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Eager to forget last season, Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has a roster that offers challenges and opportunities.
Reacting to a recent report that he had been offered a two-year contract extension, Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia said no deal has been finalized.
Gophers freshman Michael Hurt wants to be part of the turnaround in Minnesota's basketball program. Younger brother Matthew had his first scholarship offer in eighth grade.
For decades, Icelandic soccer, in one of Europe's smallest football nations, struggled to compete with the sports' blue bloods. This summer has been a different story.
The reserve forward tied a career high with 21 points in a 91-68 rout of San Antonio on Saturday.
Foes have made 46.2 percent of their threes in the team's three losses.
A 15-point lead in the fourth quarter wasn't enough, and Maya Moore's three-pointer at the OT buzzer hit the rim as the Lynx lost for the third straight game after starting 13-0.
The lawyer for wrestling coach J Robinson calls Xanax dealing 'ticky-tack violations,' and says Robinson told U of M police, 'Listen, I'm not going to work with you.'
Coach Marlene Stollings' third season at Minnesota's helm will feature a trip to South Carolina, which finished the year at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and home games against four Sweet Sixteen participants.
The anticipated measure, presented to the committee by university President Eric Kaler, wraps up a three-month discussion about whether such approval should be returned to the board.
Most of Richard Pitino's message to fans on the Gopher Road Trip on Wednesday focused on lessons drawn from the past and optimism for the future.
New athletic director Mark Coyle placed wrestling coach J Robinson on paid leave during the school's investigation into his team's alleged drug abuse.
On his first official day on the job, fans in Hutchinson greeted new Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle with concerns and optimism. "It's really tough staying loyal," one fan said.
With freshman forward Eric Curry, now-eligible transfer forward Davonte Fitzgerald and graduate transfer wing Akeem Springs joining the team, Buggs was not expected play a major role for Minnesota.
The drug abuse controversy that started one week ago within the University of Minnesota wrestling team escalated again Tuesday.
Allegations of drug abuse by wrestlers add to the new Gophers AD's long to-do list.
J Robinson, the longtime, title-winning Gophers wrestling coach, is under investigation in a drug case involving members of his team.
Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson offered "amnesty" to any athlete who cooperated and declined to provide information to police, a wrestler says.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota, according to an internal university audit obtained by the Star Tribune.
Gophers center still could be charged at a later date in alleged rape case.
The Gophers center remained in jail a day after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a university residence hall.
Reggie Lynch, who played basketball for Edina High School, transferred into the program from Illinois State a year ago. Lynch has not been charged but is being held without bail.
Both will visit Williams Arena in 2016-17 season.
Richard Pitino's team earned by far the lowest academic score of all Gophers sports. If a program's four-year average score dips too low, postseason bans or a loss of scholarships could be assessed.
Dwayne Springs said he and his son were told Akeem would have the chance to compete for a starting spot, a major factor in his commitment to Richard Pitino's team.
The transfer of Kevin Dorsey's gives the Gophers another scholarship to use as early as next season, if they wish.
Kris Jenkins' pull-up three-pointer wins it for Villanova, countering the heroics of North Carolina's Marcus Paige only seconds before.
Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended after reports surfaced of a sex video appearing on a social media account belonging to Dorsey.
The question irritates him; his players say he's having too much fun to quit.
Tar Heels and Wildcats, big winners in semis, will employ clashing styles and lineups in bid for title.
After missing their first 12 three-point shots, the Tar Heels made four of their last five to eliminate the Orange.
Wildcats shoot 71.4 percent on their way to Final Four record rout of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's hot-shooting Buddy Hield is finally getting his Final Four spotlight moment. The Sooners play Villanova in Saturday night's Final Four semifinals.
As the Final Four approaches, there is the sense that the squad that downed Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed, could be sneaking up on people. Villanova an underdog? Hey, it's been a strange year.
Gophers guards Nate Mason, Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer were suspended for this season's final four games. All will be permitted back to the team next season.
The casualties added up vs. Kentucky, but Indiana reached the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 second-round victory in Des Moines.
Indiana makes Sweet 16 despite casualties in marquee matchup.
Indiana and Kentucky ended a heated series four years ago. It bubbles back up Saturday in Des Moines during the NCAA tournament second round.
Des Moines officials said this week that an additional 25,000 people were expected in the city for games including college basketball powers Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and UConn.
College basketball writer Amelia Rayno writes: "The No. 1 seeds aren't that untouchable and the No. 12, 13 and 14 seeds aren't that far behind. This is the year to do something crazy like..."
