Kicker and punter ready to get back on field for bowl

December 12, 2005

Minnesota's football team's kicker and punter struggled at times this season, looking like shaky freshmen who were thrown into Big Ten football. That's because they are freshmen. First-year Gophers Jason...

At third Music City Bowl in four years, Gophers will take on ACC’s Virginia

December 8, 2005

Initial projections pitted Minnesota's football team against Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Instead, the Yellow Jackets accepted an invitation to the Emerald Bowl, leaving...

Hawaii trip hard training rather than easy jaunt

December 7, 2005

During the holiday season, many vacationers travel to warm destinations to escape the harsh winter reality of the Twin Cities. And that's exactly what Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team does...

Pair of first-place finishes for teams at swim meet off Interstate 70

December 5, 2005

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team was in sync this weekend at the Ohio State Invitational. And they dominated the competition together. The Gophers won four of the five relay events on the weekend...

Same old tune for Gophers bowl game

December 5, 2005

College football's bowl selection Sunday was neither shocking nor suspenseful for Minnesota's football team. It knew it would go to the Music City Bowl when Ohio State received an automatic bid from the...

Trip to Ohio State to provide Minnesota with stiff competition, new pool

December 2, 2005

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team is preparing for this weekend's Ohio State Invitational as if it were the Big Ten Championship. And it's not far from being just that. Of the 12 teams competing...

New diving coach projected to help Minnesota earn more meet points

December 1, 2005

Minnesota's men's and women's swimming and diving teams are on their third diving coach in four years. Kongzheng Li ended seven years with the Gophers back in 2003, and Mike Martens moved back to Australia...

Women place ninth at NCAAs

November 22, 2005

For the first time since 2001, Minnesota's women's cross country team made the NCAA Championships. They made a triumphant return to the event Monday afternoon at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. The...

Thorough beating in Iowa

November 21, 2005

IOWA CITY, Iowa " Minnesota's football team headed into its last regular season game against Iowa with numerous bowl game scenarios. But the Hawkeyes' senior wide receivers slammed the door shut on any...

Battle of running games in Iowa

November 18, 2005

It's no secret that Minnesota's football team's key to offensive success this season has been the running game. The Gophers (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) have outrushed their opponents in eight of 10 games this season,...

Ohio State and Michigan meet again in a game with Big Ten title importance

November 16, 2005

With the parity engulfing most of the Big Ten this season, it is no surprise that the championship will be on the line in the final weekend of play. It's also no surprise that for the sixth straight season,...

Complete effort powers Gophers to home win

November 14, 2005

Minnesota's football team has had its ups and downs this season in every aspect of the game. Running against Penn State didn't go so well, passing against Wisconsin wasn't the best, the defense has given...

Cupito continues efficient play

November 14, 2005

Once again, Minnesota's football team rushed for more than 300 yards on their way to a victory over Michigan State on Saturday. But the key to the game may have been the passing game that saw quarterback...

NCAA qualifying the goal on Saturday

November 11, 2005

Minnesota's women's cross country team is hoping to receive its first National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships berth since 2001 at this weekend's NCAA Midwest Region Championships in Iowa...

Eslinger and Setterstrom to play last home game Saturday

November 10, 2005

The seniors on Minnesota's football team sit in the front of the team meeting room. In the back sit the freshmen. Four years ago, as true freshmen, center Greg Eslinger and offensive tackle Mark Setterstrom...

Bowl chances abound in Big Ten

November 8, 2005

With a 42-21 win over Indiana on Saturday, Minnesota's football team clinched bowl eligibility for the sixth time in seven years. The Gophers have won their last three bowl games, two of which were played...

Cupito looking to keep up success at IU

November 4, 2005

Minnesota's football team has had a hard time finding momentum in the passing game this season. But last week the Gophers' air attack put up 396 yards on a great Ohio State secondary, sparking a type of...

Big Ten title race takes to Pennsylvania

November 2, 2005

With a victory over Minnesota on Saturday, Ohio State not only clinched bowl eligibility but also kept pace in the Big Ten race. Along with the Buckeyes (6-2. 4-1), Michigan (6-3, 4-2), Iowa (5-3, 3-2)...

Pittman sparks second-half roll for Ohio State

October 31, 2005

Minnesota's football team's offense rolled up the numbers Saturday against Ohio State. Running back Laurence Maroney had 16 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Bryan Cupito completed 13...

Cupito throws for career numbers in Saturday’s loss

October 31, 2005

For the first time all season, Minnesota's football team can truthfully say it got the job done through the air. Problem is, it didn't on the ground. But quarterback Bryan Cupito completed 26 of 35 pass...

Plenty to piece together with Reese and Sherels healthy

October 27, 2005

Minnesota's football team's defense underwent a large transition before the season began. New defensive coordinator, new defensive secondary coach and new defensive line coach, not to mention only five...

Stats not clear on improvements

October 25, 2005

The Big Ten football conference is still up for grabs with Penn State and Wisconsin tied at the top, and Ohio State and Northwestern nipping at their heels. Minnesota still stands a fighter's chance, with...

Dominant Friday for Gophers in Iowa

October 24, 2005

After this weekend's men's swimming and diving team meet at Iowa, the question isn't who did well. It's hard to find a Gopher who didn't do well. Senior All-American Adam Mitchell led the Gophers to a...

Gophers hope to salve wounds with bye

October 19, 2005

This weekend saw some of the most thrilling finishes in recent college football, and two of the best were in the Big Ten. Unfortunately for Minnesota's football team, a last second upset struck close to...

