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Episode 33: Gophers men's basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

Episode 33: Gophers men’s basketball drops sixth straight, looks to Rutgers

March 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers' last three losses, the team's tournament hopes and whether John Beilein will be the next head coach of Minnesota.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Gophers volleyball postponed for second straight week

March 4, 2021
It will have been almost two weeks since Minnesota has played when it returns to Maturi Pavilion on March 12-13.
Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher women's cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Gophers women win 2021 Big Ten indoor track and field championships

February 28, 2021
Eight first-place finishes carried the Gophers women’s track and field team to its first Big Ten title since 2018.
Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

February 19, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's hockey team's latest series against Notre Dame, Jack LaFontaine's rise at goaltender and the team's upcoming matchup against Michigan State.
Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher women's cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Gophers sweep 3,000 meter at Hawkeye Invitational

February 14, 2021
Gophers runners Bethany Hasz and Alec Basten both earned 3,000 meter titles at the Hawkeye Big Ten Invitational on Saturday.
Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

Episode 31: Gophers men’s basketball ends three-game skid, looks towards Purdue

February 11, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, their latest win against Nebraska, the team's difficulty shooting the three and what to expect on Thursday against Purdue.
Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

Episode 30: Gophers volleyball off to 4-0 start to 2021 campaign

February 5, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers volleyball team's start to the season, the team's top-ranked recruiting class and what to expect from the team this weekend against Purdue.
Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

Episode 29: Gophers drop first home game to Maryland, up next is Purdue

January 30, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team's first home loss of the season to Maryland, the team's shooting struggles and what to expect on Saturday against Purdue.
Gable Steveson grapples with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling dominated by No. 1 Iowa

January 22, 2021
The Gophers fell in their fourth dual of the season to the top-ranked Hawkeyes, losing every match except at heavyweight.
Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

Episode 28: Catching up with Gophers basketball

January 22, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers men's basketball team, recaps the first 15 games of their season and looks ahead to the next stretch of Big Ten teams on the schedule.
Head coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks to players during a time out at Maturi Pavillon on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018. The Gophers won 3-2 against Michigan State.

Gophers volleyball to kick off season Jan. 23

December 30, 2020
Coming off a Final Four appearance last season, the Gophers will look to be among the best in the country once again after returning a number of starters and adding the top-ranked recruiting class.
Gophers Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman carries the ball at the 2020 Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1.  The Gophers went on to take the game 31-24 over the Auburn Tigers.

Gophers Bateman opts out of remainder of the season

November 25, 2020
Gophers fans will have to wait until the 2021 NFL season to see Rashod Bateman back on the field.
Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

Episode 27: Defensive struggles hurt Minnesota in its first two games

November 5, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the Gophers early season defensive woes, special team's struggles and how the team can get back on track Saturday against Illinois.
Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

Episode 26: Gophers football: From Michigan to Maryland

October 30, 2020
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers first game of the season against Maryland, the team's defensive struggles and what to expect this weekend against Maryland.
Episode 25: A look at Michigan

Episode 25: A look at Michigan

October 22, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Michigan, the Gophers' football team's first opponent of the 2020 season. Michigan will try to keep the Little Brown Jug when it travels to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. 
Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

Episode 24: Previewing Gopher football

October 16, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the upcoming Gophers football season and the team's current position in the AP rankings.
Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

Episode 23: Cuts and Title IX compliance

October 8, 2020
In this week's episode of "The Weekly Rundown" our staff discusses the athletics department's proposal to eliminate three men's sports and the expected roster cuts to women's sports under the proposal.
Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

Episode 22: Bateman is back for the Gophers

October 8, 2020
In this episode of "The Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses Rashod Bateman's return and what both the Gophers offense and defense might look like in the upcoming season.
Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

NCAA grants waiver for Gophers’ Robbins

September 2, 2020

Forward Liam Robbins' waiver was granted by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season for the Gophers' basketball team, according to the Star Tribune's Marcus Fuller.  Robbins transferred to the...

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UMN student-athlete charged with criminal sexual conduct

August 25, 2020

A University of Minnesota track and field athlete was charged Tuesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County District court, according to a criminal complaint. Kevin Nedrick, a rising...

