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Gopher hoops blow out Bethune-Cookman at Barn

December 11, 2000

It was an unusual sight. With little more than three minutes remaining in the Minnesota men's basketball team's 93-70 defeat of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, the Gophers' regulars took to the bench as walk-ons...

Hoops team sneaks past Morris Brown

December 5, 2000

Terrance Simmons has watched some pretty disgusting things in his three years with the Minnesota men's basketball team. But the senior guard said the Gophers 64-53 defeat of Morris Brown at Williams Arena...

Morris Brown is in town

December 4, 2000

Know anything about Morris Brown's men's basketball team? Minnesota (5-1) doesn't know much about the Wolverines, either. That's all about to change, though, as the Gophers host Morris Brown (2-5) tonight...

Gophers head to Miami for Micronpc bowl

November 21, 2000

For the second consecutive year, Minnesota is bowl bound. The Gophers (6-5, 4-4 Big Ten) were extended an invitation Monday to the Micronpc.com Bowl in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 28. The Gophers opponent...

Big Ten goes down to wire with champion named on Saturday

November 15, 2000

If you're having trouble with the plethora of pundits, partisans and possibilities clouding the presidential recount in sunny Florida, don't even bother with the mess of Big Ten football in the upper Midwest. The...

Exhibition season ends with Minnesota victory

November 13, 2000

The exhibition season has come and gone for Minnesota's men's basketball team. While the Gophers picked up two wins in exhibition play -- a 96-56 defeat of Team Concept on Tuesday followed by a 91-55 win...

Cagers struggle with injuries, chemistry early in season

November 10, 2000

The Minnesota's men's basketball team has exhibition game No. 1 in the books -- a 96-56 defeat of Team Concept on Tuesday -- but the verdict on the season's future is as undecided as the presidential vote...

Three Big Ten teams vault into BCS rankings

November 8, 2000

It seems the race to the Rose Bowl has come down to two teams. Northwestern (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) and Purdue (7-2, 5-1) are tied for the lead in Big Ten standings. If the Boilermakers win out, they go to...

Bollinger blows Minnesota away

November 6, 2000

MADISON, Wis. -- Badgers running back Michael Bennett sat on the Camp Randall sideline in uniform on Saturday. That's all he did. Bennett was cleared to play against Minnesota on a sprained ankle, but...

Brees’ arm gives Purdue inside track toward Pasedena

November 1, 2000

With a 31-27 comeback win over Ohio State last weekend, Purdue became the favorite to win the Big Ten championship. Boilermakers quarterback Drew Brees fired the game-winning touchdown with 1:55 remaining. "The...

Redmon looking for help

October 31, 2000

Gophers running back Tellis Redmon admits he wouldn't mind a little help. In Minnesota's (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) 41-35 last-second loss to Northwestern Saturday, Redmon carried the ball 23 times. He was the...

Wildcats confident in Hail Mary toss

October 30, 2000

With less than three seconds left in a tied game and the snap safe in hand, Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok rolled to his right and intently watched three of his wide receivers sail down the right...

Up and down Gophers try to quit rollercoaster ride

October 25, 2000

Seat belts should have been required for Minnesota's (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) 2000 football season. Following a disappointing 2-2 start to the season -- including an unpredictable loss to Ohio -- the Gophers...

Gophers defense catches small break versus Northwestern

October 24, 2000

Minnesota's defense has not fared well against its opponents who run an option offense, as reflected in losses to Ohio and Indiana this season. In their latest defensive nightmare, the Gophers (5-3, 3-2)...

Randle El destroys Gophers

October 23, 2000

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Following Indiana's 53-41 defeat of Minnesota, Hoosiers quarterback Antwaan Randle El was asked about the significance of rushing for a career-high 210 yards. Randle El looked at Hoosiers...

Scary offense awaits Gophers in Indiana

October 20, 2000

Antwaan Randle El is more than a quarterback. He is the Golden Child of Indiana football. "I don't think there's a better football player in the Big Ten," Gophers coach Glen Mason said. "I'm not sure there's...

Cluster on top proof of strong conference

October 18, 2000

Each week, the Big Ten battle for the Rose Bowl ticket is more and more clouded. After four weeks of conference play, four teams occupy the top spot in league standings. Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern...

