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Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan prepares to launch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Tanner Morgan and offense can’t capitalize on stellar defensive performance

Published December 19, 2020
Mistakes at inopportune times cost Minnesota a chance at the Axe.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13. The Gophers fell to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 35-7.

Undermanned Gophers pull off gutsy win at Nebraska

Published December 12, 2020
Minnesota was without 33 players on Saturday due to COVID-19 and injuries.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan launches a pass over Michigans defensive line on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Gophers lose to Iowa, drop to 1-3

Published November 13, 2020
Minnesota hasn’t beaten Iowa since 2014.
Gophers linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin follows the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Gophers lose stunner to Maryland

Published October 30, 2020
Minnesota came up short in its second game of the season, falling to Maryland in an overtime thriller.
The Gopher and Wolverine lines clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Minnesota fell to Michigan 49-24 in their first showing of the season.

Key Gophers starters inactive against Michigan

Published October 24, 2020
The Gophers will be without two starters on the offensive line, with Curtis Dunlap Jr. and Daniel Faalele inactive against Michigan.
Gable Steveson celebrates after a winning a match during the meet against Nebraska at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Gable Steveson talks weight, WWE and activism

Published June 19, 2020

Gable Steveson's summer has not gone as planned.  After winning the Big Ten heavyweight championship in March, the second-year's season was abruptly halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving...

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. 

Max Meyer selected No. 3 to the Miami Marlins

Published June 10, 2020

Wednesday night proved to be a historic night for the Gophers' baseball program. Junior right-handed pitcher Max Meyer was selected No. 3 overall by the Miami Marlins in 2020 MLB Draft, making him the...

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. 

MLB Draft Preview: Max Meyer primed to make Gophers history

Published June 10, 2020

When Max Meyer hears his name called during Wednesday's 2020 MLB Draft, he will likely make Gopher history. The junior from Woodbury has been hailed as a consensus first round pick, one with a high chance...

Kadi Sissoko (Courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics)

After a year on the bench, Kadi Sissoko is ready to make an impact

Published June 9, 2020

Through the ups and downs of the Gophers' women’s basketball team’s tumultuous 2019-2020 season, Kadi Sissoko could only sit on the sideline and watch.  The former No. 10 ranked five-star recruit...

Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

Gopher athletes and coaches respond to George Floyd’s killing, protests via social media

Published June 2, 2020

In the days following the killing of George Floyd, University of Minnesota student athletes, coaches and administrators have condemned the acts that led to Floyd's death and voiced strong support for protesting...

Pitcher Amber Fiser and catcher Emma Burns celebrate striking the Bison out on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Sport-by-sport breakdown of returning spring athletes

Published June 1, 2020

On March 30, the NCAA Division I Council approved a resolution in response to athletics seasons being canceled due to the coronavirus, which grants every spring sport athlete an extra year of eligibility....

Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the Board of Regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

‘There are more questions than answers’: Gophers athletics grapples with challenges ahead

Published May 9, 2020

Prior to the cancellation of the Big Ten men's basketball tournament March 12, the University of Minnesota athletics department was projecting to run a $1 million surplus. Now, just under two months later,...

Head coach Lindsay Whalen reacts to a scored point at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The Gophers fell to Missouri State 69-77.

University of Minnesota ranks among the highest in hiring women’s head coaches

Published April 1, 2020

The University of Minnesota was once again ranked among the top universities in the nation for the hiring of women head coaches in women's sports, a new report found Tuesday.  In an annual report...

The Gophers helmet against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 16, 2017 was in celebration of Goldy Gophers birthday.

Big Ten announces all sports for remainder of academic year are canceled

Published March 12, 2020

In the most drastic step yet to keep student-athletes and the surrounding community safe, the Big Ten Conference announced that all non-conference and conference competitions through the academic year...

Women’s gymnastics meet against Oklahoma latest in cancellations

Published March 12, 2020

Shortly following the announcement that the Big Ten men's basketball tournament would be cancelled, Gophers athletics announced the women's gymnastics meet scheduled for Saturday March 14 at 2:30 p.m....

