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Amelia Rayno

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Wasted chances hurt Gophers in sold-out season opener

Wasted chances hurt Gophers in sold-out season opener

“There are definitely plays we’d like to have back, but we are going to keep moving forward and keep getting better," quarterback Mitch Leidner vowed.
U's Norwood Teague quits after groping women, sending graphic texts

U's Norwood Teague quits after groping women, sending graphic texts

University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague resigned Friday amid revelations that he sexually harassed two female university employees — inappropriately touching both at a university-sponsored event, and sending a slew of graphic texts to one.
Star Tribune's Rayno adds own story to Teague scandal

Star Tribune's Rayno adds own story to Teague scandal

When former University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague abruptly resigned on Friday amid sexual harassment complaints, some wondered if other shiver-inducing tales would emerge. I knew of one more: mine.
U athletic chief quits after admitting he harassed 2 women

U athletic chief quits after admitting he harassed 2 women

Drunken advances lead to downfall at a critical time for U sports
Gophers will play tourists as well as some basketball

Gophers will play tourists as well as some basketball

Coach Richard Pitino hopes the 10-day trip to Spain will foster closeness.
Girls' basketball coach Johnson Patterson takes job at Eden Prairie

Girls' basketball coach Johnson Patterson takes job at Eden Prairie

The highly successful coach has led teams to eight state titles at DeLaSalle and Minneapolis North.
Amir Coffey learns from, grows past his father

Amir Coffey learns from, grows past his father

Amir Coffey gets his drive from his father, a former Gophers forward, but has honed a style all his own as he continues his development into one of the nation's top high school basketball players.
Kaler, Teague tout Gophers' progress on academics, fundraising, equity

Kaler, Teague tout Gophers' progress on academics, fundraising, equity

Athletic director Norwood Teague used his annual report to the regents to showcase the academic success and update the group on fundraising and the department’s gender-equity efforts.
Johnson 'in shock' by U's decision not to let him play

Johnson 'in shock' by U's decision not to let him play

The DeLaSalle star's father said there was no indication of a problem with his son playing until a meeting last week: “We felt a little misguided in the way the recruitment went, and then the sudden decision."
Gophers basketball recruit Johnson not medically cleared to play

Gophers basketball recruit Johnson not medically cleared to play

Former DeLaSalle star Jarvis Johnson will not be medically cleared to play basketball this season, and there is “no timetable” for determining whether he'll ever play for the U.
Two years later, U's review of gender equity in sports still incomplete

Two years later, U's review of gender equity in sports still incomplete

Chris Werle, senior associate athletic director for strategic communications, said: “I don’t know that there is ever going to be any findings.”
Feds weigh allegations of gender inequity in Gophers sports

Feds weigh allegations of gender inequity in Gophers sports

Critics claim that the U’s president and athletic director are focusing on men’s sports at the expense of equal opportunity.
Unsuspecting athletes turn into varsity U rowers

Unsuspecting athletes turn into varsity U rowers

Most of Minnesota’s rowers are walk-ons, often unfamiliar with the sport until a persistent staff woos them. “We’re looking for misplaced athletes,” said coach Wendy Davis.
Minneapolis will bid for 2020 college football championship

Minneapolis will bid for 2020 college football championship

New Vikings stadium could be the site of College Football Playoff title game in 2020.
Pomeday promoted to Pitino's staff of assistants

Pomeday promoted to Pitino's staff of assistants

Nate Pomeday has been promoted to assistant men’s basketball coach under Richard Pitino, taking over the spot vacated when Dan McHale left Minnesota for the…
Pitino Q&A: 'I think we've got to get a lot tougher'

Pitino Q&A: 'I think we've got to get a lot tougher'

Richard Pitino said in an interview with the Star Tribune this week that he is disappointmented in the lack of mental toughness evident in his team’s nine losses by one or two possessions.
Pitino excited to work with his young Gophers team

Pitino excited to work with his young Gophers team

As the college basketball season wrapped up in Indianapolis, Gophers coach Richard Pitino was down in sunny Miami, taking a couple of days of long-awaited…
Down year? Big Ten thrives with two teams in Final Four