Tough test awaits Gophers defense in Bloomington

October 17, 2000

Sometimes, it takes more than coaches words to change a team's attitude. Sometimes, getting embarassed in front of seventy thousand fans is the greatest motivator of all. David Gibbs knows this well. And...

Johnson plays large in Columbus

October 16, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements has quick feet -- he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash. But Clements' feet aren't always the fastest part of his body. Last week, the junior's mouth beat his...

Wildcats big surprise at top of Big Ten leader board after three weeks

October 11, 2000

Talk about the unexpected. With the Big Ten football season well underway, Northwestern (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) sits atop the conference standings while Wisconsin (3-3, 0-3) rests at the bottom. Ohio State...

Defense shuts down Casey, Lions

October 9, 2000

There is nothing like two consecutive Big Ten wins to cure the underachieving blues. Just ask Gophers defensive tackle Jon Schlecht, who decided to celebrate Minnesota's 25-16 defeat of Penn State Saturday...

The college footb…

October 4, 2000

The college football season is less than half over, but already Northwestern has accomplished near-impossible feats. The Wildcats have two Big Ten win and have busted into the nation's top 25. After going...

Redmon and Tapeh: a tale of two tailbacks

October 3, 2000

Tellis Redmon was named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week Monday, sharing the honor with Northwestern running back Damien Anderson. And he still might not start Saturday. Gophers coach Glen...

Underachievers’ rally for impressive victory

October 2, 2000

Early last week, Gophers football coach Glen Mason labeled his team underachievers. Mason did not imply his players and coaching staff had a bad attitude. They just had the wrong one. Against the visiting...

Cole continues remarkable climb up depth chart

September 28, 2000

On the same day Travis Cole packed his suitcase to return home from visiting Minnesota, he decided to return to the Gophers in the fall. Miles and miles from home, but just a dial away, Cole called his...

Mason will try his luck with Cole

September 26, 2000

On Sunday, Travis Cole's roommate called him at his girlfriend's house with breaking news. Cole, a transfer from Foothill Junior College in San Francisco, was named the Gophers starting quarterback for...

ore of the same for Purdue’s QB

September 25, 2000

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., -- Boilermakers tight end Tim Stratton was unmoved. Signal caller Drew Brees had just thrown for 409 yards and two touchdowns and was the game's leading rusher, carrying 12 times...

ichigan fumbles hopes with early loss to UCLA

September 20, 2000

Michigan's drive stopped short of the end zone Saturday. The Wolverines were the third-ranked team in the nation and hoped to contend for the national title. But UCLA dented those hopes and ended Michigan's...

Punter leads Gophers special teams attack

September 14, 2000

Some "wannabe quarterback" kids hang a tire from a tree for target practice. Those who grow up with hopes of being a the next Sammy Sosa use frisbees as makeshift bases when they play whiffle ball with...

Gophers attempt to focus on future

September 12, 2000

Despite being shocked by Ohio on Saturday, life continues for the Gophers football team. On Monday, Minnesota (1-1) returned to the practice field, ready to rebound from its 23-17 home defeat, their first-ever...

Small back comes up large for Ohio

September 11, 2000

Ohio Bobcats tailback Chad Brinker left the field with visible wounds Saturday. As he walked through the Metrodome's tunnels toward the visitor's locker room -- his left hand bandaged and blood seeping...

It’s game time for Gophers ground giant

September 8, 2000

Four years ago, St. Paul Johnson's athletic director Karl Dickman watched Thomas Tapeh in physical education class intrigued by the sophomore's natural athletic ability. But even Dickman could not have...

Redmon quietly fills shoes for injured Tapeh

September 5, 2000

If there's one person Gophers running back Tellis Redmon might never juke, it's his teammate, running back Thomas Tapeh. Redshirt freshman Tapeh, who tore a ligament in his foot last spring, has yet to...

Women’s golf team finishes ninth at Big Ten tournament

May 1, 2000

Gophers women's golf coach Melissa Arthur headed to Wisconsin on Friday looking for a fast start from her team in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. In a strong golf conference, a top-of-the-pack...

