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

U women swimmers hoping for three-peat in Big Ten meet

The Gophers, hosts of both the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets this year, want a conference crown three-peat.

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 12:12 AM

Gophers football team already chasing 2015 recruiting class

After landing a well-regarded class last week, Jerry Kill’s staff is hoping for another one that includes Cretin-Derham Hall's Jashon Cornell.

Updated: February 10, 2014, - 07:31 AM

Gophers' 2014 recruiting class looks to be Kill's best

The Gophers have added talent, and are expected to address a glaring need at receiver.

Updated: February 05, 2014, - 10:54 AM

Gophers pick up two players who had committed to other schools

The Gophers added commitments Monday from a wide receiver and defensive tackle who had originally given verbal commitments to other schools.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 09:34 AM

Chanhassen's Ragnow picks Arkansas over U with NFL in mind

Of the state’s top three targets, the Gophers have only one more hope: Jeff Jones. The other two were wooed to the SEC.

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 12:31 AM

Unionizing college athletics is years away, if ever

Northwestern football players took the first step Tuesday, but a thousand other steps could be needed to enact change.

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 06:47 AM

'Extra fire' on both sides of Gophers-UND women's hockey rivalry

Revenge is cyclical in the border battle between the Gophers and North Dakota. The U can take its turn tonight.

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 12:45 AM

Former Gophers quarterback Nelson will transfer to Rutgers

The former Gophers player will sit out a year, and he could be a senior for Scarlet Knights when they visit in 2016.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 07:48 AM

Jan. 16: Nelson's exit ends Gophers starting QB battle with Leidner

With Philip Nelson electing to transfer from the Gophers, Mitch Leidner emerges as the likely starter for his sophomore season.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 12:17 AM

Super Preps: Washburn star's stock rises on football recruiting

Local prep football star Jeff Jones has gone national on the college recruiting front.

Updated: January 27, 2014, - 12:26 PM

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