Down year? Big Ten thrives with two teams in Final Four

After what looked like a down season for Big Ten men's basketball, it has two teams, Michigan State and Wisconsin, on the biggest stage.
Big Ten food fight: Best culinary scenes in the conference

Big Ten food fight: Best culinary scenes in the conference

Even before the Big Ten Tournament unfolds, we've named a champion — of dining. College basketball reporter Amelia Rayno ranks the 14 conference cities based on culinary chops.
Sources: Alabama expresses interest in Pitino

Sources: Alabama expresses interest in Pitino

The University of Alabama has expressed interest in Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Star Tribune.
More like Same Sixteen: Where did NCAA madness go?

More like Same Sixteen: Where did NCAA madness go?

Underdog stories in the NCAA tournament were short-lived during the first weekend, leaving mostly familiar names advancing.
Father Pitino to son: Get some more talent

Father Pitino to son: Get some more talent

Gophers lacked all-conference-caliber players, Dad says, which teams need to make NCAAs.
Lanky, goofy kid Kaminsky is now Wisconsin's force

Lanky, goofy kid Kaminsky is now Wisconsin's force

Frank Kaminsky, the reluctant star, and top-seeded Wisconsin start their NCAA tournament march Friday in Omaha.
Apple Valley's Jones — and some 'butterflies' — reach the big stage

Apple Valley's Jones — and some 'butterflies' — reach the big stage

Tyus Jones, in his heralded freshman season, has helped lead Duke to an NCAA tournament No. 1 seed and the Blue Devils have as good a chance as anyone to upset favorite Kentucky.
A fresh approach: First-year Big Ten guards stand out

A fresh approach: First-year Big Ten guards stand out

The Big Ten has steadily developed elite guards and fed them into the NBA draft. A trio of Big Ten freshman guards could rock the NCAA tournament beginning Thursday.
Rayno: Love underdogs in the NCAA tournament? This could be your year

Rayno: Love underdogs in the NCAA tournament? This could be your year

Take a look at these seven double-digit seeds that could bust a bracket or two.
Gophers men miss postseason for first time since 2011

Gophers men miss postseason for first time since 2011

Minnesota’s NCAA fate was determined in recent days, after the Gophers failed to capitalize on two big chances vs. Wisconsin and more in the league tournament last week.
Gophers, out of NCAA running, have mixed feelings about NIT

Gophers, out of NCAA running, have mixed feelings about NIT

Gophers seniors hungry to play in NCAA have mixed feelings about second-tier tourney.
King leads Gophers past Rutgers; next comes the hard part

King leads Gophers past Rutgers; next comes the hard part

The Gophers did away with lowly Rutgers on the first day of the Big Ten tournament — that’s one down, plenty to go.
Gophers' last gasp to dance: Run the table at Big Ten tournament

Gophers' last gasp to dance: Run the table at Big Ten tournament

Barring a wild five-game Big Ten streak, the Gophers will fall short of expectations in Richard Pitino’s second year.
Is Big Ten tournament a walk in the park for Wisconsin?

Is Big Ten tournament a walk in the park for Wisconsin?

The conference’s best team doesn’t always translate to its tournament champion, but there aren’t many teams in the country playing as well as the Badgers are right now.
Big Ten culinary scenes, ranked

Big Ten culinary scenes, ranked

Even before the Big Ten Tournament unfolds, we've named a champion — of dining.
Three-pointer at buzzer sends Penn State past Gophers

Three-pointer at buzzer sends Penn State past Gophers

A Nittany Lions buzzer-beater jolted the Gophers on senior day.
For Gophers seniors, high expectation not met this year

For Gophers seniors, high expectation not met this year

The experience of winning last season’s NIT set up optimism, but it didn’t carry over for key veterans.
Wisconsin leaves Gophers seeing red after winning title outright

Wisconsin leaves Gophers seeing red after winning title outright

Wisconsin took it to the Gophers early Thursday night, then held on from there. The win sewed up an outright Big Ten championship.
Pitino's Gophers no longer settling for being close

Pitino's Gophers no longer settling for being close

In 16 Big Ten games, the Gophers have played a contest decided by six points or fewer 10 times. Lately, they are starting to win those games.
Jarvis Johnson's story: Life, death and basketball

