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Rain pouring down, running back Mohamed Ibrahim looks toward the sideline during the Minnesota football game against Ohio State University, Thursday, Sept. 2. The Gophers lost to the Buckeyes, 45-31.

Gophers football faces challenge of replacing star running back Mohamed Ibrahim

September 11, 2021
The Gophers will need all hands on deck to replace redshirt-senior running back Mohamed Ibrahim.
Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0.

BREAKING: Gable Steveson signs deal with WWE and returns to Gophers wrestling

September 9, 2021
As Steveson looks to defend his NCAA title, he will become the first collegiate wrestler to sign an NIL deal with WWE.
Rain pouring down, running back Mohamed Ibrahim looks toward the sideline during the Minnesota football game against Ohio State University, Thursday, Sept. 2. The Gophers lost to the Buckeyes, 45-31.

BREAKING: Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim to undergo season-ending surgery

September 6, 2021
Mohamed Ibrahim’s 2021 season is expected to come to an end after suffering a lower-leg injury against Ohio State.
Head coach P.J. Fleck talks to the team on April 13, 2019 in the indoor football practice facility in Athlete's Village.

Gophers football faces a tall task of slowing down Ohio State’s talented wide receivers

September 1, 2021
The Buckeyes’ wide receiver room headlined by Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson has the potential to be historically good.
Gophers forward Eric Curry challenges a defender at Williams Arena on Dec. 10, 2020. The Gophers went on to defeat the Kansas City Roos 90-61.

Eric Curry announces return to Gophers men’s basketball for sixth season

July 7, 2021
The veteran big man has accepted the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA.
Junior Amir Coffey dribbles the ball across the court on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Gophers lost to Michigan 69-60.

Parker Fox plans to continue to prove doubters wrong with Gophers men’s basketball

June 28, 2021
Even after suffering a knee injury, new Minnesota transfer Parker Fox’s plans have not changed.
The Gophers huddle to celebrate defeating Oral Roberts three sets to none at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

Stephanie Samedy and Airi Miyabe set to return for extra season with Gophers volleyball

June 23, 2021
Minnesota volleyball will have a pair of major contributing seniors returning for another season.
Courtesy of Gopher Athletics

Former Gophers standout Erin Chastain set to become women’s soccer head coach

June 22, 2021
Chastain is set to become the fifth head coach in Minnesota’s program history after a storied playing career at the school.
Men's head basketball coach Ben Johnson.

Abdoulaye Thiam ready to bring a show to Gophers men’s basketball

June 8, 2021

After one season at Indian River State College (IRSC), 6-foot-3-inch guard Abdoulaye Thiam took to Twitter to announce his intentions to transfer to the University of Minnesota late last month. Thiam,...

Gopher Batter Jack Wassel follows through his swing in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Minnesota baseball’s losing skid grows to 13 games after fourth consecutive series sweep

May 6, 2021
The Gophers’ disastrous start to the 2021 campaign continued against Maryland last weekend.
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Minnesota women’s basketball assistant coach Danielle O’Banion set to become head coach at Loyola Maryland

April 24, 2021
After eight combined seasons between two different stints, Gophers assistant coach Danielle O’Banion has accepted a head coach position at Loyola Maryland.
Gophers infielder Jack Wassel watches the ball after a hit at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Jack Wassel leads Gophers baseball through slow start in 2021

April 20, 2021
Redshirt senior Jack Wassel realizes baseball always presents new challenges amid what could be his final season with the Gophers.
University of Minnesota Gopher pitcher Tom Skoro watches his throw meet the batter in
 U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Gophers baseball’s struggles continue against No. 25 Michigan

April 19, 2021
Minnesota continues to have trouble finding consistent production from the mound or the plate, extending its losing skid to seven.
Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher women's basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Gophers women’s basketball adds Bailey Helgren as graduate transfer

April 18, 2021
Former Kansas post player and Edina native Bailey Helgren will be playing for Minnesota next season, the school announced Saturday.
Guard Gadiva Hubbard reaches to grab the ball during the game against Arizona State at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. The Gophers defeated the Sun Devils 80-66.

Gophers women’s basketball’s Hubbard, Bagwell-Katalinich back for additional season

April 14, 2021
Following Gadiva Hubbard and Laura Bagwell-Katalinich’s decision to utilize their extra season of eligibility, the Gophers will now return their entire roster from a season ago.
Senior associate head swimming coach Terry Ganley

Longtime coach Terry Ganley calls it a career after historic tenure with Gophers swimming and diving

April 14, 2021
After Sarah Bacon and Max McHugh both took home national titles, Ganley retired from her position as men's and women's senior associate head coach.
Fourth-year Jackson Allen returns the ball on Friday, March 22, 2020 at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Gophers men’s tennis is cherishing every moment of final season

April 3, 2021
Minnesota men’s tennis has caught fire during the program’s final season, winning five of its last seven team matches.
Gophers Infielder Zack Raabe makes a catch at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The Gophers fell to Duke 3-7.

Zack Raabe, a spark-plug at the plate for Gophers baseball

March 26, 2021
Preseason second-team All-American second baseman Zack Raabe has lived up to expectations to begin his junior campaign.
Gopher Batter Jack Wassel follows through his swing in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 7. The Gophers lost to Indiana, 8-1.

