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The Gophers on Saturday dropped an important basketball game that was winnable. But the atmosphere at Williams Arena was refreshingly enjoyable.
Bruce Boudreau's deft touch with in-game adjustments and willingness to ride a hot hand demonstrate just how much coaching matters. On his list of attributes is that he doesn't play favorites.
Hours after stepping off a private plane for his first day on the job for the Gophers, Fleck began salvaging a recruiting class by poaching recruits that had verbally committed to his previous employer, Western Michigan.
Every new coach deserves to bring in his own staff. They shouldn't feel obligated to keep anyone. But P.J. Fleck's decision to not retain linebackers coach Mike Sherels is a mistake
Big-ticket decisions by the University of Minnesota demonstrate an understanding that college sports have become cutthroat, competitive and expensive, and that failure to jump in will only widen the gap.
The Gophers men's basketball program suddenly appears on solid footing under Richard Pitino after a transformational offseason.
P.J. Fleck undoubtedly will use quirky ploys to motivate his players, but here's a key point to remember: His résumé includes running a successful Division I program.
We'll learn more about Coyle's leadership and ability to attract coaches with this critical hire. This coaching change will be both expensive and a big part of Coyle's legacy at Minnesota.
As a decision nears, here's my vote: Retain Claeys and add one season to his contract with the same buyout provision ($250,000 per season), giving him three seasons remaining. I see enough positives in Claeys and his staff to maintain continuity.
There should be no suspense over looming Vikings organizational decisions on QB Sam Bradford.
The suspensions from the sexual assault investigation left Sawvel without two defensive starters and four of his top six defensive backs — a tall order against any opponent. And Washington State's offense isn't just any offense.
Playing a game will help provide some sense of normalcy and briefly take the focus off fallout from the university's sexual assault investigation. But it's not being melodramatic to suggest Gophers football has reached a critical crossroads that will shape its future.
Remember all the talk back in October about Rodgers being on the decline and no longer a pinpoint passer? Seems a little silly now, doesn't it?
Here's a dozen post-Christmas bowl games to savor.
College administrators often talk about their "brand" in schmoozing donors and corporate sponsors. The image of Gophers football is not appealing right now. The stain from this painful episode will be permanent.
Battle lines are being drawn and the University of Minnesota football program basically has been shut down.
The Gophers' volleyball leader is driven to succeed, but with a willingness to shift gears. Athletic director Mark Coyle said, 'I always feel like he's a step ahead.'
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.66), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (four). And unlike a year ago, he's not letting in the fluky goals.
Sharply declining figures should alarm local teams. They also send a message: Fans are withholding financial support until they see their home teams start winning.
What is Mike Eaves doing at age 60, coaching at Division III St. Olaf, the private liberal arts college in Northfield known more for its choir than its hockey team?
Chip Scoggins looks at Saturday night's Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Penn State in Indianapolis.
Missing a few games this season, even as his team fights to make the playoffs, shouldn't override Mike Zimmer's health and doing what's best for him.
Mark Coyle found himself in a no-win situation with whatever decision he made on his football coach. There would be angry fans no matter what he decided.
Saturday's performance: In the second half, Mitch Leidner completed only two passes -- and threw four interceptions -- after a strong start to his final regular-season game.
The Badgers defense is too suffocating to play it safe and conventional. This situation calls for creativity and willingness to try things that otherwise might be kept tucked away in the playbook.
Tony Kuplic played in only eight games for the St. Thomas soccer team and didn't even take a shot. That he's scored five goals in four postseason games has stunned everyone, including Kuplic.
Xavier Rhodes' pick six gave the Vikings a 10-point lead. His second interception — a swan-dive pick on a deep pass down the middle of the field — preserved their 10-point lead in the third quarter.
Gophers defensive tackle Steven Richardson carries a large chip on his shoulder from being told he's too short to play college football.
The Gophers and Vikings don't face must-wins by strict definition, but they need victories in the worst possible way.
With the game and chance at staying in the Big Ten West race up for grabs, one team played like a contender, one team didn't.
The Gophers are a team with definite strengths and identity. But how good are they overall? The next three games will tell us more than the first nine.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine made a positive first impression by outlining their global strategy in polished corporate talk mixed with a few deadpanned one-liners.
The Vikings defense surrendered a 17-play touchdown drive at the end of the first half, a last-ditch dagger at the end of the second half and a methodical, 87-yard scoring drive on the first possession of overtime.
The Gophers rushed for five touchdowns, passed for 231 yards, forced three turnovers, collected six sacks … and still had to sweat out the final minutes against a lousy team.
Facing a wounded, one-win Chicago Bears team Monday night, the Vikings looked even more wounded and vulnerable than the home team — and not just on offense.
When a coach uses that label — soft — to describe a performance by a player, position group or entire team, the reaction grabs everyone's attention.
