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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

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

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

Gophers lose to Iowa, drop to 1-3

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

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

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

Gable Steveson talks weight, WWE and activism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Gopher's birthday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Gophers fall sports preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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Carlie Brandt: Minnesota’s swiss army knife

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,...