The Minnesota Daily

All content by Michael Dougherty

Minnesota, Mason ink 24 on solid signing day

February 3, 2000

He never plowed under his corn crop to build a baseball field, and he never played catch with a ghost in pinstripes, but Gophers football coach Glen Mason might have heard a voice from the sky tell him,...

Sanden’s return to play ends eligibility saga

February 1, 2000

The Kyle Sanden eligibility saga lasted much longer than both he and the men's basketball team wanted. But when it finally came to an end Thursday, there was no type of pomp and there was certainly no...

Weather, Simmons give Gophers scare in loss

January 27, 2000

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- Rough weather and the health of guard Terrance Simmons overshadowed Minnesota's 80-72 loss at Penn State on Wednesday. Prior to leaving for the game, Gophers men's basketball coach...

Guard troubles plague Minnesota

January 25, 2000

Where, oh where, have the shooting guards gone? With perimeter scoring almost nonexistent, Minnesota's losses have been piling up. After starting the season 8-2 in nonconference play, the current three-game...

MADISON, WIS. — …

January 24, 2000

MADISON, WIS. -- Eighty-four seconds. For all intents and purposes, the Gophers men's basketball team's 85-53 loss to Wisconsin was over in the first 84 seconds. Although Minnesota was only down 4-0, coach...

Defensive Badgers could make life difficult for Gophers

January 21, 2000

Wisconsin men's basketball coach Dick Bennett has made it no secret, he likes to win with defense. The uglier the game the better. The slower the game the better. If it were a horse race, Bennett's boys...

Three Gophers playing in bowls this weekend

January 21, 2000

A trio of Gophers football players will be playing in all-star games this weekend. Strong safety Tyrone Carter will play in the prestigious Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Carter's former teammate, running...

Gophers lose ugly, 74-69, to Boilermakers

January 20, 2000

Boilermakers-Gophers basketball games have never been accused of being a thing of beauty, and Wednesday night was no different. Purdue polished just enough grime off its game to scratch, elbow and claw...

Cardinal leads by example for Purdue

January 19, 2000

Take one look at Purdue's Brian Cardinal and you'll see he doesn't look like a typical college basketball player. Starting at the top and working down, you will find a receding hairline that resembles...

Kickers decide Big Ten bowl fates

January 18, 2000

Peruse the sidelines of any bowl-bound Big Ten team and look for the kicker. He's not that hard to find. He's usually the guy with the smallest shoulders who has to carry the largest load. In five of the...

Equipment movers make long-awaited bowl return

January 18, 2000

Wherever they go, it follows. The 170 arms and legs of the 18th-ranked Gophers football team never stray too far from the 18 wheels of the 65-foot maroon and gold tractor-trailer that lugs around every...

Moe, Dienhart share mixed bowl emotions

January 18, 2000

Before the Sun Bowl, the University took some heat when reports came out that it was spending nearly $1 million to bring more than 600 people to the Sun Bowl. One paper even listed the entire official...

Przybilla coming on to lead men’s basketball

January 18, 2000

The year 2000 did not bring about any sort of armageddon, and those empty milk cartons your eccentric aunt filled up have now been emptied and tossed in the recycling bin. But it seems as if the change...

Long time coming

December 17, 1999

When Minnesota quarterback Billy Cockerham was asked by a television cameramen how the Sun Bowl compared to other bowls, the senior from Clayton, Calif., paused and stared at the guy as if to say, "Man,...

U hoops hopes to shake ‘surprise’ label

December 15, 1999

A stigma is a tough thing to shake. Ask the Minnesota men's basketball team. It took the team around seven months to remove the term "scandal-ridden" from its name, and now the only undefeated team in...

Hamilton and Carter named All-Americans

December 14, 1999

All season long, Gophers football coach Glen Mason said strong safety Tyrone Carter and center Ben Hamilton are the best players at their positions in the country. On Monday afternoon the Associated Press...