Super Bowl LII comes to US Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.

Fans barred from attending NCAA events due to COVID-19

Published March 12, 2020

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday that all NCAA championship events for the next two months will be played without fans. This affects several Gophers sports, most notably the NCAA Wrestling...

University of Minnesota opens investigation into former assistant men’s hockey coach

Published February 26, 2020

The University of Minnesota has opened an investigation into allegations that former assistant men's hockey coach Thomas Adrahtas committed sexual misconduct against players while on staff from 1984-1985.  This...

Junior Hope Brandner takes a swing at bat on Wednesday, May 29.

Gophers announce Hope Brandner is not medically cleared to play

Published January 28, 2020

With the University of Minnesota's softball team set to open its season against North Carolina State in just 10 days, the team announced Tuesday that star infielder Hope Brandner has not been medically...

Lexy Ramler competes on the beam at the Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Ramler hits a perfect 10 in back-to-back weeks

Published January 27, 2020

For just the fourth time in the history of the Gophers' women's gymnastics program, Lexy Ramler scored a perfect 10 on the balance beam in Minnesota's 196.300-195.225 victory over Illinois on Saturday.  She...

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck calls out to 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)

Following Ciarrocca’s departure, Gophers football names co-offensive coordinators

Published January 3, 2020

Head coach P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Gophers football team moved swiftly following the departure of former offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca last week, naming current wide receivers coach Matt Simon...

Gophers football name co-offensive coordinators following Ciarrocca’s departure

Published January 3, 2020

Head coach P.J. Fleck and Minnesota Gophers football team moved swiftly following the departure of former offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca last week, naming current wide receivers coach Matt Simon...

Fleck, Winfield Jr. and Bateman garner Big Ten awards while a slew of Gophers earn all-conference honors

Published December 4, 2019

Following a historic 10-2 regular season, Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck, defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., and wide receiver Rashod Bateman were rewarded by the Big Ten conference for their...

Fans cheer for the Gophers after winning the game against Penn State at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers won 31-26 bringing their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Everything you need to know for College GameDay’s visit

Published November 27, 2019

Saturday marks College GameDay's maiden voyage to the University of Minnesota ahead of the pivotal Big Ten West matchup between the Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers. The longest uninterrupted rivalry...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck signals a touchdown at Ryan Field during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Gophers earned a 38-22 victory bringing their record to 10-1.

ESPN’s College Gameday is headed to Dinkytown

Published November 24, 2019

Finally.  For the first time in program history, the Gophers will play host to ESPN's College Gameday, the network's flagship college football pregame show, next Saturday when the Wisconsin Badgers...

Quarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Gophers’ Tanner Morgan in concussion protocol ahead of Northwestern game

Published November 19, 2019

Gophers starting quarterback Tanner Morgan is in concussion protocol, head coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday.  Morgan sustained the injury in the final moments in the team's loss to Iowa. Morgan was sacked...

Swimming beats Florida State 103-97

Published October 9, 2019

Gophers fall sports preview

Published August 23, 2019

With the 2019-20 school year upon us, it’s also time for your favorite Gophers sports to begin, and as usual there is plenty for Minnesota fans to be excited about.  The football team and head coach...

Senior Jordan Murphy spins towards the basket on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Jordan Murphy helps Timberwolves to runner-up finish in Summer League

Published July 17, 2019

With under a minute remaining in the third quarter of the NBA Summer League final on Monday night, former Gophers standout Jordan Murphy had only scored five points as the Timberwolves trailed the Memphis...

Former Gopher Tom Lehman prepares for his tee shot on the 10th hole during his Monday practice round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. 

[Photo] Gophers great Tom Lehman to play in 3M Open

Published July 2, 2019

Former Gopher Tom Lehman prepares for his tee shot on the 10th hole during his Monday practice round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey leads a run in honor of runner Gabe Grunewald on Tuesday, June 25

Minneapolis community, beyond remembers runner Gabe Grunewald

Published June 28, 2019

"Brave like Gabe." The mantra is known to most by now. It has been printed on the back of T-shirts and written along sidewalks. It has trended on social media, and touched so many. And on Tuesday, the...