"There's no such thing as a bad win," coach Tracy Claeys declared. Actually, there is.
At the expense of sounding like Debbie Downer, two areas create nagging uneasiness amid the euphoria of a 5-0 start: The offensive line and Blair Walsh
If Saturday's performance offers a glimpse of what's in store, the Wild looks capable of playing entertaining, fast-paced hockey under new coach Bruce Boudreau.
Sylvia Fowles hasn't decided how long she intends to play in the WNBA, but she's already preparing for her second career. She wants to become a mortician.
Official football rules limit the number of players allowed on defense to 11. So why does it feel like the Vikings have 20 defenders on the field at one time?
One week after throwing a critical interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter of a loss at Penn State, QB Mitch Leidner on Saturday again became a liability for the Gophers offense.
Offense, defense and special teams make up three of the 101 things the head coach handles in college football.
Jeff Locke once had such a pronounced speech impediment that he feared talking in class and once concocted a fake story about being German to avoid being teased.
He loves to hustle. And hit. That's why Smith has become the best safety in the NFL and leader of a relentless Vikings defense.
No conference opener should ever be described as must-win, but in terms of perception and creating belief, the Gophers could not afford to leave Penn State on a sour note. That's what happened, though.
The Gophers won't be favored in all of them, but nothing about the division looks overly intimidating.
The team's core group has lugged a target for five years, knowing every season carries a championship-or-bust purpose.
The Wolves believe they're finally positioned to do something about it. For once, it doesn't come across as standard preseason blather.
Better talent at linebacker gives defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel more flexibility in devising game plans, but execution as an entire defense remains a work in progress.
Antoine Winfield Jr. takes after dad, a former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Vikings.
At 31, the Adrian Peterson who dominated NFL defenses is gone. He's set for knee surgery Thursday, and is owed $18 million next season.
Mike Zimmer isn't interested in having his players make excuses for their injured teammates' absence.
Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated, confused, erratic — nothing like the best quarterback in the NFL. Nothing like the guy who has owned the Vikings throughout his career.
Gophers linebackers coach Mike Sherels called upon the strength he was known for as a player to survive near-fatal digestive system emergencies. "I certainly have a new appreciation for being alive," he said.
In terms of strategic matchups, this one belongs in bold lettering — one of the NFL's brightest defensive minds facing the NFL's most talented quarterback.
Playing FCS opponents puts Power Five teams in a no-win situation. They basically get no credit if they win, and they get lambasted if they lose.
If Bradford gains enough grasp of Norv Turner's system by then and doesn't feel overwhelmed and isn't putting the offense at risk, give him the ball and let him go. If Bradford remains uncertain about protections, verbiage or basic concepts, Hill should be the guy until Bradford catches up to speed.
Sam Bradford is not a top-tier quarterback worth a first-round pick under normal circumstances. This isn't a normal circumstance.
The start of the Gophers' 2016 football season in many ways picked up where 2015 left off - and there's plenty to correct.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's immediate task is to keep players believing that all is not lost with Teddy Bridgewater out, that enough talent remains to achieve their goals.
If Gophers players are searching for inspiration or wondering how their season and careers might unfold, they need look no further than their ailing linebackers coach.
His final three throws of the preseason put to rest the mysterious shoulder issue that snowballed into an awkward dance between coach Mike Zimmer and the media.
Bart Miller wants workouts to be hellacious. He's not fond of shortcuts or excuses.
When a starting quarterback mysteriously doesn't start a game and then spends two practices working strictly on handoffs, questions are going to be asked. And more than once.
A phenomenal finish in the Sprint Championship at Canterbury's Festival of Champions on Sunday showed owners, trainers and fans that Minnesota is capable of producing exceptional horse racing.
The Twins' second baseman has smacked a league-best 19 home runs since June 19, hit safely in 22 of 23 games and has raised his batting average nearly 70 points since late May.
Teddy Bridgewater's quest to improve on deep passes has been a nonstop talking point. It's a necessary step in his evolution.
The drive to be where he is today, working as an NFL referee and a college basketball official, a duel role that makes Gene Steratore unique in the world of referees.
Polanco is showing that he belongs in the lineup and needs a position to call home. "When you're here," he said, "there's always a chance to show something."
On Saturday, the two 76-year-old legends of golf belonged on stage at a comedy club. Their improv routine wasn't a re-enactment of "Grumpy Old Men." More like "Goofy Old Men."
U.S. Bank Stadium offers some distinctive features that will never be accused of being cookie-cutter. Those touches give the place its own uniqueness, though a few important unknowns remain.
Privately, people inside the University of Minnesota football department have been circling this season as an opportunity to emerge as a serious Big Ten contender.
Transition season puts Peterson in a role where he must adapt to Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings' focal point
John Sullivan's status remains a question mark until the football pads come on for real, though he refuses to entertain worst-case scenarios.
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