Simmons sparks U’s 91-77 win over Maine

December 13, 1999

Minnesota point guard Terrance Simmons did his best Michael Jordan impersonation -- he even had the right number -- to spark a first-half spurt that kept the Gophers undefeated. Minnesota topped Maine...

Carter, Hamilton earn national football accolades

December 8, 1999

Minnesota strong safety Tyrone Carter and center Ben Hamilton were named Sporting News first-team All-Americans on Tuesday. Kicker Dan Nystrom earned second team honors. For Carter, the honor comes in...

Mason creates more questions than answers

December 6, 1999

Take another team off the list of coaching jobs Minnesota football coach Glen Mason said he is not pursuing. Big Ten rival Michigan State passed on a list of high-profile candidates and hired from within...

Monson’s new system leads to early success

December 2, 1999

Season ticket holders for the Minnesota men's basketball team are getting more for their money thanks to some exciting play from coach Dan Monson's squad. With Tuesday night's thrill-a-second tilt with...

Gritty play puts Gophers past Virginia

December 1, 1999

Like he rolled around on the floor and fought for a few loose balls himself, Virginia coach Pete Gillen sported some nasty sweat rings around his collar during the Cavaliers' 74-62 loss to the Gophers...

Mason earns national and Big Ten awards

December 1, 1999

The busiest two weeks Minnesota football coach Glen Mason has seen in a while culminated Tuesday with the announcement he won both the Football News coach of the year award and the Big Ten coach of the...

Minnesota football accepts Sun Bowl bid

November 29, 1999

Even after the regular season, Purdue quarterback Drew Brees continues to stick it to the University's football team. Brees -- who is in the running for the Heisman Trophy -- and his 19th-ranked Boilermakers...

Mason meets with LSU to discuss coaching position

November 24, 1999

Moving a step beyond his previous stance that he would listen to job offers from other schools, Gophers football coach Glen Mason met with Louisiana State officials in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss the...

Top-tackler Carter named Gophers’ MVP

November 23, 1999

Sunday night, Gophers strong safety Tyrone Carter joined his coach Glen Mason on Rosen's Sports Sunday, and on Monday the senior spent the evening gathering in an armload of honors. Carter was presented...

Mason’s future remains uncertain

November 22, 1999

As if he has a target painted on his shirt, any school with a coaching vacancy is taking a shot at University football coach Glen Mason. Mason is a big supporter of ousted men's athletics director Mark...

Gophers cooly hold Iowa to win 25-21

November 22, 1999

IOWA CITY -- The imposters that have commandeered the football Gophers' uniforms were at it again Saturday. The guys who have worn the maroon and gold for the past 13 years don't finish the season undefeated...

Basketball hopes to move past scandal, start season

November 19, 1999

How does the Gophers men's basketball team keep the past behind them? The team has asked the public to turn the page and move on. But the pages that need to be turned continue to stack up like a phone...

Gophers hope to keep Floyd in trophy case

November 17, 1999

Minnesota hired Glen Mason as its coach prior to the 1997 season. He came in as the football facilities in the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex were undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. A new weight...

Seniors say goodbye to dome, hello to bowl bid

November 16, 1999

and Mark Heller Saturday's 44-20 win over Indiana assures the Gophers football team will play beyond the month of November for the first time since 1986. But even with a bowl game to play next month, Saturday's...

Jacobson asked L.A. for release

November 15, 1999

Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson was cut by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, ending his short stint with Los Angeles after playing in only five games in his career. Jacobson initiated the move, according...

Gophers blow past Hoosiers, lock bowl bid

November 15, 1999

Lesson number one in Intro to a Winning Program is "How to Avoid a Letdown," and professor Glen Mason and his class of angry Gophers passed with flying colors with Saturday's 44-20 win against Indiana. Mason...

Men’s basketball inks top junior college transfer

November 12, 1999

The Gophers men's basketball team announced the signing of a top junior college point guard to a national letter of intent. Kerwin Fleming, a 6-foot-3 guard from Kennedy-King Junior College in Chicago,...