Gophers baseball completes up and down series against Northwestern

March 23, 2021
Inconsistent hitting was too much for Minnesota to overcome, as a 1-2 series puts the team at 3-8 for the season.
Gophers center Klarke Sconiers fights for a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball’s offense stalls without top three scorers in Big Ten Tournament

March 11, 2021
No Jasmine Powell, Sara Scalia or Kadi Sissoko put Minnesota in a hole that almost any team couldn’t pull itself out of.
Infielder Jack Wassel watches his hit at Siebert Field on Friday, March 29, 2019. 

Gophers baseball’s offense struggles on opening weekend

March 9, 2021
Minnesota only finished with 17 runs in its first four games of the season, 13 of which all came in one game against Rutgers Sunday.
A gopher baseball player sits on the bench on April 14, 2019 at Siebert Field.

Gophers baseball set to begin season like no other

March 4, 2021
Minnesota’s longtime head coach John Anderson is about to begin his 40th season leading the Gophers baseball team.
Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Tough defense leads Gophers women’s basketball over Nebraska

February 26, 2021
A season-low 63 points allowed helped Minnesota knock off a red-hot Nebraska team.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

No. 9 Maryland overwhelms shorthanded Gophers women’s basketball

February 20, 2021
The nation’s highest-scoring offense topped its season average in a dominant showing to take down the Gophers.
Gophers center Klarke Sconiers fights for a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Rutgers’ stifling defense too much for Gophers women’s basketball

February 18, 2021
A truly dominant performance from Rutgers’ talented trio of Diamond Johnson, Arella Guirantes and Tekia Mack was too much for Minnesota to handle.
The Gophers Women's Basketball Team plays their second consecutive Play4Kay game with pink uniforms in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 14.  The Gophers beat the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63.

Gophers women’s basketball completes season sweep of Wisconsin

February 15, 2021
Minnesota came out on top of a hard-fought game that saw 32 total fouls and 34 total turnovers.
Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Gophers women’s basketball limps to finish line over Illinois

February 11, 2021
Twenty points in the second half from Sara Scalia helped Minnesota overcome a disappointing play in the latter period.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Iowa’s fast-paced offense too much for Gophers women’s basketball to overcome

January 31, 2021
The Hawkeyes put on a dominant passing display, recording an assist on 77% of their made field goals.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball survives late comeback in third consecutive win

January 28, 2021
A career-high 30 points from Sara Scalia helped Minnesota notch its third consecutive victory.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s baskeball starts to find rhythm with win over Penn State

January 25, 2021
An all-around performance from the Gophers resulted in their second consecutive Big Ten victory.
Gophers center Klarke Sconiers fights for a pass at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball picks up second Big Ten road win at Nebraska

January 19, 2021
Gadiva Hubbard’s 12-point fourth quarter is what ultimately gave Minnesota its second Big Ten win of the season.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

No. 9 Maryland’s hot shooting too much for Gophers to handle

January 14, 2021
The Terrapins' unrelenting offense led to 11-for-25 shooting behind the three point line.
Coach Lindsay Whalen prepares to blow the whistle during Gopher women's basketball's annual exhibition versus the men's scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Williams Arena.

Four star freshman Katie Borowicz set to join Gophers’ women’s basketball early

January 2, 2021
The struggling Gophers will have Borowicz as reinforcement as soon as Sunday.
Williams Arena as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Mershon eligible to join Gophers for rest of 2020-21 season

December 22, 2020
Nebraska-transfer Kayla Mershon is set to join Gophers, after being ruled eligible Tuesday.
Gophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68.

Gophers women’s basketball struggles against No. 16 Northwestern

December 15, 2020
Minnesota faced the same issues in its third consecutive loss.
Guard Sara Scalia drives towards the hoop at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Gophers were defeated by Wisconsin 72-62.

Minnesota can’t overcome mistakes against Michigan State

December 10, 2020
Twenty-three total turnovers led to an 81-68 Gophers defeat.
Gophers Forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

Women’s basketball face roster uncertainty ahead of season opener

November 30, 2020
Gophers women’s basketball will be missing multiple student-athletes for its season-opening game against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday.
Gophers Forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

Borowicz, Czinano and Micheaux add to women’s basketball’s 2021 class

November 12, 2020
Head coach Lindsay Whalen continues to build the Gophers program, adding top recruits, including four-star Alanna Micheaux.
Junior Shane Wiskus performs on the rings during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Board of Regents votes to eliminate three men’s sports

October 9, 2020
On Friday, the Board of Regents voted to move forward with the athletics department’s proposal to eliminate men’s indoor track, gymnastics and tennis. The three programs will be discontinued after the 2020-21 school year.
Wide receiver Rashod Bateman fights to hang on to the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers bested the Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 to remain undefeated.

Rashod Bateman wants to play in 2020

September 18, 2020
Bateman may need clearance from the NCAA to return, but a reinstatement process could be another way for him to play for the Gophers again.
Freshman Gable Steveson at 197 competes during the match against South Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers’ Gable Steveson set to compete in Beat the Streets

September 17, 2020
The junior heavyweight is reportedly weighing around 260 pounds before he is set to wrestle Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger, an opponent who Steveson holds a 3-0 all-time record against.