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Plant excels in, out of pool

May 7, 2015

When head coach Kelly Kremer recruited Jessica Plant to swim at the University of Minnesota, he told her he envisioned her being an All-American by the end of her career.   Plant, who hails from Canada,...

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks about the formation of the Minnesota College Football Playoff Steering Committee and their official bid to host the 2020 College Football Playoff, Tuesday in St. Paul.

MN makes College Football Playoff bid

May 6, 2015

State and University of Minnesota officials are hoping to add the College Football Playoff championship to the growing list of high-profile events that the new Vikings stadium will host.   Gov. Mark...

Despite trend, U won’t add triathlon

April 30, 2015

The NCAA recently started recognizing triathlons as part of a push to include more female student-athletes in the league.   Though University of Minnesota athletics officials say the school won’t...

Big Ten drug policies differ among schools

April 30, 2015

With the amount of change the NCAA has undergone in recent years, rectifying inconsistent drug policies from school to school may be next on the docket.   Just last week, the NCAA Committee on Infractions...

Coaches’ role addressing injuries shifts with times

April 21, 2015

Dozens of female coaches from across the state convened at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday to better understand how collegiate coaches and female athletes work together to address injuries.    At...

Study finds need for athlete social media training

April 16, 2015

Gophers women’s hockey head coach Brad Frost said at the beginning of each season, he sits his team down to discuss the implications of poor social media practices.   “We talk about how...

Minnesota's Kiera Janzen competes at the 2013 Arena Grand Prix Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Senior Janzen swims on despite crash

April 14, 2015

Just two weeks before this year’s NCAA championships, a car accident left senior swimmer Kiera Janzen with a concussion. Janzen worked her way back to recovery, but before the team flew out to North...

Law School grad finds niche with pro soccer

April 14, 2015

After earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland in 2005, Nick Rogers had his heart set on law school.   The University of Minnesota Law School was the only institution...

Former Gophers kicker Chris Hawthorne attends a committee meeting while he was a student at the University in Bierman Field Athletic Building on Feb. 17, 2014. Hawthorne recently joined a 13-person committee that will analyze the NCAA's transfer process.

Hawthorne to study transfers rule

April 7, 2015

After his first year at North Carolina State University, Chris Hawthorne felt the need to transfer. The Raleigh, N.C., native said he needed a fresh start. âÄúOut of personal and professional necessity,...

Gominsky comes back to U, gives back to youth

April 1, 2015

With a verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of Minnesota already established, Justin Gominsky received a phone call from head coach John Anderson before his senior year of high school. Anderson...

Gophers shortstop Michael Handel hits the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 13, 2014 at Siebert Field.

Handels bond over Gophers athletics

March 31, 2015

Michael Handel grew up in Sun Prairie, Wis., 30 minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was raised a Badgers fan, and his father, Randy, even worked in the university’s athletics department. But...

Biostatistics professor Brad Carlin demonstrates how he works through equations to make NCAA basketball tournament bracket predictions at his office in the Mayo Memorial Building on Thursday afternoon.

U professor finds method to March Madness

March 25, 2015

Brad Carlin was puzzled when other people devised better brackets than his own in his NCAA March Madness pool for the Division I men’s basketball tournament. As a biostatistics professor, he couldn’t...

Minnesota outside hitter Daly Santana hits the ball on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers learn from weeklong trip to Japan

March 25, 2015

Spring break for the Gophers didn’t exactly amount to free time on a beach somewhere south of Minneapolis. Instead, the team flew 12 hours across the world to train and compete at the National Training...

NCAA changes track championship schedule

March 11, 2015

Amid many changes to protocol and reviews of revenue sports, the NCAA’s policy overhaul has trickled down to affect some of the league’s nonrevenue sports. The NCAA announced last month it...

Gopers athletics director Norwood Teague answers questions in his office at the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Sept. 18.

Athletics Director Teague talks new track, recruiting

March 10, 2015

The Minnesota Daily met with athletics director Norwood Teague on Monday for the latest edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.” Teague discussed head football coach Jerry Kill’s recruiting...

Evonne Bilotta-Burke is a RollerGirl, an Associate to the Director of the Multicultural Center and an instructor in the leadership department at the University.

U instructor doubles as Minnesota RollerGirl

March 4, 2015

Evonne Bilotta-Burke was skeptical of roller derby when her friends introduced her to it years ago. But she decided to give it a chance, she said, which eventually lead to a spot on the Twin Cities’...

