Joe Christensen

Gophers football reporter | Gophers, Big Ten
Phone: 612-673-7844
Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

Recent content from Joe Christensen

Big Ten trying to repair its bad reputation for bowl losses

The conference’s struggles have been glaring in the BCS era.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 11:38 PM

No surgery for Gophers' Williams

Maxx Williams limped to the team bus after the Texas Bowl loss, and the Gophers feared the worst.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 01:38 AM

Dec. 29: Texas Bowl loss has silver lining

Overachieving underclassmen should give Gophers a solid nucleus for next season.

Updated: December 29, 2013, - 08:38 AM

Syracuse scores late to win Texas Bowl over Gophers

A 70-yard return and a TD scramble with just over one minute left spoiled the Gophers' rally.

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 07:08 AM

Gophers notes: Kill returns to sideline for second half

HOUSTON – Gophers coach Jerry Kill knew his team was desperate for a halftime spark in Friday night’s Texas Bowl...

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 06:34 AM

Patience pays off for U's Cobb

After two discouraging years, the junior stuck with it and emerged as a 1,000-yard rusher.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 05:35 AM

Kill mulls over coaching from press box or sideline

HOUSTON – One day before facing Syracuse in the Texas Bowl, Gophers coach Jerry Kill did not rule out a...

Updated: December 26, 2013, - 11:30 PM

The Call: Gophers vs. Syracuse in Texas Bowl

THE OPPONENTSyracuse opened the season with losses to Penn State and Northwestern but went 4-4 in its first season in...

Updated: December 26, 2013, - 11:28 PM

Gophers women's hockey is Sportsperson of the Year

The Gophers' 41-0 season became a 62-game win streak, and somehow even the end of that run produced a poignant memory.

Updated: December 25, 2013, - 08:52 AM

Raises for Kill and U football coaching staff could be coming

The Gophers, who will meet Syracuse on Dec. 27 in the Texas Bowl, have improved from 3-9 to 6-7 to 8-4 under Jerry Kill. His $1.2 million base salary is the lowest among Big Ten coaches.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 11:53 PM

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