Women’s golf team heads to Big Ten tourney

April 28, 2000

The Gophers women's golf team heads to the Big Ten tournament this weekend, a new territory for most of its members. Only juniors Katie Bakken and Jenny Brunn have competed at a conference tournament before. The...

Women’s golf enjoys spring weather heading to Big Ten tournament

April 26, 2000

With most of the season in the books, the Minnesota women's golf team is finally experiencing a week of golf weather. The Gophers arrived home from a sixth-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational...

Injuries slow men’s golf team during weekend efforts

April 19, 2000

In collegiate golf, it's not always adverse weather, a tricky course or a tough field that affects a team's play. Sometimes a team's score is influenced by one of its own golfers. On and off this season,...

Women’s golf team moving on up

April 12, 2000

A young team with a new coach, the Minnesota women's golf team continues to move up in national rankings -- the Gophers are now 67th. First-year Minnesota coach Melissa Arthur is pleased by the standing. "My...

Women’s golf team faces Big Ten at Indiana tourney

April 7, 2000

Despite being a veteran squad last season, the Minnesota women's golf team struggled on the course. The loss of four seniors and a head coach over the summer left the Gophers in an even bigger bunker. Gophers...

Gunderson helps Gophers get hot before break

April 5, 2000

Dave Gunderson keeps getting hotter. The Minnesota men's golfer just broke into the starting ranks this season, but he is already setting records. Gunderson hit 17 greens and carded eight birdies and 10...

Bakken anchors young women’s golf team

March 24, 2000

Katie Bakken has been one of Minnesota's top women golfers this spring. On Wednesday, the junior was recognized by the Big Ten for her efforts. Bakken earned her first conference player of the week honor...

Golfer fights his way into Gophers’ lineup

March 23, 2000

Minnesota men's golf coach John Means calls Dave Gunderson golf's version of Rudy. Means is referring to the Notre Dame football player from the '70s who eventually played, albeit for under a minute, for...

Gophers make late run, fall short of upset

March 10, 2000

CHICAGO -- The end of the Gophers' season was a nail-biting, gut-twisting, three-point loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten men's basketball tournament on Thursday. Iowa held on to beat the Gophers...

Coach’s wife backs up team, husband

March 9, 2000

Having smelled an upset, Gophers junior Mitch Ohnstad trudged out of the men's basketball locker room Saturday. Ohio State, a top-10 team in the country, finished its regular season with a victory moments...

Buckeyes’ Johnson swats away Minnesota

March 6, 2000

Ken Johnson isn't associated with the Ohio State men's basketball team as closely as Scoonie Penn or Michael Redd, but the man can play. The Buckeyes' other All-American candidate proved that at The Barn...

Redshirt Bauer gives Gophers hope

March 2, 2000

Motivated by brotherly taunts as a youngster, Gophers men's basketball redshirt freshman Mike Bauer quickly improved his game. Playing basketball in their Hastings, Minn., backyard, Mike was often beaten...

Ex-backups make solid showing in Iowa

February 28, 2000

IOWA CITY -- With just 2:03 remaining in the game, Hawkeyes men's basketball fans stood, waving good-bye to Gophers center Ryan Wildenborg while dizzying themselves with a breathless "ooohhh" cheer. The...

Men’s basketball moves on in Iowa

February 25, 2000

The rest of the season is a character test for the Gophers men's basketball team, a time to see if the problems of recent weeks can be overcome. But with just three regular season games remaining, Minnesota...

Przybilla’s gone, Gophers hit the road at bad time

February 22, 2000

It's apparent that Joel Przybilla has left the Gophers men's basketball team for good. But Minnesota coach Dan Monson says he still hasn't heard from the departing sophomore. "As far as communication with...

Purdue and Minnesota clear benches

February 21, 2000

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Sensing the win, some Boilermakers men's basketball fans sang in unison Saturday, chanting something that has probably never been heard before in Mackey Arena. "We want Wetzel! We want...

Lesnar’s loss shifts momentum from U

February 21, 2000

Hawkeyes heavyweight Wes Hand strayed away from trash-talking after his 5-3 upset of the Gophers' big man, top-ranked Brock Lesnar on Sunday. But Minnesota strength coach Tim Hartung -- who was a two-time...

