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Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers hoping key transfers obtain waivers to become eligible in 2020-21

June 25, 2020

Following three busy months of roster turnover, it appears the roster for the Gophers men's basketball team for the 2020-21 season is now set. While it is known who will be part of the team, who will be...

Gopher fans cheer during the game against the Fairfield Stags in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 6.

Athletics department, fans preparing for possibility of empty stadiums in the fall

June 22, 2020

While fall sports are scheduled to begin in a little over two months, much uncertainty still remains as to what the upcoming season will look like for programs across the nation. As student-athletes return...

Head Coach PJ Fleck leads the team out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

A game-by-game breakdown of the Gophers’ 2020 schedule

June 18, 2020

With Gophers' football players slated to return to campus and Big Ten universities already beginning summer workouts, teams are prepping to play the 2020 season as scheduled. Minnesota is scheduled to...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers land Utah transfer Both Gach

June 15, 2020

On Monday, former Utah guard Both Gach announced his decision to transfer to the University of Minnesota and join the men's basketball team. Gach chose the Gophers over Auburn, Creighton, Iowa State and...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Incoming freshmen bring needed skills to help Gophers’ men’s basketball

June 14, 2020

In the midst of an offseason full of roster turnover, the Gophers' men’s basketball team will call upon multiple newcomers to contribute on the court in 2020-21. Two players expected to make an impact...

Gophers Defensive Back Benjamin St-Juste leaps for an Auburn pass at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers’ defense will rely on familiar faces to take on increased roles in 2020

June 8, 2020

Serving as the backbone during the Gophers' 11-2 campaign in 2019, Minnesota's defense featured several experienced players who comprised a strong core for the unit. Heading into the upcoming season, the...

Outfielder Drew Hmielewski runs for first base at Siebert Field on Friday, March 29. Eli Wilson's home run in the bottom of the tenth inning lead the Gophers to a 5-2 win over Nebraska.

Minnesota’s student athletes continue to make strides academically

June 4, 2020

Gophers student-athletes rank among the University's most recognizable figures. Thousands of supporters attend their events or tune in on television each year. However, when away from the spotlight, they...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Recapping another eventful month for Gophers men’s basketball

May 31, 2020

As June begins, the outlook for the Gophers' men's basketball team in 2020-21 is beginning to come into focus. A pivotal offseason that ensued following the 2019-20 campaign's abrupt end has held multiple...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck talks to reporters after the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota took the bowl game with a 31-24 win over the Auburn Tigers. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Talented 2021 recruiting class has Gophers optimistic about football program’s future

May 7, 2020

Gophers football reached a level of success in 2019 that the program had not experienced in generations. Minnesota had the best season since 1904, ended the season ranked in the AP Top 10 for the first...

Gophers fill roster voids after key departures

Gophers fill roster voids after key departures

April 30, 2020

When college basketball resumes, fans at the Barn will again have to familiarize themselves with some new faces. Throughout the past six weeks, multiple transfers have had their names linked to Minnesota....

A Gophers football player watches from the sidelines during a game on Sept. 16, 2017.

Draft day success another sign of Gopher football’s ascension

April 27, 2020

In the four NFL Drafts from 2016 through 2019, four Minnesota players heard their names called. Over the three-day event in 2020, teams selected five Gophers, the most in a single draft since 1990. Since...

Gophers Head Coach John Anderson observes the game and provides feedback to players at U.S Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

With season canceled, Gophers learning lessons that transcend baseball

April 27, 2020

For most teams, seasons end on the field, either in defeat or with a championship. It is rare that, midway through the schedule, the remainder of the year's games are ripped away. But that is the reality...

Defensive back Chris Williamson tackles Purdue during the game on Saturday, Nov. 10 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers beat the Boilermakers 41-10. 

Gophers cornerback Chris Williamson selected in seventh round of NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

Saturday proved a busy day for Minnesota prospects and that continued until the final stages of the NFL Draft. Cornerback Chris Williamson became the fourth Gopher selected on the afternoon, the fifth...

Linebacker Carter Coughlin takes a sip of water on the sidelines at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The Gophers earned a 38-31 victory over Purdue.

Carter Coughlin becomes fourth Gopher selected in 2020 NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

The NFL Draft continued on Saturday afternoon, seeing another Gopher selected. This time, linebacker Carter Coughlin heard his name called as the fourth pick of the seventh round.  The New York Giants...

Linebackers Jonathan Celestin, Kamal Martin and Thomas Barber run into formation on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated Illinois 24-17 during the homecoming game.

Kamal Martin selected in fifth round of NFL draft

April 25, 2020

Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin became the second Gopher selected on Saturday, getting drafted late in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. The Burnsville, Minnesota native will head across the border to...

Gophers Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson receives a pass in the endzone at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers’ Tyler Johnson selected 161st overall in NFL Draft

April 25, 2020

Following a four-season career with the Gophers which saw him set multiple school records, wide receiver Tyler Johnson took the next step towards realizing his dream of playing in the NFL on Saturday....