University alpine skier Madison Whalen competes on March 2.

University’s alpine skiing club travels to nationals

March 3, 2015

At the regional championships last month, freshman Gabriella Sorg glided down the competition’s hill — unaware of how her time would impact the University of Minnesota’s alpine skiing...

U selects Mortenson for Athletics Village

March 2, 2015

The University of Minnesota announced the selection of M.A. Mortenson Company to manage the construction of the new Athletics Village on Friday. The Minneapolis-based construction company will be responsible...

The Barnyard chants the rouser before Minnesota played Northwestern at Williams Arena on Wednesday. The student section will not be traveling to the Big Ten tournament.

The Barnyard to miss Big Ten tournament

February 24, 2015

A group of about 75 students attend every home game the Gophers men’s basketball team plays — both the nonconference cupcake matchups and hardcore historical rivalries. Each student is proud...

Volleyball players set for USA tryouts this weekend

February 20, 2015

Nine members of the Gophers volleyball team travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to try out for the U.S. women's national team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Maddie Beal, Alyssa Goehner,...

Gophers get ‘B’ grade in study on female coaches

February 18, 2015

When the federal government enacted Title IX in the early 1970s, around 90 percent of the head coaches for women’s sports teams were females. But since then, the number of female head coaches has...

Teague briefs Board of Regents on NCAA reform

February 13, 2015

The University of Minnesota will pay around $2,200 to cover the cost of attendance for over 300 full-scholarship athletes as part of the new NCAA autonomy rules, athletics director Norwood Teague said...

Regents committee approves $15M for athletic facility design

February 12, 2015

The $190 million athletic facilities plan took another step forward Thursday as a Board of Regents committee approved an amendment to allot the athletics department $15 million for schematic design of...

Bjugstad returns to Minnesota

February 12, 2015

With the Minnesota North Stars already relocated to Texas, Nick Bjugstad didn’t spend too much time dreaming of playing in the NHL growing up. His ultimate goal was playing for the Gophers, where...

Bjugstad still confident in Gophers hockey

February 12, 2015

Former University of Minnesota and current Florida Panthers star Nick Bjugstad is back in Minnesota for Florida's game against the Wild Thursday night. Bjugstad recently signed a six-year contract...

U helps athletes’ mental health

February 10, 2015

Just down the hall from the weight rooms, practice gym and study areas of the Bierman Field Athletic Building sits a special place where student-athletes can find help when stress levels from balancing...

Alumnus’ donation latest in sprint towards new facility

February 9, 2015

The University of Minnesota announced a $6 million donation to help fund a new basketball facility on Friday. Robert Eddy, a University graduate and retired telecommunications executive, made the donation...

Gophers sophomore Paula Rincon-Otero, left, and junior Julia Courter pose at the Baseline Tennis Center Tuesday afternoon. The two have gotten off to a strong start in doubles this season.

Courter, Rincon-Otero gel in doubles

February 5, 2015

Before coming to Minnesota, Julia Courter didn’t play high school tennis. She was homeschooled, forcing her to make her mark on the United States Tennis Association circuit tournaments. Paula Rincon-Otero,...

Interim pitching coach Scott Matyas speaks to players during practice at Bierman Field Athletic Building on Tuesday afternoon. Matyas pitched for the Gophers from 2008-2011 and is currently filling in for Todd Oakes.

Oakes’ leukemia in remission

February 4, 2015

A 21-day hospital visit for the return of acute myeloid leukemia in December had pitching coach Todd Oakes concerned about more than just baseball at practice last Tuesday. He addressed the team for the...

Corwin shines early in singles

January 29, 2015

To end Tuesday’s men’s tennis practice, all team members participated in a rigorous relay race as part of an attempt to improve their conditioning heading into Big Ten play. While the running...

North Star College Cup & The Beanpot

January 26, 2015

Fans who attended the North Star College Cup on Friday and Saturday saw quality hockey, even though the tournament is only in its second year. Three of the four participating schools — including...

Ryba steps up early on

January 22, 2015

Caroline Ryba didn’t have the opportunity to savor her final weeks at home before coming to the University of Minnesota. The freshman rehabilitated a hip alignment issue within a month of joining...

Former Gophers QB Nelson to plead guilty to assault charge

January 20, 2015

Former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson will plead guilty to fifth degree assault for his role in a fight in Mankato last May, according to the Star Tribune. According to a statement from his lawyer,...

