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Minnesota, Mason ink 24 on solid signing day

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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. — …

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Equipment movers make long-awaited bowl return

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Kickers decide Big Ten bowl fates

Published 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...

Long time coming

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Gophers cooly hold Iowa to win 25-21

Published 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...

Mason’s future remains uncertain

Published 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...

Basketball hopes to move past scandal, start season

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Players feeling punished for elders’ problem

Published 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 prepare for Brees’ Boilermakers

Published 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...

Gophers turn their attention to next game

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Gophers’ line keys offensive production

Published 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...

Football fairs well without ex-assistants

Published 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 roll past hapless Illinois 37-7

Published 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

Published 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...

Mason debates Badgers loss

Published October 13, 1999

Like a human beer commercial, Minnesota football coach Glen Mason is having a tastes great/less filling debate about the effects of the Wisconsin loss. But instead of supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos arguing...

Badgers clip Gophers with 20-17 O.T. win

Published October 11, 1999

On the cusp of finally establishing some legitimacy in the college football annals, the Minnesota football team handed the game and Paul Bunyan's Axe to Wisconsin Saturday in a 20-17 overtime thriller. The...

Players’ boycott of Pioneer Press a bizarre case

Published October 8, 1999

Covering athletics at a Division I school like Minnesota requires a number of elements to be a success. First and foremost is access to the athletes. Without cooperation from the players, my job doesn't...

NCAA and U unveil 2001 Final Four tourney logo

Published October 6, 1999

The glory years for sports in Minnesota can be epitomized by the yearlong devouring of enormous sporting events that took place in the Twin Cities during a one-year period in 1991-92. The Stanley Cup Finals...

Ex-Gophers assistant set to sub as Badgers coach

Published October 6, 1999

Two top 25 teams, a Heisman Trophy candidate who could break the NCAA's all-time rushing record and a possible record crowd at the Metrodome are all headline-grabbing elements of Saturday's football game...

Gophers get past Wildcats, 33-14

Published October 4, 1999

Evanston, Ill. -- The highlights from the No. 25 Minnesota football team's 33-14 win at Northwestern could fill a season-long video montage. Conversely, the lowlights from the game could be edited together...

It’s beginning to look a lot like last year for football

Published September 29, 1999

If anyone could have predicted the Gophers football team (3-0) would have three times as many wins as the Vikings (1-2) heading into October, they could probably find employment with the Psychic Friends...

Outdoor stadium intrigues Mason

Published September 23, 1999

Usually, media luncheons with Gophers football coach Glen Mason are pretty straight forward. Questions and comments about the secondary or Ben Hamilton's knee or the weekend's upcoming opponent are the...

Gophers’ three wins thanks to sturdy defense

Published September 21, 1999

Nobody ever said scheduling patsies didn't have its advantages. While Ohio, UL-Monroe and Illinois State aren't exactly offensive juggernauts, they combined to give the Gophers some lofty early season...

D-IAA team falls 55-7

Published September 20, 1999

In the marathon that is the Gophers football team's quest for a return to a bowl game, Minnesota is at the 13.1 mile mark after a 55-7 win over Illinois State at the Metrodome Saturday afternoon. Minnesota...

Redbirds may pose problems

Published September 17, 1999

The Gophers football team given up a miserly seven points against two of Division I's weaker teams, and with a Division I-AA team coming into town for a game on Saturday, it would seem obvious the low...

Two down, one to go for Gophers football

Published September 15, 1999

Meet Illinois State -- the last of the three sacrificial lambs on the Minnesota football team's nonconference schedule. The Redbirds, of Division I-AA, have jumped out to a 2-0 start after a 55-7 thumping...

Monroe ready for the Dome

Published September 10, 1999

Right now, it's possible Satan is strapping on a pair of ice skates. He might even be doing a Kristi Yamaguchi-like triple lutz down there. Hell just froze over. Yes, it's true someone has actually said,...

Minnesota’s next team has a new name

Published September 8, 1999

It's safe to say Notre Dame is probably the most recognizable name in college football. It's also safe to say that Minnesota's opponent for Saturday night, the Indians from the University of Louisiana...

Gophers roll past Bobcats, 33-7

Published September 7, 1999

One win down and only five more wins to go in the Gophers football team's quest for a bowl game. Saturday's 33-7 win against Ohio at the Metrodome was a baby step in Minnesota's long journey to return...