Former Gopher wrestling Pat Smith talks to the press about Olympic qualifications on Friday, June 14 at Bierman Field Athletic Building in Minneapolis.

[Photo] Former Gophers wrestler "In the driver's seat" for Olympic qualification

Published June 19, 2019

Former Gopher wrestling Pat Smith talks to the press about Olympic qualifications on Friday, June 14 at Bierman Field Athletic Building in Minneapolis.

Two UMN wrestlers not charged with criminal sexual conduct PRINT

Published June 18, 2019

Two University of Minnesota wrestlers who were held on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct are not being charged pending further investigation. The two athletes were released from custody Tuesday...

Two Gophers wrestlers in custody for probable cause of criminal sexual conduct

Published June 16, 2019

The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested two members of the University of Minnesota's wrestling team on probable cause of criminal sexual conduct, according to Hennepin County Jail records. The two...

Freshman guard Amir Coffey drives the ball up the court on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Sports Pavilion. 

Amir Coffey heads to NBA Draft

Published May 29, 2019

The Gopher men's basketball team will be noticeably different next season. After declaring for the NBA draft in April, junior guard Amir Coffey has officially announced his intentions to stay in the NBA...

Amir Coffey returns to Gophers

Published May 29, 2019

The Gophers men's basketball team received good news on Wednesday as they learned junior guard Amir Coffey will return for his senior season after previously declaring for the NBA draft in April, per a...

Jordan Kozicky eyes the ball during the game against Illinois on Sunday, April 14 at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The Gophers lost 3-13.

Gophers finish sweep of Ohio State

Published May 6, 2019

After a thrilling 18-inning, 5-4 victory over Ohio State on Saturday, Minnesota played another 18 innings on Sunday, this time over two games, winning both to secure the sweep over the Buckeyes.  In...

Katelyn Kemmetmueller looks to throw the ball to first base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday, April 14. The Gophers beat Michigan State two games to none as part of their double header.

Gophers fall in a pitchers’ duel against Northwestern

Published May 4, 2019

"Our stats almost mirror each other. It's almost like playing yourself a little bit." Those were the words of Gopher head coach Jamie Trachsel earlier this week. They proved to be true on Friday night....

Sophomore Shane Wiskus poses for a portrait in Cooke Hall on Friday, April 30. Wiskus was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the second consecutive season and was the 2019 NCAA Men’s Parallel Bars champion.

Shane Wiskus: national champion to Olympic hopeful

Published May 2, 2019

At Shane Wiskus' childhood home in Spring Park, Minnesota, he keeps a whiteboard. It's not a calendar or a to-do list. It's not meant for doodles or grocery items. It's motivation. All it says is "448...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Carlie Brandt: Minnesota’s swiss army knife

Published May 2, 2019

The Gophers head into the final regular season series of the season against Northwestern having won their last 11 games. They stand in third place in the Big Ten with a chance to climb into the top spot...

Linebacker Blake Cashman calls to his teammates on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska defeated the Gophers with a final score of 53-28.

Gophers’ linebacker Blake Cashman selected in NFL draft

Published April 28, 2019

Minnesota had a presence in the 2019 NFL draft with a former linebacker heading out east. Gophers' linebacker Blake Cashman was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft on...

Gophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017.

Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in Nebraska

Published April 22, 2019

The Gophers kept pace in the crowded Big Ten standings with a sweep of Nebraska over the weekend. Minnesota currently sits third in the conference, trailing second-place Michigan by half a game and Northwestern...

Freshman gymnast Shane Wiskus performs on the pommel horse during a meet on Jan. 27, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion. 

Shane Wiskus crowned national champion, Lexy Ramler finishes as a runner-up

Published April 22, 2019

This weekend had been on Shane Wiskus' mind since last year.  He got his first taste of the NCAA Championships as a freshman in 2018, when he played an integral part in the team's second-place finish....