Power 5 conferences pass new legislation

January 20, 2015

The Power 5 conferences took a historic step forward Saturday, using their autonomy to enact legislation to help cover the rising cost of attendance for student-athletes. The legislation, which will take...

Minnesota assistant volleyball coach Laura Benzing poses in the volleyball lounge Thursday evening. Benzing was recently hired by head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon.

McCutcheon taps Benzing as assistant

January 20, 2015

When Laura Benzing was in high school, she was rather unfamiliar with the college volleyball recruiting process. The Sparta, Wis., native would ask college coaches where they saw her play because she had...

Teague talks bowl game revenue, Kill

December 10, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with athletics director Norwood Teague on Tuesday for its third edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.” Teague discussed bowl game revenue, the new scholarship...

Fans irked by season ticket plan

December 10, 2014

Marty Orbuch, 82, has been a Gophers football season-ticket holder for a half-century. As a 1957 University of Minnesota Medical School alumnus, he wanted to keep the tradition of Gophers athletics alive...

Former Gophers WR Decker supports Jerry Kill

December 9, 2014

Eric Decker returned to Minneapolis with the New York Jets for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers alum, who was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, signed...

Gophers get shopping trip with Citrus Bowl

December 8, 2014

The Gophers' football team is in for a treat when they head to Orlando, Fla., for its New Year's Day bowl game against Missouri. Aside from the increase in temperature, the Gophers will come home...

Decker returns to TCF with Jets

December 8, 2014

One word truly captures the essence of Eric Decker’s athletics career: opportunity. The Cold Spring, Minn., native said his work ethic is the reason he earned the chance to play at the University...

Athletics deptartment increases ticket prices

December 3, 2014

The athletics department announced Tuesday that the price for scholarship seating, or premium seating, at TCF Bank Stadium will increase over the next three years. The change will increase revenue for...

Merzbacher commits to play for her dad

December 3, 2014

Head coach Chuck Merzbacher has had a particular talented tennis player on his recruiting radar since she was 8 years old. Merzbacher kept tabs on the tennis player as she competed throughout the years,...

Vikings fans brave cold to watch big victory

December 1, 2014

Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium finally had the feel of true Minnesota weather for the Vikings. With an official game-time temperature of 12 degrees Fahrenheit, Sunday tied for the seventh-coldest...

Senior forward Rachael Bona controls the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday evening.

Minnesota trounces Mavericks twice

November 24, 2014

Minnesota State-Mankato entered the weekend home-and-home series against the Gophers without a tally in their win column. The Mavericks kept the losing streak going this weekend, as No. 2 Minnesota swept...

Packers fans cheer after a touchdown on Nov. 23, 2014, at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings lost 24-21 to the Packers.

Packers fanbase alive in Minneapolis

November 24, 2014

When Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy caught a pass at the start of the fourth quarter, eluded his defenders and ran into the end zone, fans in TCF Bank Stadium hollered and cheered. Later, chants of “Go...

Gophers headed to Japan this spring

November 19, 2014

The Gophers volleyball team will travel to Japan next year as part of its spring preseason. Minnesota accepted an invitation from the Japan Volleyball Association to train and compete against the All-Japan...

A place for Gophers athletes to be students

November 18, 2014

Balancing classes and athletics can be tough for student-athletes who are in the midst of their season. But at the University of Minnesota, the McNamara Academic Center in the Bierman Field Athletic Building...

Gophers sophomore Paige Tapp hits the ball on Oct. 15 against Wisconsin at the Sports Pavillion.

Gophers fall prey to top-10 Nittany Lions

November 17, 2014

In the midst of a nine-match winning streak, No. 6 Penn State had momentum rolling into Saturday’s contest against Minnesota. But that didn’t stop the Gophers from challenging the Nittany Lions...

‘A symbiotic relationship’

November 12, 2014

Koichiro Kanno could be an Olympic head coach in two years. But for now, he’s making his home in Minnesota and working as the Gophers volleyball team’s volunteer assistant coach. The Japan...

Ex-Olympians at home, pupils in Minnesota

November 11, 2014

In the United States, the media doesn’t typically cover the departure of American college students heading abroad for a semester. But for 11 Chinese students spending a year at the University...

The keeper of the budget

November 5, 2014

For a guy who dreamed of administering the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, Tom McGinnis sure has gotten pretty close. While he admits he has given up on that dream, he has found success elsewhere. McGinnis...

Twins tap Gophers alum as new manager

November 5, 2014

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday they have hired Gophers alum Paul Molitor as their new manager. The hire was officially announced at a press conference Tuesday. "This is an incredible day for...