Przybilla-less Gophers lose to Illinois 89-80

February 18, 2000

Joel Przybilla has not officially announced his departure from the Minnesota men's basketball program, but as far as some fans in attendance for the Gophers' 89-80 loss to Illinois Thursday are concerned,...

Przybilla controls length of suspension

February 17, 2000

Joel Przybilla's suspension from the men's basketball team is clearly in his hands. Gophers coach Dan Monson suspended the 7-foot-1 center Tuesday indefinitely. Monson said Wednesday he had not spoken...

Przybilla named Big Ten player of the week

February 15, 2000

Joel Przybilla accepted his second Big Ten player of the week award Monday. But beyond the individual accomplishment, the recognition says something about the play of the Gophers men's basketball team. "When...

Monson says toughest yet to come for Minnesota

February 8, 2000

Unable to beat Wisconsin -- a team that has seen similar struggles this season -- at home on Saturday, the Gophers men's basketball team are definite underdogs heading into Wednesday's matchup with Indiana. Minnesota...

Przybilla keys U’s effort, but Gophers fall short

February 7, 2000

Joel Przybilla makes the Badgers men's basketball team look small. Before Saturday's tipoff, the 7-foot-1 Gophers center looked like a shoo-in to regulate inside. He is, after all, almost a half a foot...

Wisconsin bests injury-plagued Gophers 75-65

February 4, 2000

All season long the Minnesota women's basketball team has struggled to sustain any momentum. The trend continued Thursday. Despite being a high-paced team in the first half, Minnesota (8-13, 1-9 Big Ten)...

Women’s basketball team still searching for second win

February 3, 2000

In search of just its second conference win, the Gophers women's basketball team heads to a place that most Big Ten coaches would warn against such hopes -- the road. Minnesota (8-12, 1-8 Big Ten) plays...

Preparations begin for Big Ten life without Michael Bauer

January 30, 2000

Until the Minnesota men's basketball team tips-off against its next Big Ten foe, Gophers coach Dan Monson said he can't be sure of how the team will perform without forward Michael Bauer. But one thing...

Gophers have chance at middle of Big Ten pack

January 27, 2000

The Minnesota women's basketball team has more to play for than just a win in today's home game against No. 17 Purdue. A win would snap one of the program's long-standing losing streaks. The Gophers (8-10...

Injury-plagued

January 24, 2000

Kim Prince's superstition makes sense. Before each game, the Gophers' first-year center puts a penny in her game shoe. On Sunday, Prince's luck and the fortune of her teammates took a new twist. Minnesota...

Minnesota loses in sloppy 50-44 game

January 21, 2000

Ugly. The Northwestern women's basketball team shot a woeful 30.8 percent from the floor Thursday. Still, host Minnesota found a way to lose. The Gophers (7-10 overall, 1-6 Big Ten) fell 50-44, extending...

Women’s hoops harbors .500 hopes

January 20, 2000

Riding a five-game losing streak, it's a wonder the Minnesota women's basketball team is just two games back of .500. Consistently sloppy play makes it hard to believe Minnesota (7-9 overall, 1-5 Big Ten)...

Gophers hockey splits on road with Alaska

December 6, 1999

Forget that the Minnesota men's hockey team spent the first month of its season playing top-10 teams. Saturday's game at Alaska-Anchorage had more bearing on the season -- at least that's what Gophers...

Minnesota hopes to move up, finish its road trips

December 3, 1999

The Minnesota men's hockey team has become nomadic. Minnesota (5-8-1, 3-4-1 WCHA) returned home from the College Hockey Showcase in Michigan last Sunday only to board a plane Wednesday for its weekend...

Tough WCHA action for this weekend

December 1, 1999

While Minnesota resumes WCHA action at Alaska-Anchorage this weekend, the guns will really be blazing elsewhere. Four of the league's top teams will be engaged in battles against each other this weekend. Third-place...

Tough Meyer makes strides with Gophers

November 30, 1999

Minnesota left winger Doug Meyer proudly rolled up his sleeve to show off his lion tattoo. Unlike the one in "The Wizard of Oz," the hockey player's lion is fierce-looking and gray in color. "It stands...