Freshman David Pochinka competes in the still rings at Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Gopher Gymnastics NCAA Championship notebook

Published April 18, 2019

The Gopher's men gymnastics team heads to the NCAA Championships this weekend in a position that is striking similar to that of 2018.  Both the 2018 and 2019 teams finished atop the Big Ten in the...

Sophomore Lexy Ramler competes on the balance beam at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15.

Women fall just short of NCAA championships, men place fifth at the Big Ten finale

Published April 8, 2019

The Gophers' women's gymnastics team knew it was going to be a tough road to the NCAA Championships. New rule changes saw the championship field drop from 12 to eight and with the Gophers ranking No. 11...

Infielder Hope Brandner catches the ball for an out on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

Gophers take two out of three at Illinois

Published April 8, 2019

The Gophers' softball team traveled to Illinois over the weekend, riding a six-game winning streak and looking for their third consecutive Big Ten sweep. While the Gophers failed to complete the sweep,...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

Non-Conference schedule leaves Gophers in strong position

Published April 4, 2019

The No. 19-ranked Gophers' softball team wants to be seen as a powerhouse.  But not just one in the Big Ten, where the team has finished 84-11 over the past five seasons, but in all of college softball....

Shane Wiskus competes in the pommel horse at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Gophers look for redemption at Big Ten Championships

Published April 4, 2019

Last year's Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan didn't not go as the Minnesota Gophers men's gymnastics team had planned. The No. 2 ranked Gophers were the favorites heading into an event the...

Sophomore Lexy Ramler competes on the balance beam at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15.

Lexy Ramler looking to write her name in the record books again

Published April 1, 2019

One week ago, Lexy Ramler was honored as the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. The next afternoon, Ramler competed at the Big Ten Championships, claiming the Big Ten beam title and a share of the all-Around...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers dominate Purdue in home opener 5-1

Published March 29, 2019

Fans filled the stands of Jane Sage Cowles Stadium for the first time in 2019 as the Gophers softball team faced off against Purdue for the home opener on a brisk Friday afternoon.  The Gophers (23-9,...

Gophers show off their stuff to NFL scouts on pro day

Published March 28, 2019

Months of training for former Gophers' football players and others from colleges in Minnesota led up to Wednesday's pro day at the David and Janis Larson Football Performance Center. Dozens of NFL scouts...

Sophomore Lexy Ramler competes on the balance beam at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15.

Men earn share of Big Ten regular season title, women place fourth at Big Ten Championships

Published March 25, 2019

Both the men's and women's gymnastics teams were busy over spring break as the squads racked up conference accolades. The No. 6-ranked men's team hit the mats on Saturday, March 23 at Maturi Pavillion...

Infielder MaKenna Partain swings during a game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers sweep the Terrapins in first Big Ten series of the year

Published March 25, 2019

The Gophers (22-9, 3-0) ended their spring break trip in Maryland (16-15, 0-3) taking on the Terrapins in their first Big Ten matchup of the season. Minnesota's start to conference play was a success,...

Junior Amir Coffey fights to control the ball on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Resilient Gophers win in OT and advance to Big Ten Quarterfinals

Published March 15, 2019

The No. 7 Gophers (20-12, 9-11) passed their first test of the Big Ten Tournament, defeating No. 10 Penn State (14-18, 7-13) 77-72.  The win gave the Gophers another Quadrant 1 victory, the highest...

Junior Paige Williams performs her floor routine at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15.

Paige Williams and Gophers peaking at the right time

Published March 14, 2019

In just two months, the Gophers' women's gymnastics team has gone from the No. 22 ranked team in the country to No. 9. The Gophers have climbed the rankings steadily each week and have put together their...

Infielder MaKenna Partain swings during a game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers beat No.9 Texas twice, go 4-1 for the weekend

Published March 11, 2019

No. 22 Minnesota softball traveled to Austin, Texas for the Longhorn Invitational over the weekend, taking on Texas Southern and No. 9 Texas. The Gophers came out of the weekend 4-1, defeating Texas Southern...

Shane Wiskus competes in the pommel horse at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Gophers win battle of top-10 teams

Published March 11, 2019

After five rotations on Friday, the outcome looked bleak for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team. The Gophers trailed No. 7 Ohio State by eight points with one rotation left.  The Gophers headed to...