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with Defensive Back Antoine Winfield Jr. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Gophers’ Antoine Winfield Jr. in NFL Draft

April 24, 2020

Although no team drafted safety Antoine Winfield Jr. during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, he did not have to wait much longer.  Winfield heard his name called Friday night.  The...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with a referee at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

No Gophers selected in the first round of 2020 NFL Draft

April 24, 2020

Coming off its most successful football season in decades, Minnesota is expected to see multiple players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Gophers prospects will have to wait  a little...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck converses with Defensive Back Antoine Winfield Jr. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Minnesota holds a 24-17 lead over Auburn heading into the third quarter of the Outback Bowl. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Q&A: Daniel House previews NFL draft outlook for Minnesota’s prospects

April 23, 2020

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Daily spoke with Daniel House to discuss what the Gophers' top prospects can expect in this NFL draft, which begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday. House...

Gophers Head Coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Roster change, uncertainty keeping Richard Pitino busy

April 17, 2020

Even without the NCAA Tournament, much has transpired over the past month in the college basketball world. The Gophers are no exception, with two players declaring for the NBA Draft, one entering the transfer...

Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69.

Gophers land grad transfer Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan

April 10, 2020

The Gophers added another player to their 2020-21 roster on Thursday, landing graduate transfer Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan University. He is the second transfer Minnesota has landed in the past...

Guard Payton Willis brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Gophers defeated North Dakota 79-56.

Gophers guard Payton Willis to transfer

April 9, 2020

A busy day continued on Thursday for the Gophers. Shortly after graduate transfer Brandon Johnson announced he would join the program, guard Payton Willis announced his decision to transfer elsewhere. Willis...

Coach Ed Conroy speaks to players.

Gophers promote Ed Conroy to men’s basketball associate head coach

April 6, 2020

On Saturday, the Gophers men's basketball team announced the promotion of Ed Conroy to associate head coach. Conroy received the promotion after spending four seasons as an assistant to head coach Richard...

Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Gophers land Drake transfer Liam Robbins

April 6, 2020

The Gophers addressed one of their biggest offseason needs on Sunday, receiving a commitment from Drake transfer Liam Robbins. A 7-foot center, Robbins announced his decision to join Minnesota just one...

Gophers Infielder Zack Raabe makes a catch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Zack Raabe enjoyed breakout success in shortened 2020 season

April 3, 2020

When the 2020 season came to a sudden end, sophomore Zack Raabe had no idea he ranked near the top of Division I in batting average. At the time the season was called off, Raabe was hitting .463, which...

High school teammates reunited after taking different paths to Minnesota

April 1, 2020

Last fall, a trio of Mountain Vista High School alumni set foot on campus to join the University of Minnesota baseball team. The paths they took to get there were all unique but led to the same place. Two...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers’ Marcus Carr declares for NBA Draft

March 31, 2020

Gophers' redshirt sophomore guard Marcus Carr announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft on social media Monday night. The decision comes one week after teammate, sophomore Daniel Oturu,...

Drake Davis winds up to throw a pitch.

After facing several obstacles, Drake Davis determined to overcome suspended season

March 27, 2020

During his first two seasons of college, redshirt sophomore Drake Davis got all too accustomed to waiting. In 2020, the right-hander finally made his collegiate debut. But with the season cut short, he...

Center Daniel Oturu looks to dunk at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Gophers beat the Badgers 70-52.

Gophers’ Daniel Oturu declares for NBA Draft

March 23, 2020

Following a dominant sophomore season, Gophers center Daniel Oturu will be leaving the University of Minnesota early to turn pro. According to reports from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Oturu has made the...

Head Coach Richard Pitino observes the game at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Gophers men’s basketball entering pivotal offseason

March 19, 2020

It is a time of unprecedented uncertainty across the sports landscape. However, many knew weeks ago that the Gophers men's basketball team would enter the offseason with many crucial questions in need...

Gophers Center Daniel Oturu dunks the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

March 12, 2020

Wednesday, the Gophers earned a 74-57 victory over Northwestern which they thought would extend their Big Ten Tournament run another day. Thursday, the conference decided that Minnesota, along with the...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Gophers ride strong second half to victory in opening round of Big Ten Tournament

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday, Minnesota opened the Big Ten Tournament fighting to keep its season alive. The Gophers swept their first round opponent, Northwestern, in the regular season, but the Wildcats had confidence...

Gophers Pitcher Trent Schoeberl scans the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Tuesday, March 3.

Minnesota drops baseball series against Utah

March 10, 2020

The Gopher baseball team dropped a home series against Utah over the weekend, losing the final two games against the Utes after winning off a strong pitching performance Friday night. Friday — Minnesota...

Forward Michael Hurt attempts to block a shot by SC Upstate at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 10.

Gophers rout Nebraska on Senior Day, 107-75

March 8, 2020

Minnesota overcame its recent struggles to close out the regular season with a victory on senior day. Against a depleted Nebraska team, the Gophers eclipsed 100 points for the first time since Nov. 6,...