Men’s hockey earns split on Michigan trip

November 29, 1999

For just the second time this season, Minnesota goaltender Pete Samargia cracked his team's lineup. After sophomore Adam Hauser gave up four goals Saturday, Samargia mopped up, allowing two goals in Minnesota's...

Hockey’s movin’ on up, Lucia defends Dienhart

November 23, 1999

The Minnesota men's hockey team is on the move following a home sweep over Minnesota-Duluth this weekend. Minnesota (4-7-1, 3-4-1 WCHA) defeated the Bulldogs 5-3 Friday and 4-0 Saturday to gain sole position...

Lines gel for Gophers in Duluth sweep

November 22, 1999

As the Minnesota men's hockey team raised its sticks to a home crowd Saturday, Gophers coach Don Lucia breathed a sigh of relief. His team's sweep over the Bulldogs -- a 5-3 win Friday followed by a 4-0...

Bulldogs and Gophers set to renew rivalry

November 19, 1999

Past numbers indicate that this weekend's men's hockey games will be less about finesse and more about brutality when Minnesota hosts WCHA opponent Minnesota-Duluth. In their last seven series matchups,...

Badgers off to best WCHA start since ’89

November 17, 1999

As talk of Badgers running back Ron Dayne breaking the NCAA rushing record consumed many at Wisconsin, the school's men's hockey team quietly slipped into first place of the WCHA. The Badgers are off to...

Badgers get past Gophers with pair of late goals

November 15, 1999

Minnesota goaltender Adam Hauser skated directly for the lopsided, red "W" painted at center ice of the Kohl Center following Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to the Badgers on Saturday. He stood statuelike...

Upstart freshmen set for cross-state series

November 12, 1999

A measuring stick weekend lies ahead for Minnesota men's hockey player Jeff Taffe. Given runner-up honors in the WCHA's preseason vote for rookie of the year, Taffe faces off against preseason favorite...

Lucia’s homecoming has mixed emotions

November 9, 1999

Coach Don Lucia's return trip to Colorado College on Friday was unforgettable. Besides defeating Minnesota's men's hockey team 3-0, the Tigers greeted their former coach with a Lucia look-alike contest. Six...

Hockey earns stern words, series split

November 8, 1999

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- With the exception of Erik Westrum's skates, a stillness fell over Minnesota's men's hockey team Saturday as it stood listening to the national anthem. The senior's fidgety feet...

Miller looks to be leader for Gophers

November 8, 1999

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A rosy-cheeked Nate Miller was no doubt thrilled by his performance against Colorado College on Saturday. Sporting maroon breezers and a gray T-shirt, the Gophers winger rushed...

Boston College first line powers wins

November 3, 1999

The Boston College men's hockey team entered its series at Minnesota last weekend behind one of the nation's highest-powered first lines. The Eagles' (4-1-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East) one-two-three punch of senior...

Minnesota not satisfied with weekend split

November 1, 1999

It's just three weeks into it's season and the Gophers men's hockey team has developed a pattern: It's a high-energy team in the opener of each series and return for the closer in mediocre fashion. This...

Gophers hockey finally get a win

November 1, 1999

From behind a closed locker-room door, it was obvious the Gophers men's hockey team had a postgame bash on Friday. Booming music shook the tunnel outside of Mariucci Arena's home locker room for the first...

Minnesota faces tough opponent for first wins

October 29, 1999

By all logic, the Gophers men's hockey team is going to be manhandled this weekend. Minnesota (0-3-1 overall, 0-1-1 WCHA) hosts top-ranked Boston College (3-0-0, 2-0-0 Hockey East), a team that has outscored...

Minnesota’s Mills grows out of old rink

October 28, 1999

Robert Mills can't remember the last winter his Duluth home was without a hockey rink -- complete with boards and lights -- in its backyard. When the weather turned cold enough to drop the puck, Gophers...

Hauser nabs defensive player of the week award

October 27, 1999

Minnesota goaltender Adam Hauser was honored by the WCHA on Tuesday for his play against North Dakota over the weekend -- he was named defensive player of the week. The goalie, from Bovey, Minn., stopped...