Sophomore forward Brannon McManus celebrates his second goal of the game against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers score three unanswered to top Michigan in overtime

Published March 9, 2019

The Gophers took game one of a best-of-three quarterfinal series against Michigan on Friday after rallying from a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals. The win puts the Gophers in the advantage. Michigan...

Head Coach P.J. Fleck leads the Gophers onto the field on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska defeated the Gophers with a final score of 53-28.

Gophers set to kick off spring practice

Published March 7, 2019

After finishing its 2018 schedule with two big victories — a historic win over Wisconsin and a 34-10 drubbing of Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl — the Gophers have already started preparation for...

Amber Fiser pitches against Northwestern on April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Amber Fiser racks up accolades and strikeouts in Arizona

Published March 7, 2019

Junior starting pitcher Amber Fiser began the season for the second consecutive year as the team's ace and first option. She has certainly pitched up to the responsibility so far.  Fiser pitched in...

Freshman Eric Nakamura competes on the floor exercise on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Maturi Pavilion.

Eric Nakamura: Comedian, dancer, Gopher gymnast

Published March 7, 2019

Freshman Eric Nakamura was sitting in Spanish class his senior year of high school when he got a life-changing phone call.  On the other end was Gophers men's gymnastics head coach Mike Burns. Nakamura...

Senior Jordan Murphy spins towards the basket on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

Seniors spark upset in final home game

Published March 6, 2019

The night started with a standing ovation and ended with fans storming the court as the Gophers (19-11, 9-10) upset No. 11 Purdue (22-8, 15-4) 73-69 on senior night Tuesday.  The emotion-packed evening...

Teammates cheer for Justin Karstadt after sticking his landing on the pommel horse during a meet at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, March 18.

Two gymnasts up for top individual award

Published March 5, 2019

Two Minnesota gymnasts — Vitali Kan and Justin Karstadt — were announced as finalists for the Nissen Emery Award, which is given out annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast, the team announced...

Paige Williams is congratulated by her coach after vaulting on Saturday, March 2 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers send seniors out strong

Published March 4, 2019

The Gophers women's gymnastics team had been trying to put all four events together the entire season, and on Saturday afternoon, the team finally did it. Minnesota scored a season-high and second-best...

Sophomore Hannah Willmarth jumps during her bar routine at Maturi Pavillon on Friday, Feb 15.

Hannah Willmarth thriving after transfer

Published February 28, 2019

Transferring from school to school has become a common trend throughout college sports nationwide.  However, some programs haven't emphasized it during recruiting, including the Gophers women's gymnastics...

Shane Wiskus competes in the pommel horse at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Underclassmen fuel second-place finish

Published February 25, 2019

After a week off, the men's gymnastics team traveled to Nebraska for a tri-meet against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 18 University of Illinois-Chicago. They finished second behind Nebraska, losing 404.650-403.600.  Due...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches during a game against Nebraska at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Gophers win three but drop two against ranked Alabama

Published February 25, 2019

Minnesota's softball team traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past weekend for the Easton Bama Bash, taking on Alabama, Louisiana Monroe and Missouri State.  The Gophers (7-5) finished the weekend...

Redshirt sophomore Eric Curry attempts to score on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Guard play struggles in loss to Michigan

Published February 22, 2019

In need of another signature win on their NCAA tournament resume, the Gophers (17-10, 7-9 Big Ten) took on the No. 7 ranked Wolverines (24-3, 13-3 Big Ten), but came up short.  The Gophers lost 69-60...

Utility Carlie Brandt winds up for a pitch during the game against the University of South Dakota on April 4, 2017.

Gophers offense finds power from new faces

Published February 21, 2019

The Gophers have found success from unexpected places this season as new faces have emerged to lead Minnesota on offense. Of the eight home runs the team has hit this season, all of them have been from...

Sophomore Henry Meeker competes in the still rings at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Henry Meeker wants to pave his own legacy

Published February 21, 2019

The last name Meeker may sound familiar to many Gophers gymnastics fans.  Sophomore Henry Meeker currently competes on the team. However, years before him, his father Brian Meeker competed on the...