Michigan State stayed alive for Sunday's final against Purdue and held on to its perch as the league's best chance to make waves in the NCAA tournament, which begins Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated wrote Wednesday that since 2010 each of the 11 NCAA basketball programs that had booked tours with Promosport & Tours — a company on Gran Canaria, a tiny Spanish island — also had signed at least one player who competed at Canarias Basketball Academy, an elite basketball program on the island.
The most tumultuous Gophers basketball season in recent memory ended with a 33-point loss to Illinois and the fewest victories in a season since 1968.
Out of necessity, freshman walk-on Stephon Sharp has filled a big hole in the backcourt for a Gophers team that has dealt with setback after setback.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino delivered his strongest hint yet that the punishments for three suspended guards might not be final, when he…
Support for Richard Pitino in some high places in and around the university has not greatly eroded even though the Gophers basketball team's woes.
It's been a trying season on and off the court for the Gophers but Joey King has reflected on the big picture — three years of opportunity he never thought he'd get.
"I would be lying if I said that I wasn't concerned about some of this stuff, and some of the things that have happened over there this year," said Richard Coffey.
Minnesota has dropped two in a row after snapping a historically bad 14-game losing streak with back-to-back wins for their first league victories of the year.
After discussions with Gophers AD Beth Goetz and staff, basketball coach Richard Pitino reversed an earlier stance and suspended three players for the remainder of the season.
Video of a sex act appeared on the social media sites of Gophers freshman guard Kevin Dorsey on Friday night. He was one of three players suspended for Sunday's game at Illinois.
The Gophers guard has found a groove after a slow start that had him recalling his mom's message.
Looking like a team facing the cold, sobering reality of morning after a night of partying, the Gophers slogged through the opening minutes before extending Rutgers' Big Ten winless streak to 29 games.
Since joining Minnesota two summers ago, the big man from West Africa has gained a reputation for attacking just about everything in his life — from school, to basketball, to salsa dancing — at full force.
Tubby Smith's Texas Tech squad is among the teams on the NCAA tournament bubble. Wisconsin, Michigan and Clemson are there, too.
The win snapped a 14-game losing streak, the Gophers' worst start to league play in program history, and a stretch of 17 losses in 18 games.
Thursday night's victory set off the first court rush of the Richard Pitino era, and the coach had a message for his daughter two months in the making.
Coach Richard Pitino wouldn't say why he booted one of the team captains before tonight's game with No. 6 Maryland. "We addressed it and we move on."
The loss was the Gophers' 14th in a row and 17th in 18 games, and it further deepened the worst start to Big Ten play in program history.
The interim athletic director, who took over last summer after Norwood Teague's resignation, said that she will apply for the job.
There are some unusual programs leading the way around the nation this season.
The Gophers trailed by 17 points with 7:30 remaining, but went on a 19-4 run to make the game interesting before falling short.
As Gophers basketball transfers Reggie Lynch and Davonte Fitzgerald sit out, they've built their games — and a friendship.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he didn't have his team prepared for the first meeting with Northwestern. The rematch comes Thursday night.
The Gophers battled and shoved their way to the rim all afternoon, but when the game was on the line, Minnesota settled for jump shots and lost its 11th straight game.
From sloppy defense to a problem sharing the ball on offense, college basketball Amelia Rayno gives the reasons why coach Richard Pitino's Minnesota team is winless in the Big Ten.
In the Big Ten annals it's made clear that success is often in close pursuit of failure.
The Gophers pushed No. 21 Purdue to the brink but couldn't overtake Boilermakers at Williams Arena.
The University of Minnesota is playing its role in helping the Big Ten's reach extend eastward.The school announced Wednesday that the Gophers will participate in…
Throughout a season marked by team-wide struggles, Jordan Murphy's foul trouble early in games might be among the most concerning for the Gophers heading into Wednesday's game against Purdue.
A late five-point lead disappeared before the Gophers got drubbed in overtime.
Carlos Morris has stepped up in recent games. His aggressive attack, combined with better rebounding, helped Minnesota keep the score close.
The Gophers continued to improve, but Michigan sent them to 0-7 in Big Ten Conference play.
Using a man-to-man defense against Indiana last weekend helped the Gophers. Coach Richard Pitino said he hopes the strong game inspires the players' confidence, a missing ingredient for a couple of weeks.
The Gophers hung with Indiana for most of Saturday afternoon, a handful of bad mistakes thwarted the Gophers' effort in a 70-63 loss.
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