Forward Michael Hurt attempts to block a shot by SC Upstate at Williams Arena on Friday, Nov. 10.

Sunday offers one final chance for seniors to play in front of home fans

March 7, 2020

The Gophers' 2016 recruiting class will be remembered as an important one for the program. The highest touted recruit, Amir Coffey, chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and currently plays for...

Center Daniel Oturu jumps for a rebound at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Gophers fell to Indiana 68-56.

Gophers play from behind, fall to Indiana 72-67

March 5, 2020

On their final road trip of the regular season, the Gophers tried to put a week of disappointment behind them and finish strong before the Big Ten Tournament. Instead, Wednesday was another evening of...

Sophomore Sam Thoresen pitches during the game North Dakota State University on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers host trio of ACC opponents in Cambria College Classic

March 4, 2020

The Gophers hosted the Cambria College Classic over the weekend, a six-team, three-day round robin tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium. In addition to Minnesota, participants featured Iowa and Purdue from...

Close calls, missed opportunities story of Gophers’ season

March 3, 2020

With one game remaining in the regular season, the Gophers currently have a sub-.500 record, meaning anything short of an unlikely run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship will see them miss the NCAA...

Center Daniel Oturu receives a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Gophers beat the Badgers 70-52.

Gophers drop back-and-forth match against Wisconsin, 71-69

March 2, 2020

Four days removed from a crushing defeat at home that likely dashed Minnesota's hopes of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, the Gophers were playing for bragging rights on Sunday, going for a road...

Freshman Isaiah Ihnen looks to pass the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb 19.

Gophers give up 17-point lead as NCAA Tournament hopes vanish against No. 9 Maryland

February 27, 2020

On Wednesday night, Minnesota had one last opportunity to save their chances of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers saw that bubble burst as a last-second 3-pointer handed them a heart-breaking...

Gophers and Cambria College Classic

February 27, 2020

Wednesday - Minnesota 4, South Dakota St. 2 In a warm-up before the Cambria College Classic, the Gophers secured a 4-2 win over South Dakota State Wednesday. After a weekend in which Minnesota's pitching...

Center Daniel Oturu shoots the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Minnesota connections highlight ‘Border Battle’ rivalry with Wisconsin

February 27, 2020

Barring an improbable win streak, it appears the Gophers' chances of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament are now slim. That does not mean they won't have plenty to play for on Sunday when they travel east...

Max Meyer watches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 9.

Gophers face Twins, lose series to TCU

February 26, 2020

Minnesota could not find many hits or score runs against the Minnesota Twins and the TCU Horned Frogs, resulting in three losses in four games over the weekend.  Friday - Gophers 0, Twins 16 The Gophers...

Center Daniel Oturu jumps for a rebound at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Gophers fell to Indiana 68-56.

Gophers cruise to road victory against Northwestern

February 24, 2020

Down to their final five games of the year and sitting one game under .500, the Gophers entered Sunday in need of a victory to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Unable to afford another slip-up,...

Guard Gabe Kalscheur drives the ball through the defenders at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Gophers shooting disappears down the stretch in 68-56 defeat to Indiana

February 20, 2020

Running out of opportunities and losing ground in the Big Ten standings, Minnesota needed to defend its home court on Wednesday against Indiana to get back on track in the quest for a NCAA Tournament bid. They...

Guard Bryan Greenlee looks on from the sidelines at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2.

Gophers freshmen starting to see increased role

February 20, 2020

On head coach Richard Pitino's most successful teams at Minnesota, freshmen have always made an impact. Amir Coffey and Eric Curry played significant roles on the 2016-17 NCAA Tournament team, as did Daniel...

5Sophomore Max Meyer pitches the ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Siebert Field. The Gophers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-4 in the bottom of the 18th inning. 

Minnesota baseball opens up season in Arizona

February 18, 2020

While the Twin Cities are still in the clutches of winter weather, Minnesota's baseball team traveled south over the weekend where they found green grass, blue skies and brown infield dirt to begin the...

Players on the Gophers bench observe those on the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69.

Late scoring drought dooms Gophers in 58-55 loss to Iowa

February 17, 2020

With 5:25 remaining, Minnesota found itself in position to secure a much-needed victory in front of a sold-out home crowd. Instead, a late offensive slump proved costly as victory slipped away from the...

Gophers Forward Alihan Demir attempts a dunk at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Minnesota defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 75-69. (Kamaan Richards / Minnesota Daily)

Alihan Demir provides Gophers with front court consistency

February 13, 2020

When senior Alihan Demir transferred to Minnesota, the Gophers did not expect him to become a fixture in the starting lineup. Now, 23 games into the season, Demir has started in all but one. Demir, a native...

Center Daniel Oturu does a layup at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Clemson 78-60.

Comeback effort falls short as Gophers drop road game to Penn State

February 9, 2020

Fresh off of a dominant performance against Wisconsin on Wednesday, Minnesota had another chance to climb the standings in the Big Ten with a victory on Saturday. Although the final score would suggest...