The Minnesota Daily

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Gophers assistant wants his shot at job

April 8, 1999

Gophers associate head men's hockey coach Mike Guentzel was on his way to work last week when, for the first time, he thought about life after hockey. He thought about finally utilizing his University...

Humiliated and humbled, Marvin

November 18, 1998

Gophers goaltender Willy Marvin has spent the last three years sitting on the end of the bench, waiting for his chance to play. This was supposed to be his year, but instead he has watched freshman Adam...

Gophers rediscovering

November 16, 1998

At first glance, the hitting and machismo that abound in hockey might seem unnecessary or even flagrant -- the madness of men in oversized shorts. Fans groan when a player takes a particularly vicious...

Power play woes continue

October 19, 1998

Gophers associate head coach Mike Guentzel bangs his melon on the Plexiglas behind the bench as his power play unit ignores the shot and maneuvers for a better look at the net. Even the fans in Mariucci...

Notre Dame considers joining Big Ten conference

August 7, 1998

CHICAGO -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday he recently initiated contact with Notre Dame about entering the conference in the near future. He said the move, which is the second attempt since...

1998 means a whole new bowlgame

August 7, 1998

CHICAGO -- The public, the players and the coaches have all cried for years about how college football does not have a true national championship game. At the 27th annual Big Ten Conference Kickoff Luncheon...

Gophers athletes honored by Midwest Sports Channel

June 26, 1998

Three Gophers athletes received awards from the Midwest Sports Channel on Thursday night at the Target Center. Minnesota soccer player Jennifer McElmury, wrestler Tim Hartung and football player Ryan...

Rantanen, Strand named Academic All-American

June 22, 1998

Gophers track athletes Vesa Rantanen and Steffan Strand were named third team Academic All-American last week. The two were key components to helping Minnesota win the indoor and outdoor Big Ten track...

Berg earns a bid to nationals

April 7, 1997

Gophers senior diver Andrea Berg placed fourth in a field of 39 divers in the 3-meter competition at the United States Zone Diving championships in Beaverton, Ore. Berg's finish earned her a spot in the...

Future is unclear as spring practice begins

April 2, 1997

The Gophers football team underwent serious reconstructive measures during the winter and came out with a new group of coaches, a bunch of new players and different offensive and defensive plans for next...

Two men’s track stars place second at NCAAs

March 10, 1997

Gophers pole vaulter Tye Harvey broke his own school record en route to placing second at the NCAA indoor track championships in Indianapolis on Saturday. Harvey's vault of 18 feet, 2 1/2 inches was surpassed...

U women’s tennis sweeps Purdue in Big Ten opener

February 17, 1997

The Gophers women's tennis team began is Big Ten season Friday with a 7-0 sweep of Purdue at the 98th Street Racquet Club in Bloomington. The sweep was Minnesota's first during the regular season since...

Wacker treads through highs, lows

November 13, 1996

A timeline of some of the important events in Wacker's tenure as the Gophers football coach: Dec. 23, 1991 -- Jim Wacker is hired as Minnesota's 23rd football coach. He comes into the program following...

Three left for U hockey vacancy

October 16, 1996

The University's women's athletics department announced earlier this week the names of three finalists who could be the first Gophers women's hockey coach when the inaugural season opens next fall. Bill...

Laylin gives Blast top seed in playoffs

August 14, 1996

Former Gophers hockey player Cory Laylin scored the game-winning goal in a sudden death shootout Monday night to give the Minnesota Arctic Blast a 7-6 win over Empire State. The victory assured the Blast...

Lehman shoots 7-under at PGA Championships

August 12, 1996

Former Gophers golfer Tom Lehman was stuck in a four-way tie for 15th place going into Sunday's final round of the PGA Championships at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., and stayed there in the...

McHugh is star for U.S.

August 9, 1996

Former Gophers hockey player Justin McHugh has scored four goals and notched five assists for Team USA, which is playing in the In-Line World Championships this week. The Americans are 4-0 going into...

Former Gophers …

August 7, 1996

Former Gophers running back Chris Darkins, now with the Green Bay Packers, decided Tuesday that he will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the 1996 NFL season. Darkins dislocated his left shoulder during...

Levine tests numerous jobs after graduation

July 31, 1996

Since former Gophers slotback Tony Levine graduated from the University on June 3, he has been like a newborn puppy, sniffing out every opportunity that comes his way. And, for Levine, who by December...

Haskins, family brave bombing

July 29, 1996

Gophers basketball coach Clem Haskins was in earshot of the pipe bomb explosion in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Haskins, who is an assistant coach and chief administrator of the U.S. men's basketball...

U wrestler brings home silver medal

July 24, 1996

Gophers wrestler Brandon Paulson is little, confident and bald -- a weird combination for a Minnesotan. But the 114.5-pound Anoka native proved Tuesday that it's a perfect one for a 1996 Olympic Greco-Roman...

Blast win streak hits 14 games

July 22, 1996

Former Gophers hockey player and Minnesota Arctic Blast captain Cory Laylin led the team with two goals and two assists Saturday to give the Blast an 8-7 win. The victory extended the squad's winning...