Gophers improve after halftime talk, win 82-53

November 11, 1999

Lack of a pregame nap coupled with some sloppy first-half play made new Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson an unhappy man during halftime of Minnesota's 82-58 exhibition win Wednesday against the Cimeba...

Minnesota tries to forget weekend win

November 10, 1999

It's tough to put a game like the Penn State win out of your head, but Gophers football coach Glen Mason found an easy way: He watched the tape of last season's 20-19 loss at Indiana. "I put that film...

Gophers hope to move on with Mexico

November 10, 1999

An exhibition game with a little less punching -- that's what Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson wants to see tonight when his team takes the court for the first time against a team of Mexican all-stars. In...

Nystrom earns Big Ten honor

November 9, 1999

and David La Vaque Minnesota kicker Dan Nystrom was the subject of show-and-tell in his Cultural Studies class Monday. His professor announced to the class that it was Nystrom's 32-yard field goal that...

Sanden probable to miss Gophers’ first 14 games

November 3, 1999

The Gophers men's basketball team will be without co-captain Kyle Sanden for at least 14 games because he is taking time off from the team to concentrate on academics. John Blanchard, the director of academic...

Paterno and Mason recall close clash

November 3, 1999

Minnesota footbal coach Glen Mason was asked what he stored in his memory banks from the heart-breaking 16-15 loss at Penn State in 1997. He said, "You know what I remember about it? The atrocious official's...

Brees still able to make plays in win

November 1, 1999

The good ones find ways to win and Drew Brees is one of the good ones. In fact, he might be the best. Just ask Gophers linebacker Sean Hoffman. "He's the real deal," Hoffman said of Brees. "He's definitely...

Another one: Purdue dumps Gophers 33-28

November 1, 1999

A simple little postgame analogy from Purdue football coach Joe Tiller epitomized the Gophers this season. "We couldn't shake them, they were like a bad habit," Tiller said. "They just kept hanging around...

Gophers prepare for Brees’ Boilermakers

October 27, 1999

By the end of the week anyone associated with Gophers football is probably going to grow tired of hearing about the Boilermakers' record-setting quarterback Drew Brees. But that's what Brees does. He's...

Players feeling punished for elders’ problem

October 27, 1999

It's like when the little brother gets punished for something the older one did wrong -- the current Minnesota basketball players got spanked on Tuesday afternoon as part of the fallout from the alleged...

Gophers turn their attention to next game

October 26, 1999

With the Ohio State loss still making Gophers coach Glen Mason sick to his stomach, he now must get his team prepared for Purdue quarterback Drew Brees. Brees and the No. 18 Boilermakers (5-3, 2-3 in the...

Ohio State sneaks away with victory

October 25, 1999

Two conference home games. Two ranked opponents. Two fourth quarter leads. Two heart-breaking 20-17 Minnesota losses. Saturday's loss to Ohio State left the Gophers shaking their heads, wondering how they...

Two different stories for key running backs

October 20, 1999

When the Big Ten football season began, the two running backs whose names rolled off the tongues of fans were Wisconsin's Ron Dayne and Ohio State's Michael Wiley. Meanwhile, Gophers running back Thomas...

Football fairs well without ex-assistants

October 19, 1999

The week between Valentine's Day and President's Day is usually pretty uneventful for Gophers football coach Glen Mason. But Mason spent the third week of last February accepting resignations from two...

Gophers’ line keys offensive production

October 19, 1999

The Gophers offensive linemen have made mincemeat out of the cliche' "practice makes perfect," thanks to some heroic recoveries from injuries. Left tackle Adam Haayer and right tackle Josh Rawlings both...

Gophers roll past hapless Illinois 37-7

October 18, 1999

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Minnesota football coach Glen Mason refused to say his team turned the corner after Saturday's 37-7 win at Illinois, but he admitted he has the blinker on and he's checking his mirrors. At...

Madness sets in for men’s basketball

October 15, 1999

It's ironic that the first official practice for Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson and his full squad has the word "Madness" in it. Here's what the first-year coach has gone through since March: His...