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.

Without football this fall, Fleck encourages Gophers to ‘Row the Boat’ and focus on the present

August 14, 2020

Row the boat.  That's been the mantra of Gophers' head coach P.J. Fleck for nearly a decade. Fleck coined "Row the Boat" in 2011 after the death of his son, using it as a call to persevere through...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Big Ten cancels fall sports

August 11, 2020

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced the cancellation of fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the first Power Five conference to cancel football.  “As time progressed and...

Gophers Guard Marcus Carr dribbles the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The Gophers went into the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

Carr opts out of NBA Draft, will return to Minnesota

July 31, 2020

Gophers' guard Marcus Carr is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will return to Minnesota for his redshirt junior season, according to the Star Tribune.  Carr was an All-Big Ten selection last season...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Seven Gophers’ athletes test positive for COVID-19

June 30, 2020

As the University of Minnesota preps for the return of fall sports, seven Gophers' student athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the University's athletics department.  The athletics...

Junior Erik Hunter competes in the 200 Yard Backstroke race during the Minnesota Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center.

Gophers swim and dive poised for breakout 2020

May 18, 2020

Between key returners coming back in the fall and the addition of 26 incoming freshmen, the Gophers' swimming and diving team is poised for a breakout 2020-2021 season.  On the women's side, the Gophers...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Q&A: Myers discusses upcoming season at Minnesota

May 5, 2020

The Gophers volleyball team has made noise in recent years, reaching the Final Four three times in the past five seasons, including in 2019. That hasn't stopped the team from improving, as Minnesota has...

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller practices on the side as freshman Emma burns goes up to bat on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Ritter in for the long haul as Gopher softball coach

May 4, 2020

The Gophers' softball team has had three different head coaches in the last four years. That period of turnover is now over.  On Sunday, Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced Piper Ritter will take...

The Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers softball begins head coaching search

April 30, 2020

A spring break series in Hawaii, a canceled season and now a head coaching search. It's been a whirlwind last two months for the Gophers softball team.  On April 23, in the midst of an already uncertain...

Outside Hitter Alexis Hart dives for the ball at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers took Nebraska to five sets but ultimately fell 3-2.

Former Gophers standout Alexis Hart finishes first season of pro career overseas

April 28, 2020

The Gopher volleyball team's Final Four loss to Stanford didn't mark the end of volleyball for outside hitter Alexis Hart.  In her career at Minnesota, Hart was a two-time All-American selection,...

Gophers' softball head coach Jamie Trachsel speaks to players of the team.

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel announces departure for Ole Miss

April 24, 2020

Gophers softball head coach Jamie Trachsel is leaving the program to become the next head coach at Ole Miss, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.  Trachsel spent three seasons as the head coach of...

Courtesy of University of Minnesota athletics. 

Rowing and sewing: Gophers rower makes masks to help fight pandemic

April 23, 2020

After the Gophers rowing team's season was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, senior Natalie Stratton picked up a new hobby.  Looking for a way to contribute in a difficult time without wanting...

Junior Katelyn Kemmetmueller throws the ball to first base for an out on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Three more seniors announce 2021 return for Gophers softball

April 22, 2020

Three more seniors will be returning to the Gophers' softball team for the 2021 season, the team announced Monday via Twitter.  On March 30, the NCAA passed a proposal granting spring athletes an...

Brooke Vander Heide reflects on short yet meaningful senior season

April 20, 2020

Deciding to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her senior season, Brooke Vander Heide was looking forward to something new.  Prior to attending Minnesota, the senior outfielder spent three...

Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon speaks with his team at the Maturi Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Gophers ended the night with a 3-1 loss against the Badgers.

Gophers volleyball adds grad transfer

April 17, 2020

On Friday, Gophers volleyball team announced the addition of Katie Myers, a graduate transfer from the University of Maryland, to its 2020 roster.  Myers, a middle blocker, is the latest addition...

Hayden trains for postponed Olympic trials, helps others

April 10, 2020

Ever since high school, it was Kristen Hayden's dream to make Team USA for the 2020 Olympics.  Even before attending the University of Minnesota, the Gophers' diver knew she was going to take an off-year...