Former U high jumper going to Games

July 15, 1996

Coralea Brown-Cline dreamed of going to the Olympics for her native Canada throughout her childhood. But after a number of setbacks, the former Gophers standout in the high jump stored her ambitions until...

Laylin, Skarda are all-stars

July 5, 1996

Former Gophers hockey players and Minnesota Arctic Blast teammates Cory Laylin and Randy Skarda were named to the Roller Hockey International All-Star team, which will play July 8 in Anaheim, Calif. The...

U gets $7 million to build arena

June 24, 1996

In about two years, Mariucci Arena will have a brand new baby sister sitting just west of it. The facility will be home to women's ice hockey and men's and women's tennis. The arena is not even in the...

Public will have to pay to play at new tennis courts

June 24, 1996

The new hockey and tennis facility will be located where the 14 outdoor tennis courts next to Mariucci Arena stand right now. Women's athletics director Chris Voelz said that space will be utilized by...

Hockey assistant, two players might leave U

June 21, 1996

The Gophers hockey team is in slight danger of losing three major components to last season's squad. There is a possibility, however, that all three will be back. First, assistant coach Mike Guentzel...

U track athletes test Olympic field worldwide

June 19, 1996

Last season's Gophers track tri-captain Paul Michalek finished third in the first heat of the 1,500-meter run Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta. He finished the race in 3:46.77. Despite his...

Former U golfer ties for second at U.S. Open

June 17, 1996

Former Gophers golfer Tom Lehman shot a five-under-par 65 on Saturday at Oakland Hills Country Club in the U.S. Open. He had the lead going into the final round on Sunday but lost it on the back nine. Lehman...

U signs Bloomington hockey star

June 14, 1996

The Gophers signed another hockey phenom from Bloomington on Wednesday. Only this one is from Kennedy High School rather than Jefferson. Forward Cory Miller, who graduated from Kennedy in 1994 and played...

U hosts state baseball tournament

June 12, 1996

The Minnesota State High School Baseball Tournament starts Thursday and will feature four Class AA teams at Siebert Field. Brainerd (21-4) and Rosemount (19-7) will square off at 10 a.m. in the first...

U baseball coach recommended for S. Carolina job

June 12, 1996

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson confirmed Tuesday that he was recommended for the head coaching vacancy at South Carolina by former coach and Minnesota alumnus Jerry Kindall. Anderson said, however,...

U wrestling coach gets D-I dream job at Northern Illinois

June 11, 1996

After 10 years as J Robinson's head assistant coach on the Gophers wrestling team, the time has come for Dave Grant to move on. Last week Grant accepted a head coaching job at Northern Illinois, which...

Early season woes prove costly for U

May 16, 1996

The Gophers baseball team played its final game of the 1996 regular season Monday knowing there would be no practice the following week. Minnesota is not accustomed to being left out of the Big Ten playoffs,...

Coaches name Smith but not Pederson to 1st team

May 15, 1996

Big Ten baseball coaches picked the all-conference teams Tuesday, and Gophers coach John Anderson was somewhat surprised by the results. Leading the list of Minnesota players was senior Rob Smith, who...

U beats Iowa to close season

May 14, 1996

The Gophers baseball team ended its season Monday with a crescendo, winning 3-2 at Siebert Field against Iowa. Minnesota (15-12 in the Big Ten, 30-26 overall) won its last three games to finish the conference...

Iowa, U knock each other out

May 13, 1996

Sometimes selfishness can take a team a long way. At least it did for the Gophers baseball team this weekend. Minnesota (14-12 in the Big Ten, 29-26 overall) was virtually eliminated from postseason play...

Gophers crush Oles 15-4 in the rain; five players homer

May 10, 1996

The Gophers baseball team wrapped up the 1996 nonconference season Thursday night at Siebert Field with a 15-4 win against St. Olaf. Both teams were held scoreless until the second inning when right fielder...

Smith puts football behind, becomes baseball leader

May 10, 1996

The Gophers baseball team had just won its third of four games at Northwestern, and after shaking hands with the Wildcats the team gathered in a huddle around senior third baseman Rob Smith. The Menomonie,...

Gophers pulverize D-II St. Cloud, 19-6

May 8, 1996

What a terrible way for the St. Cloud State baseball team to end its 1996 season -- a 19-6 loss to the Gophers at Siebert Field on Tuesday. The Huskies, who are not playoff bound after going 4-8 in the...

Track team looking beyond Big Tens

February 23, 1996

Gophers women's track and field coach Gary Wilson feels no need for optimism about this weekend's Big Ten Indoor championships. He knows it's going to be ugly. "We're going to be ninth or 10th this weekend,"...

Coach hopes U can build on three-game setback

February 23, 1996

For Gophers baseball coach John Anderson, getting swept in a three-game series at No. 10 Florida State last weekend never felt so good. There were many pluses resulting from the way Minnesota played,...

Finnish connection leads U into Big Tens

February 22, 1996

Gophers pole vaulter Vesa Rantanen is known to shoot hoops from time to time during track practice at the east end of the University Field House. His excuse is that basketball is a training regiment,...