Protest aside, typical day in the stadium

November 3, 2014

It was a regular Sunday inside TCF Bank Stadium, despite a more than 3,000-person protest right outside the University of Minnesota stadium’s gates. But as one of the largest demonstrations in campus...

Teague discusses bundling, coaches

October 30, 2014

The Minnesota Daily met with University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague on Wednesday for the second edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.” Teague discussed Gophers coaches,...

U’s Tucker Center pioneers with research

October 28, 2014

By the early 1990s, female participation in sports had taken off in the United States. The federal law protecting against gender-based discrimination, Title IX, took effect in 1972. But while the legislation...

Student-athletes embrace volunteering

October 23, 2014

Free time can be hard to come by for student-athletes between hours of practice and games on top of academic commitments. But for some, dedicating free time to volunteer work serves a significant role...

Freshman McHugh makes early impact

October 23, 2014

Kelly Kremer knew he had secured one of the top swimmers in the nation when Conner McHugh committed to the University of Minnesota. The Gophers head coach kept up with McHugh’s times and progress...

From maroon to purple

October 13, 2014

Just 30 minutes after the Gophers football team toppled Northwestern on Saturday, the signature maroon and gold “M” had nearly vanished from TCF Bank Stadium’s 50-yard line. More than...

What makes a coach?

October 7, 2014

Athletics director Norwood Teague said he’s impressed with the group of coaches he has for the 23 sports teams at the University of Minnesota. “I cannot be prouder of the group that we have,”...

Toledo bows out of ITAs after third round

October 6, 2014

For Leandro Toledo, the Saint Francis Health System Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships were a chance to prove himself to be better than the No. 22 ranking he earned before play...

Gophers adjust to NCAA meals rule

October 1, 2014

More than five months after the NCAA’s approval of a new rule allowing Division I athletics departments to provide unlimited meals and snacks to athletes, the Gophers are still becoming acclimated...

Old teammates meet up at TCF

September 29, 2014

MarQueis Gray and Ra’Shede Hageman were both back at TCF Bank Stadium playing football on Sunday. This time, though, neither of the two donned the esteemed maroon and gold of their alma mater, despite...

Brichacova heads to ITAs

September 25, 2014

Tereza Brichacova wasn’t an All-America recruit when she enrolled at the University of Minnesota. Now, as a senior, Brichacova was selected to play in the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association...

Teague talks NCAA rules

September 23, 2014

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague for its inaugural edition of “Talkin’ with Teague” on Thursday. Teague, now in his third year...

Minnesota shines in Gopher Invitational

September 22, 2014

Minnesota headed into the Gopher Invitational intending to set the bar for the upcoming season. The Gophers did just that, finishing each day with winning records in both singles and doubles. Three Gophers...

Team preps freshmen

September 18, 2014

The focus of this weekend’s Gopher Invitational for the women’s tennis team won’t solely be on victories. Instead, head coach Chuck Merzbacher will zone in on his team’s underclassmen...

‘A place we can call home’

September 15, 2014

A sea of purple enveloped Dinkytown and Stadium Village on Sunday morning before the Minnesota Vikings played their first regular-season game at TCF Bank Stadium this year. Lively tailgates surrounded...

NCAA reinstates Penn State’s postseason eligibility

September 10, 2014

The NCAA restored Penn State University’s football postseason eligibility Monday, lifting one of several sanctions it handed down in 2012 after finding that the school had mishandled the Jerry Sandusky...

Fans fill the stands for Minnesota's game against Middle Tennessee State at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. The announced attendance for the game was 47,223.

Student season ticket sales up

September 9, 2014

Since his hiring at Minnesota almost four years ago, head coach Jerry Kill has steadily improved the Gophers football program. The team’s recent success, in addition to an increased marketing...

U, Land O’Lakes announce donation

September 4, 2014

University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague’s $190 million facilities plan took a major step forward Tuesday with a $25 million contribution from Land O’Lakes. University President...

Coaches pushing for split soccer season

September 4, 2014

A proposal to extend the Division I soccer schedule is quickly becoming more popular across the country. The proposal would extend the season — currently played in the fall — into the spring,...

Land O’Lakes to donate $25M to the University’s facilities plan

September 3, 2014

The University of Minnesota and Land O’Lakes announced Tuesday that the corporation will donate $25 million to new school projects, with a large portion of the funds going toward the school’s...