Jarvis Johnson's story: Life, death and basketball

Jarvis Johnson drives toward his dream, with a defibrillator in his chest and against doctors’ advice, of a fourth state championship and a maroon and gold jersey.
Free throws give Gophers first win in 18 years at Michigan State

Free throws give Gophers first win in 18 years at Michigan State

The Gophers rallied from a late six-point deficit, got to the line 20 times in overtime and fought off a tough and physical Michigan State team.
Gophers redistribute minutes as end of season nears

Gophers redistribute minutes as end of season nears

Developing younger players might be more of a priority as the Gophers’ season winds down.
Gophers remove frustrated Mathieu from starting lineup

Gophers remove frustrated Mathieu from starting lineup

Richard Pitino said he “wasn’t crazy about” the senior guard’s attitude.
Another freshman orientation in Gophers' loss to Badgers

Another freshman orientation in Gophers' loss to Badgers

The Gophers had their chances, but in the end they fumbled the game away, losing 63-53 in Madison.
Gophers find themselves on NIT bubble with Badgers up next

Gophers find themselves on NIT bubble with Badgers up next

With a lack of quality victories, the Gophers might not get a chance to defend their title.
Poor defense again haunts Gophers in loss to Northwestern

Poor defense again haunts Gophers in loss to Northwestern

Six three-point-happy Northwestern players finished with nine points or more at Williams Arena, led by freshman guard Bryant McIntosh’s 17 points.
Gophers' three-point defense will be stretched further

Gophers' three-point defense will be stretched further

Guarding the three is the Gophers’ weak spot, and their next several opponents shoot ’em well.
Gophers' three-game winning streak ends with a thud

Gophers' three-game winning streak ends with a thud

Indiana hit a program-record 18 three-pointers in shooting down the Gophers.
Gophers have different vibe, exact same record

Gophers have different vibe, exact same record

Marks of 16-9 and 5-7 put Gophers right where they were a season ago — but headed in right direction.
College Basketball Insider: Hoosiers are back from the Big Ten brink

College Basketball Insider: Hoosiers are back from the Big Ten brink

Indiana was a mess three months ago. Now, it looks tourney-bound.
Gophers hang on to beat Iowa for rare road win

Gophers hang on to beat Iowa for rare road win

Mo Walker’s late steal and clutch free throws secured the Gophers' first victory in Iowa City since 2011.
Gophers discover size matters in Big Ten basketball

Gophers discover size matters in Big Ten basketball

The undersized Gophers need a victory against Iowa, one of the nation’s biggest teams.
Defense the difference again as Gophers hold off Purdue

Defense the difference again as Gophers hold off Purdue

A huge run to open the second half melted away, but the Gophers were able to come through for a 62-58 victory over sloppy Purdue at Williams Arena.
Freshman guard Mason arrived at U ready right away

Freshman guard Mason arrived at U ready right away

Gophers guard Nate Mason has gone from an unheralded recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best freshmen.
Gophers pull away from Nebraska in second half

Gophers pull away from Nebraska in second half

An active and effective zone defense against Nebraska helped the Gophers to a needed victory at Williams Arena.
Playing 'scared' is source of Gophers' basketball slump

Playing 'scared' is source of Gophers' basketball slump

Richard Pitino has banned Twitter and is considering other steps to get his team thinking straight again.
Pitino: Gophers played 'sloppy, sloppy offensive basketball' in loss

Pitino: Gophers played 'sloppy, sloppy offensive basketball' in loss

The Gophers turned the ball over three times in the last 47 seconds and Joey King’s shot attempt with four seconds left was blocked
Walker gets meaner, and that's good news for Gophers

Walker gets meaner, and that's good news for Gophers

With defenses zeroing in on him as he’s continued to improve, Mo Walker will need to continue to be creative and let his mean side show for the Gophers to succeed.
U of M retires Randy Breuer's jersey

U of M retires Randy Breuer's jersey

Randy Breuer's jersey now hangs in Williams Arena, the No. 45 unveiled Saturday between banners honoring Kevin McHale (No. 44) and Jim Brewer (No. 52).
No letdown this time as Gophers fend off Illinois at the Barn