Penalties crucial in Saturday loss

October 17, 2005

Minnesota's football team had a great game. Key word: had. Both running backs, Laurence Maroney and Gary Russell, rushed for career highs in yardage, linebacker Mario Reese filled in for injured Mike Sherels...

Davis bolsters Gophers’ pass rush

October 13, 2005

Making the high school to college football transition is never easy, especially in the case for Minnesota football freshman defense end Steve Davis. Davis is undersized, at 230 pounds, going head to head...

After Saturday, outlook promising

October 11, 2005

Minnesota's football team can feel slightly justified. Penn State is good. And that's an understatement if you happened to catch their 17-10 win over Ohio State Saturday. But going into the week, the talk...

Gophers empty 19 years’ worth of frustration

October 10, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said he had no idea how much time was left on the clock. But with possession of the ball and one timeout remaining on the Michigan 12-yard line and...

Battered Cupito leads team to win

October 10, 2005

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Minnesota's football team was tied 20-20 with Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium with just under seven minutes remaining when panic hit. And hit hard. Bryan Cupito went down hard...

Jug-less

October 7, 2005

Most rivalries are created out of long, hard-fought battles that aren't decided until the very end - which often are repeated before becoming a "rivalry." But it took one tie game, called with two minutes...

Owens will miss time because of injury

October 5, 2005

Minnesota's football team's defense looked inept in its Big Ten road opener loss Saturday at Penn State. Early in the second quarter on a Penn State scoring drive, junior strong safety Brandon Owens was...

Defense takes major step backward

October 3, 2005

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - Penn State's offense had one thing that Minnesota's football team's defense hadn't seen yet this season - stop-and-go speed. The Gophers gave up 364 yards on the ground, including...

Without bright spotlight, Russell shines

September 29, 2005

Through four weeks of the college football season, and especially after last week's win over Purdue, the whole country knows Laurence Maroney's name. They may even know he is statistically the top running...

Third down defense becoming first-rate

September 27, 2005

Don't do a double take when you read this: Minnesota's football team's defense has been a bright spot this season. In the season opener at Tulsa, the Gophers allowed the Hurricane to complete nine of 19...

Gophers upset Boilermakers on homecoming

September 26, 2005

With Minnesota's football team down one with just more than six minutes left in regulation, the team started a drive from its 20-yard line with a couple of runs that went nowhere. On third down and eight,...

Cupito crucial in Big Ten opener

September 23, 2005

Minnesota's football team has little doubt its offensive line is capable of having its best game on any given Saturday. As the Gophers featured back for the first time of his career, Laurence Maroney has...

Jundt, stung by playing time, leaves program

September 20, 2005

Junior wide receiver Mark Jundt quit the Minnesota football team for the second time on Sept. 11. He said he had repeatedly been told he would get playing time but did not receive any. Jundt, a redshirt...

Former walk-on fullback sparks defense

September 15, 2005

After Minnesota's football team's win over Colorado State last weekend, Rams coach Sonny Lubick called it a "good old-fashioned butt-kicking," saying the Gophers really proved to him that they were a strong...

Gophers turn tough spots into success

September 13, 2005

One of the question marks for the Minnesota football team coming into the 2005 campaign was whether quarterback Bryan Cupito was going to be able to step up his game when they needed him to. In the Gophers'...

Defense active in Saturday win

September 12, 2005

All offseason, Minnesota football made it impossible to talk about their defense without focusing attention on the new attitude they planned on having on the field this year. And through the first two...

Russell again stellar in limited action against Colorado State

September 12, 2005

The Gophers won their game in dominating fashion Saturday against Colorado State, 56-24. The defense looked shaky in the fourth quarter, and it appeared at times as though the unsure hands of last season's...

Gophers to butt heads with Rams

September 9, 2005

In week one, Minnesota's football team faced a Tulsa team that lost its quarterback early in the second quarter and ended up throwing just one completion that netted more than 20 yards. This week the Gophers...

Big Ten looking to continue momentum

September 7, 2005

Big Ten football is off to a fast-paced, high-scoring start and is showing no signs of slowing up in week two of nonconference play. The Big Ten completed a perfect 10-0 weekend, its first undefeated weekend...

Linebackers spark new-look defense on the road

September 6, 2005

Last season, much like the years preceding it, Minnesota football took a lot of criticism after a mediocre finish. And once again that criticism was deferred to the defense, forcing some changes on the...

Freshmen give hebert ‘most talent’ he’s seen

August 17, 2005

Minnesota's volleyball team has made itself known with back-to-back trips to the Final Four, and senior Paula Gentil has carved out a reputation as one of the best liberos in the nation But what some don't...

U distributes NCAA-restricted supplements

August 17, 2005

University athletics officials will file a report to the NCAA detailing the distribution of supplements deemed impermissible under NCAA rules to student-athletes. Last year, men's basketball and men's...

Wideout position low on experience, high on potential

August 17, 2005

This day and age, it's all about the playmakers in football, and more and more, they're at the wide receiver position. The Gophers have senior Jared Ellerson as an established possession receiver, while...

NCAA nixes ‘hostile’ names

August 10, 2005

NCAA championships are about to change - or at least the names of the teams participating in them are. Some of the most popular and successful teams in college sports are at the center of an ongoing controversy...

Freshmen Kucek and Giannini looking to fill the dual void left by Lloyd

August 10, 2005

Minnesota football fans remember Rhys Lloyd making the two biggest kicks of his collegiate career in 2003. Against Wisconsin with no time remaining on the clock, Lloyd's 35-yard field goal sailed through...