Sophomore Lexy Ramler competes on the balance beam at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Feb 15.

Gophers remain undefeated in Big Ten with win against Maryland

Published February 18, 2019

The Minnesota women's gymnastics team continued their hot streak against Maryland on Friday, beating the Terrapins 196.850-195.325. The win is the sixth in a row for the Gophers, who are currently tied...

Junior Ivy Lu performs on the uneven bars on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Maturi Pavilion.

Ivy Lu seeks perfection once again

Published February 14, 2019

Nearly one year ago on Feb. 16, Gophers gymnast Ivy Lu achieved perfection. Lu wrote her name in the Gophers' record book that day as the second gymnast in program history to hit a perfect score on the...

Shane Wiskus competes in the pommel horse at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Gophers set numerous career-highs in win against Arizona State

Published February 11, 2019

The Gophers men's gymnastics team has begun to hit their stride. With their 408.600-379.800 win over Arizona State on Sunday, the team set a new season-high score. "I'm really proud of this team, each...

Forward Jordan Murphy looks to shoot at Williams Arena on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Gophers defeated the Bulldogs 109-53.

Shooting struggles plague Gophers in loss to Michigan State

Published February 10, 2019

Saturday's game against No. 9 Michigan State (19-5, 10-3) provided the Gophers (16-8, 6-7) a huge opportunity to boost their NCAA tournament resume, as the Spartans had lost three games in a row to unranked...

TBD

Published February 9, 2019

Saturday's game against #9 Michigan State (19-5, 10-3) provided the Gophers (16-8, 6-7) a huge opportunity to boost their NCAA tournament resume, as the Spartans had lost three games in a row to unranked...

Senior Shaun Herzog competes in the floor exercise at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

New men’s gymnastics captains hope to lead by example

Published February 7, 2019

Following a second place finish at the NCAA Championships last season, the Minnesota roster went through a massive overhaul. Ten seniors departed the team, including team captains Joel Gagnon and Alex...

Junior Ivy Lu performs on the uneven bars on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers start conference play with two wins in a row

Published February 4, 2019

After a disappointing fourth-place finish in regionals last season, the Gophers (7-2, 2-0) have shown that they can be much better this season. The team began Big Ten competition last week on Saturday,...

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur dribbles to the lane at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Second half scoring runs lift Gophers over Fighting Illini

Published January 31, 2019

Illinois hung around with Minnesota for much of the first half of Wednesday's game, with both teams trading narrow leads. The Gophers flipped a switch in the second half, though, and embarked on two lopsided...

Sophomore Ona Loper watches her teammate on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at Peik Gymnasium on East Bank.

Ona Loper regains confidence after return from season-ending injury

Published January 31, 2019

Ona Loper's freshman year was more than anyone expected from the young gymnast.  The Bluffton, South Carolina native was in the midst of a fantastic first few months, leading the team in floor exercise...

Senior Shaun Herzog competes in the still rings at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Gophers remain upbeat despite loss to Michigan

Published January 28, 2019

The Gophers came into Saturday hoping for revenge against the Wolverines, who finished one place better than them at last week's Windy City Invitational. Despite a season-high 408.300 score, the Gophers...

Junior Rem Pitlick works to keep the puck away from Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Defensive struggles lead to Border Battle split

Published January 27, 2019

The border battle had become a one-sided affair in recent months, as P.J. Fleck and the football team went into Madison and trounced the Badgers in November. That was followed two months later by the men's...

Freshman gymnast Shane Wiskus performs on the pommel horse during a meet on Jan. 27, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion. 

Youthful men’s gymnastics team has heightened responsibility this season

Published January 24, 2019

Last season, the Gophers men's gymnastics team reached their ultimate goal.  The team qualified for the NCAA championships after a strong regular season and ultimately came in second overall — the...

Freshman Lexy Ramler competes in the uneven parallel bars at the Regional NCAA Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Minneapolis.