Cockerham calls signals for upstart U

Published September 1, 1999

Peruse the Gophers football team's schedule and notice that Minnesota's opponent for Saturday's season opener will be Ohio. But do not confuse the 108th-ranked Bobcats from Athens, Ohio with the No. 13...

Nittany Lions, Wolverines, Badgers all see Sugar rays

Published September 1, 1999

College football players like to claim they play for two big reasons: to win the national championship, and to score some hardware from the Downtown Athletic Club. Either way, the gridiron warriors strap...

Gophers hoopsfinishes trip at 1-5

Published September 1, 1999

New Gophers men's basketball coach Dan Monson and his team returned from their six-game 12-day European trip Monday with a disappointing 1-5 record. However, Monson said the objective of the trip was not...

Monson sees Europe trip as a big plus

Published August 23, 1999

Oh the mistakes rookies make -- rookie coaches that is. Newly hired Gophers basketball coach Dan Monson started his team's European exhibition trip off by nearly missing the team's flight. Apparently the...

Gophers like beat of Texas two-step

Published August 23, 1999

Drill Sgt. Hartman told Texas-native Private Cowboy in the movie "Full Metal Jacket," that "only steers and queers come from Texas." Fortunately for Gophers football coach Glen Mason, he has been able...

March Madness different

Published March 15, 1999

March Madness means different things at different times for Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins. Here's how the second week of March during the last several years has gone for Haskins : ù...

Lewis lost

Published March 12, 1999

SEATTLE -- With 29 seconds left in the first round game of the NCAA tournament, Gophers forward Quincy Lewis surveyed his surroundings and saw several things he probably never thought he would see. The...

Gonzaga tops shorthanded U

Published March 12, 1999

SEATTLE -- Top rebounder, gone. Second leading scorer, gone. Three top reserves, gone. The heart of a depleted team, bigger than the Pacific Ocean. But that huge heart was broken in half thanks to a 10-0...

Haskins’ status suddenly uncertain

Published March 12, 1999

SEATTLE -- For the first time since the 1991-92 season, the Gophers men's basketball team (17-11) did not reach the 20-win mark. And for the first time since 1995 Minnesota failed to win a postseason game. But...

U stumbles on way to NCAAs

Published March 11, 1999

Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins and his team are in Seattle trying to avoid a slew full of stumbling blocks, and hoping to find their way to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in Haskins' 13...

While U’s Lewis falters, Illinois’ Bradford shines

Published March 5, 1999

CHICAGO -- During Tuesday's press conference, Gophers senior Quincy Lewis said he hasn't ever met a gym he didn't like when asked about what it's like to play at the United Center, the former home of Michael...

Big Ten tourney expected to be wild

Published March 4, 1999

If this year's Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago is anything like last year's, expect the unexpected. The No. 23 Gophers entered last year's inaugural tourney as the No....

Lewis passed over for MVP honors

Published March 2, 1999

If the NCAA's Selection Sunday is anything like the Big Ten's MVP Monday, Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins might soon find himself "ticked off" again. The winner of the Big Ten Player of the...

Road win boosts U’s NCAA hopes

Published March 1, 1999

EVANSTON, Ill. -- If anyone thought the Gophers men's basketball team's 58-51 win at Northwestern wasn't going to be a dog fight, they were proven wrong immediately. Heck, it took eight seconds for somebody...

U earns sixth seed, will open vs. Illinois

Published March 1, 1999

What bubble? After last Tuesday's 54-42 loss at Purdue, the Gophers men's basketball team was trying to maintain its balance while teetering on the so-called NCAA tournament bubble that seemed as fragile...

Eschmeyer era ends with loss to Gophers

Published March 1, 1999

EVANSTON, Ill. -- If the game plan was to employ the college version of "Hack-a-Shaq" on Northwestern's Evan Eschmeyer, Gophers coach Clem Haskins picked the wrong guy to pick on. Or did he? Eschmeyer...

James says he regrets leaving U basketball

Published February 26, 1999

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- If he had it to do all over again, Courtney James said he would have done a lot of things differently. He said he wished the ugly incident when he hit former girlfriend Melanie Olsen...