The doors of the 3M Arena at Mariucci are plastered with notices announcing changes to access on Saturday, March 21.

University estimates millions in lost athletics revenue, up to $75 million

April 8, 2020

The Board of Regents released estimates Tuesday that the University's athletic department could lose as much as $75 million in revenue if the coronavirus pandemic were to affect athletics in the fall.  The...

Pitcher Amber Fisher hugs catcher Emma Burns after a strike out pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium against Northwestern on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Amber Fiser to come back in the circle in 2021

April 6, 2020

When the Gophers softball season came to an unexpected end due to concerns over COVID-19, pitcher Amber Fiser thought her collegiate career was over.  Playing a series in Hawaii at the time, Fiser...

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Steveson’s Olympic and national championship aspirations on halt for now

April 6, 2020

After winning his first Big Ten Championship, top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson was prepped for a hectic March and April, looking not only to win a national championship but also to qualify for the...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

Softball’s season comes to a sudden end

March 19, 2020

In just five short days, Gophers softball had its season completely upended.  They went from playing in a tournament in Hawaii to learning their season over and their classes were moved online for...

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Steveson wins heavyweight title as Gophers take eighth at the Big Ten Championships

March 10, 2020

A year removed from his second place finish at the Big Ten Championships, top-ranked sophomore Gable Steveson returned to take the heavyweight crown, knocking off previously undefeated Mason Parris of...

Gophers Brayton Lee fights a takedown at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling braces for Big Ten Championships

March 5, 2020

After closing out their season with a 9-8 record in duals, the Gophers wrestling team is looking toward the Big Ten Championships, taking place March 7-8 in New Jersey.  Minnesota lost its last three...

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Minnesota softball puts together its best weekend of the year

March 2, 2020

Strong offensive performances helped the Gophers softball team to an impressive showing at the Auburn Tournament, where it won four of five games games in the series. Gophers run-rule Binghamton, top Auburn...

Junior MaKenna Partain waits to bat on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

MaKenna Partain is a consistent force for Gophers softball

February 27, 2020

When the Gophers softball team needs a hit, it knows it can count on the bat of MaKenna Partain.  The Gophers' senior infielder has been a mark of consistency for the team in the last four years....

Sophomore Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21.

Skatzka shines for Gophers in loss to Nebraska

February 24, 2020

Redshirt senior Devin Skatzka shined for the Gophers wrestling team on senior night, earning a top-10 upset win on a night Minnesota otherwise struggled, falling to Nebraska 29-12 and losing its third...

Gophers softball win three of five in Baylor Tournament

February 23, 2020

The Gophers' softball team earned another trio of wins in a wild weekend series at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas.  Texas State escapes, Gophers stomp Tulsa Friday The Gophers dropped their...

Emily Hansen, left, and Natalie DenHartog.

Who’s on first? — Hansen fills void for Gophers softball

February 20, 2020

A week before the Gophers' softball team would head to Florida for their season-opening series in Clearwater, the team announced infielder Hope Brandner was not medically cleared to play, leaving a void...

Photo Courtesy of Gopher Softball

Gophers softball splits weekend series in Clearwater

February 17, 2020

The Gophers softball team picked up another pair of wins over the weekend in the ESPN St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, a four-game series against some of the top teams in the country.  Gophers...

Gable Steveson grapples with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling: Close losses lead to blowout in Iowa

February 16, 2020

Despite early success, the Gophers' wrestling team dropped their second straight dual, falling to No. 1 Iowa 35-6, who clinched the Big Ten title with the win over Minnesota.  Opening the dual at...

Gophers Sophomore Gable Steveson faces off with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10.

Gophers wrestling boasts a bright future for this season and beyond

February 13, 2020

The Gophers' wrestling team knew early on they'd be relying heavily on their underclassmen during the 2019-2020 season. Of the 10 athletes that compete in each dual, six underclassmen — Patrick McKee,...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers win three of five games on opening weekend

February 11, 2020

The Gophers' softball team returned to the field for the first time in 2020 over the weekend, winning three games at the NFCA Division 1 Leadoff Classic.  Wins over Missouri State and NC State Friday In...