Gophers hockey still without a win

October 25, 1999

Gophers freshman winger Dan Welch was the last to join his teammates in the hand-shake line following Saturday's game at Mariucci Arena. Hunched over with his elbows resting on the boards, Welch lingered...

Rookie no more, Hauser paces U

October 25, 1999

Gophers goaltender Adam Hauser spent Minnesota's first home series saving shot after shot. But it just wasn't good enough. He recorded a career-high 44 saves Friday against North Dakota and returned Saturday...

Gophers set to open home era with Lucia

October 22, 1999

The men's hockey season is young, but the Gophers have already shown signs that they're an improved squad. In their opener at Maine last weekend, the Gophers showed that, under the direction of new coach...

Gophers and Bears clouded by arena’s fog

October 19, 1999

A first-class arena doesn't always go with national championship territory. At least that's the case for the Maine men's hockey team. In a season-opening, two-game series against the Bears (2-0-0 overall),...

Westrum surges to fill offensive void

October 18, 1999

ORONO, Maine -- Down 5-4 with little more than 1:30 remaining in Minnesota's men's hockey game against Maine on Sunday, Gophers center Erik Westrum took a backhand shot at Bears goaltender Mike Morrision. The...

Minnesota shows effort but drops to Maine

October 18, 1999

ORONO, Maine -- There's no doubt about it, there was a different Minnesota men's hockey team on the ice against Maine this weekend. In the past, the Gophers were criticized for a lack of intensity when...

Men’s hockey faces Maine to open year

October 15, 1999

First-year Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia woke up in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Just days away from the season opener at Maine on Saturday, Lucia had something important on his mind:...

Lucia heads back for CC hockey series

October 5, 1999

Four years ago, Toby Petersen was one of Minnesota's top high-school prospects. Faced with the advice of several college coaches to buy into their program, the Bloomington product bought stock in Colorado...

Lucia begins first hockey practices

October 4, 1999

Minnesota's men's hockey team entered the Lucia-era with its first three practices of the season over the weekend. But even after a marathon of drills, the only certain thing is that the Gophers season...

U.S. golfers, fans need Ryder etiquette lessons

September 29, 1999

Most Americans will remember this year's Ryder Cup team as heroes who made a valiant charge. But not me. As much as I would like to relish in the victory of the red, white and blue, the fans' ugly display...

Kicking is family pasttime for Nystroms

September 23, 1999

Cooper High School placekicker Mary Nystrom is literally following in the footsteps of her older brother Dan. Dan, now a true freshman with the Minnesota football team, was the Hawks' two-time all-state...

Club soccer team hopes for varsity status

September 21, 1999

As Paul Krumrich huddled at midfield Monday to listen to the words of coach Alan Merrick, he blended in with the others on the Minnesota men's club soccer team. But unlike his teammates, Krumrich has a...

Soccer drops two games in shaky weekend

September 13, 1999

The Gophers soccer team wouldn't be described as a second half scoring machine. They're not even close. No. 22 Minnesota (2-3) is still searching for its first second-half goal this season after two nonconference...

Title IX hyporcritical, needs to be revamped, or forgotten

September 8, 1999

I am a woman. And I love sports. So what I am about to say next might throw some for a loop. I can't stand Title IX, the long-standing regulation that, in part, requires equality in men's and women's athletics...

U golfers make cut at NCAA tourney

June 4, 1999

CHASKA, Minn -- The Gophers men's golf team knows Hazeltine National Golf Club better than anyone. But shin-high rough and bathtub-slick greens have a way of negating any home course advantage. Minnesota...

Ohio St. moves on to NCAA super-regional

June 2, 1999

Three Big Ten baseball programs entered last weekend in contention for a trip to the College World Series. Only Ohio State is still alive. Both Minnesota (46-18) and Michigan were ousted in the championship...

Ugly loss leaves bad taste in mouth

June 1, 1999

WACO, Texas -- Gophers baseball coach John Anderson was initially excited to make the trip to Texas for the NCAA regionals because it was a place where Minnesota had no past. But after a double-digit loss...