Keady, Haskins see games different

Published February 26, 1999

Perspective, that's what it's all about. After the Gophers men's basketball team's 40 minutes of horror at Purdue on Tuesday where it scored the least amount of points it has had since Joel Przybilla was...

Turnovers trip up U at Purdue, 54-42

Published February 24, 1999

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The best basketball team on the floor during Purdue's 54-42 win over the Gophers Tuesday night was probably the top-ranked Purdue women's team, which accepted its Big Ten title...

Gophers’ Lewis

Published February 19, 1999

This just in: Quincy Lewis is really good. After scoring 24 points in Wednesday's crucial 69-63 win at Penn State, the senior forward's average -- 24.5 points per game -- could make him a lock for a spot...

Another assistant leaves Gophers football staff

Published February 18, 1999

Former Gophers running backs coach Reggie Mitchell is the second of Minnesota head coach Glen Mason's assistants to leave the program this week. Steve Axman, former quarterbacks coach, left last weekend...

U suddenly on NCAA bubble

Published February 16, 1999

The Gophers men's basketball team is doing the limbo in their quest for an NCAA tournament bid, and the bar keeps getting lower and lower. Saturday's heartbreaking loss to Michigan State severely damaged...

Big-hitting freshman leads

Published February 15, 1999

Jordanne hits five home runs in her first five games. No, this isn't a headline from Michael Jordan's revived baseball career. Instead, this Jordanne is Gophers freshman Jordanne Nygren, who belted five...

Gophers football assistant leaves

Published February 15, 1999

Gophers quarterbacks coach Steve Axman has left the team to take the offensive coordinator position at Washington. Axman will be working under new Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel, who left Colorado last...

Controversial calls doom U

Published February 15, 1999

If Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins was asked who stuck the dagger in his team's heart during Saturday's 84-82 loss to No. 5 Michigan State, he might try to tell you the perpetrators were wearing...

‘We want Sam’: Jacobson makes NBA debut vs. Wolves

Published February 12, 1999

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Sam Jacobson was supposed to stay home after college and play in front of the hometown fans, living around the corner from his parents in Cottage Grove and drudging...

Ex-Gophers reunited in NBA

Published February 12, 1999

Hugging his two former stars, Minnesota men's basketball coach Clem Haskins said he felt like a "proud papa" watching the Lakers' Sam Jacobson and the Wolves' Bobby Jackson on the floor during Minnesota's...

Series next step for Gophers softball

Published February 12, 1999

Finishing as the runners-up in NCAA regional tournament is not good enough for the No. 22 Gophers softball team. They want a trip to the Women's College World Series. Minnesota surprised California and...

Tarver hit with hefty parking fine

Published February 9, 1999

After last Wednesday's win over Illinois, Gophers forward Miles Tarver hit three uncharacteristic long-range jump shots, but missed an easy layup. Tarver jokingly blamed the miss on some sort of injury. "I...

Irish say ‘no thanks’ to joining Big Ten

Published February 8, 1999

The University of Notre Dame's Board of Trustees decided Friday the private school will not join the Big Ten, ending months of speculation that Notre Dame could become the conference's 12th member. The...

Coming off bench doesn’t deter Sanden

Published February 5, 1999

Imagine spending your freshman season as the starting center on the Gophers men's basketball team for all but three games. Then imagine starting only one game as a sophomore. This is the adjustment Minnesota...

Mason closes borders, signs 20 recruits

Published February 4, 1999

He was brought to Minnesota with a reputation as an excellent recruiter, and with Wednesday's signing of 20 recruits to national letters of intent, Gophers football coach Glen Mason is living up to expectations. Wednesday...

Illini fall fast to bottom of Big Ten

Published February 4, 1999

Feel sorry for Lon Kruger. The Illinois men's basketball coach has watched his team go from Big Ten co-champs with a 23-10 record last year, to a 9-13 record and the conference also-ran. The No. 19 Gophers...

Lewis, Guyton share honors

Published February 2, 1999

Gophers coach Clem Haskins has made it no secret that he wants Quincy Lewis to be named the Big Ten's MVP. The Big Ten, meanwhile, felt obliged enough to name Lewis the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week along...

Badgers feed on Gophers’

Published February 1, 1999

MADISON, Wis. -- There is one constant for the 19th-ranked Gophers men's basketball team, and too many variables. The constant, of course, is the superb play of forward Quincy Lewis, who continued his...