Gymnastics sees strong start to season behind Ramler, Kan

Published January 21, 2019

Both the women's and men's teams have begun to hit the mats at Maturi Pavilion, each with a few matches under their belt. The women's team began their season in the warmth of Arizona on Jan. 4 to take...

Running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball on Saturday, Nov. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Minnesota trounces Georgia Tech 34-10 in Quick Lane Bowl

Published December 27, 2018

In head coach P.J. Fleck’s first bowl game with the Gophers, freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim paved the way to victory. Ibrahim finished with a career-high 224 rushing yards — the most for a Minnesota...

The Gopher football team huddles during a time out on Saturday, Sept. 15 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Football update: new signing class, bowl game, suspensions, sit outs

Published December 19, 2018

A lot happened in the world of Gophers football after the final regular season game ended with a 37-15 victory over Wisconsin. After a report came out last week that stated players were suspended from...

Gopher defense celebrates a fourth down stop at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003.

Several football players suspended for bowl game

Published December 12, 2018

The Gophers are expected be without at least six players for the Quick Lane Bowl due to disciplinary action taken by the team for a violation of team rules, according to reports from Star Tribune and Pioneer...

Redshirt senior Sean Russell at 125 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers topple Fresno State 31-6

Published December 10, 2018

The Gophers ended their non-conference dual schedule on Saturday night, beating Fresno State 31-6. The victory moved the team to 3-1 on the season. "We were pleased, we scored some good bonus points in...

Redshirt senior Ethan Lizak at 133 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Ethan Lizak primed for another NCAA run at a different position

Published December 6, 2018

There isn't much Ethan Lizak hasn't achieved in his first four years as a Gophers wrestler. The redshirt senior is a two-time All-American and a three-time NCAA qualified — earning a fourth place finish...

Gophers place 6th at Cliff Keen Invitational

Published December 3, 2018

The Gopher wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas this past weekend, finishing sixth in the two-day Cliff Keen Invitational.  The team saw four players make the podium in an up-and-down performance...

Gopher defense celebrates a fourth down stop at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003.

Minnesota to play in the Quick Lane Bowl

Published December 3, 2018

Minnesota's season isn't done just yet.  After the Gophers guaranteed themselves a bowl game with a 37-15 victory over Wisconsin, the team learned Sunday that they will travel to Detroit to play in...

Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Steveson has dominant start to college career

Published November 29, 2018

Gable Steveson isn't your average freshman wrestler — unless winning four high school state titles and three world titles is considered average. The Apple Valley, Minnesota native has transitioned seamlessly...

Gopher defense celebrates a fourth down stop at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Gophers beat the Badgers 37-15 for the first time since 2003.

Turnovers the difference in historic win at Madison

Published November 25, 2018

Head coach P.J. Fleck said earlier in the week the Gophers' care of the ball hadn't been where it needed to be. That message was heard loud and clear Saturday, evidenced by the Gophers' performance. "The...

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor stiff arms Gophers defensive back Jacob Huff at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 25. The Badgers defeated the Gophers 31-0.

Border rivalry? Not so much for Gophers in recent years

Published November 21, 2018

Saturday will mark the 128th meeting Minnesota between Wisconsin. It is the longest-running rivalry game in all of college football.  However, for the past 25 years, it hasn't felt much like a rivalry....

Wide receiver Seth Green fights through a tackle during the game against Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Gophers remain one win from bowl eligibility after loss to Northwestern

Published November 17, 2018

Coming into Saturday, the Gophers had averaged 28 points per game in Big Ten play. Against Northwestern, however, they could only muster 14.  Northwestern (7-4, 7-1) controlled the ball on the ground...

Offense sputters in loss to Northwestern

Published November 17, 2018

Coming into Saturday, the Gophers had averaged 28 points per game in Big Ten play. Against Northwestern, however, they could only muster 14.  Northwestern (7-4, 7-1) controlled the ball on the ground,...

Daily Breakdown: Gophers slight underdogs at home

Published November 15, 2018

Now as a ranked team, Northwestern has already clinched its trip to Indianapolis to play for the Big Ten championship as the Big Ten West leader. Minnesota is an underdog but is trending upward with the...