No letdown this time as Gophers fend off Illinois at the Barn

Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Nate Mason hit clutch free throws late for the Gophers, who won their second straight Big Ten home game.
Pitino, Gophers players battle through extended slumps

Pitino, Gophers players battle through extended slumps

The struggles have been brand new this season, not just for most of the Gophers' men's basketball players but for coach Richard Pitino as well.
McNeil no longer with Gophers basketball team

McNeil no longer with Gophers basketball team

The sophomore guard had been suspended since an assault arrest.
Not hitting free throws proves costly for Gophers

Not hitting free throws proves costly for Gophers

Minnesota missed more (10) than it made (9) from the free-throw line while losing by three points at Nebraska. The Gophers rank 13th of 14 Big Ten teams at the line this season.
Gophers lose again as they miss tying 3-pointers in last seconds

Gophers lose again as they miss tying 3-pointers in last seconds

Mistakes and missed shots were too much to overcome at Nebraska as the Gophers dropped to 1-6 in the Big Ten.
Cornhuskers rally is a reason for Gophers to hope

Cornhuskers rally is a reason for Gophers to hope

The Gophers can take heart from Nebraska’s run to NCAA tournament last year after a poor start ion the Big Ten.
Welcome back, Dre: Hollins' 31 powers U past Rutgers

Welcome back, Dre: Hollins' 31 powers U past Rutgers

The Gophers finally secured their first Big Ten victory of the season after five frustrating losses.
Gophers have taken several routes to 0-5 start to Big Ten play

Gophers have taken several routes to 0-5 start to Big Ten play

The Gophers have found there’s more than one way to skin optimism.
College Basketball Insider: Huskers could turn it around again

College Basketball Insider: Huskers could turn it around again

Nebraska started slow last season, too, and another turnaround is possible.
Last-second shot a bit late as Gophers lose again

Last-second shot a bit late as Gophers lose again

DeAndre Mathieu’s would-be tying layup came after the buzzer against Iowa, sending the Gophers to 0-5 in the Big Ten.
Frustrated Gophers coach Pitino planning lineup changes

Frustrated Gophers coach Pitino planning lineup changes

Richard Pitino admits he doesn’t have the answers, but he is making changes in his search for them. The frustrated coach plans to shake up the starting lineup — perhaps significantly.
Gophers throw away game, fall to 0-4 in Big Ten

Gophers throw away game, fall to 0-4 in Big Ten

After the Gophers glared up at the wrong end of the score for the fourth time in a row, a clearly agitated Richard Pitino wouldn’t share his postgame message
Hollins at the heart of Gophers' 0-3 start

Hollins at the heart of Gophers' 0-3 start

Senior scorer Andre Hollins hasn’t been doing that, but the Gophers expect a rebound as they hit another stretch of Big Ten games.
Gophers face cold, hard facts of starting Big Ten 0-3

Gophers face cold, hard facts of starting Big Ten 0-3

A season after missing the NCAA tournament with an 8-10 Big Ten record, the Gophers are off to an 0-3 start, a mark no Gophers team has ever rebounded from to make the tourney.
Gophers' 'blackout' turns blue with OT loss to Ohio State

Gophers' 'blackout' turns blue with OT loss to Ohio State

Down 12 at halftime in its Big Ten home opener, Minnesota charged back against Ohio State but fell in overtime to the Buckeyes.
Mysterious Gophers out to solve Ohio State

Mysterious Gophers out to solve Ohio State

Our first look at the Gophers men’s basketball team in the season’s second round — the Big Ten schedule — has not been a pretty one.
Gophers fall to 0-2 in the Big Ten with loss at Maryland

Gophers fall to 0-2 in the Big Ten with loss at Maryland

No. 12 Terrapins deal a few more road bruises to Gophers
Walker gives U spark in first half, then Terps adjust

Walker gives U spark in first half, then Terps adjust

Maryland played the Gophers center tougher in the second half.
College Basketball Insider: Maryland off to scary-good start

College Basketball Insider: Maryland off to scary-good start

The Big Ten newcomer has thrived despite transfers and injuries.
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