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The surprising success of the pitching staff has the Gophers in first place in the Big Ten race.
Big Ten power Michigan State slipped to 3-9 last year, and the Spartans have had an even worse offseason.
When college football fans search for the Gophers in national recruiting rankings, they usually have to scroll past the traditional powers and click "next page."
Tyler Johnson led all Gophers receivers with six catches for 64 yards in Saturday's spring game, showing why new coach P.J. Fleck has been raving about the sophomore.
In front of a handful of recruits, Gophers' 2017 potential starters will play in game scenarios at Saturday's spring game.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck found a unique way to deliver happy news to his team about former Eden Prairie star Blake Cashman.
Due to injuries and players recovering from surgery, Saturday's Gophers spring game will have limited participation. "It's going to be a game within a bunch of drills," coach P.J. Fleck said.
In 20 years of coaching, Ed Warinner has never experienced something like the Gophers going through spring practice with only five healthy offensive linemen.
Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks have impressed the new staff and have a good relationship on and off field.
Under Kirk Ciarrocca, Western Michigan's offense culminated a three-year run with the fewest turnovers in the nation last season. Now, he's tasked with doing the same at Minnesota.
Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft appear to be the leading contenders, but Seth Green and Tanner Morgan are two others in the running.
Carter Coughlin's anger was there for everyone to see. The University of Minnesota had just fired football coach Tracy Claeys, and the linebacker from Eden Prairie was venting on Twitter.
When Matt Simon was a wide receiver at Northern Illinois, P.J. Fleck served as his position coach.
One of P.J. Fleck's most important selling jobs since taking over as Gophers coach came when he convinced sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. not to transfer.
Conor Rhoda has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Gophers starting quarterback, which is quite a twist, considering he almost gave up football last winter.
Sam Schlueter returned to practice Saturday, giving the Gophers six healthy offensive linemen, but then Quinn Oseland suffered a lower-body injury.
The players, who won their appeals overturning university sanctions, are safety Antoine Winfield Jr., cornerback Antonio Shenault, running back Kobe McCrary and quarterbacks Seth Green and Mark Williams.
Antoine Winfield Jr., Kobe McCrary and Mark Williams have been cleared; cornerback KiAnte Hardin is still facing expulsion, their attorneys confirmed Monday.
Gophers coach Brad Frost has a strong incoming class, including Amy Potomak.
A third-period goal with 91 seconds left in regulation put the Golden Knights into Sunday's final against Wisconsin.
The top line of Kelly Pannek, Dani Cameranesi and Sarah Potomak was overwhelming opponents before Cameranesi first got hurt in early December.
At least six Gophers are trying to keep pipeline to pros going.
The Gophers drew trouble with this first-round matchup against Middle Tennessee. Just ask Michigan State, which lost to the 15th-seeded Blue Raiders last March.
UMD had won three consecutive games against the two-time defending national champion Gophers, earning home-ice advantage for this NCAA quarterfinal. But Minnesota won the game that mattered most.
Beating UMD is the next step if Lee Stecklein is going to reach that goal.
Athletic director Mark Coyle has spoken with Western Michigan AD Kathy Beauregard to reassure her that P.J. Fleck isn't recruiting his former football players, athletic department spokesman Jake Ricker confirmed.
U football spring practice begins with volume turned up to 11 under their new head coach.
The Gophers have made the NCAA tournament in all 10 of Brad Frost's seasons as head coach, but they lived on the bubble this season before finding out they'll have a rematch at UMD on Saturday.
The Gophers got good news with the return of Dani Cameranesi but fell to the Bulldogs 2-1 in double overtime
A loss to Bemidji State in the final game of their best-o-f three series could well have ended the season without giving the Gophers a chance to defend their national title.
The Gophers will be part of Friday's first day of baseball inside U.S. Bank Stadium. At 6 a.m., Century College of White Bear Lake will play Iowa Central in the stadium's first baseball game.
P.J. Fleck landed a quarterback he'd been coveting for the Gophers' 2018 recruiting class Sunday, when Brennan Armstrong of Shelby, Ohio, announced he was verbally…
The tally so far: 134 offers to join Gophers football, but none to players who wore a high school uniform in Minnesota last fall. However, P.J. Fleck notes this weekend that could change.
One potential drawback to morning practices would be trimming the list of available undergraduate classes, but Fleck sees academic benefits, too.
The new Gophers coach P.J. Fleck bought the rights to his motivational phrase.
Known as the Voice of the Gophers, Christensen retired from full-time broadcasting in 1993, but continued doing Gophers football and basketball play-by-play until 2001.
Four players appear likely to return to the Gophers football team.
The former Gophers QB isn't as hyped in February as he was last summer, after struggling during his senior season.
New Gophers coach P.J. Fleck had just two and a half weeks to build the Class of 2017. "We knocked it out of the park, for the time we had," Fleck said.
The Gophers need to replace two starters — Jonah Pirsig (graduation), Tyler Moore (center). And last year, injuries limited others such as Garrison Wright, Vincent Calhoun and Jared Weyler.
P.J. Fleck, 36, came to Minnesota with a reputation as a skilled recruiter. And in 26 days, Fleck transformed Gophers by changing 16 recruits' minds.
The next wave of WMU assistants coming to the Gophers includes a Twin Cities native who used to be an assistant at St. Thomas
The Broncos ranked ninth in the nation in scoring offense this past season, averaging 41.6 points per game.
ESPN reported the new Gophers football coach was going outside the program to hire a defensive coordinator.
Boisterous new Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has always known who he is - and what he wants.
P.J. Fleck on Friday spoke excitedly about himself and changes he intends to make. "I'm going to promise you a lot," he said, "because that's the way I live my life."
Signs pointed toward the Gophers hiring the Western Michigan coach, but former LSU coach Les Miles loomed as a fallback.
The University of Minnesota likely made the most expensive coaching decision in its history when it fired Tracy Claeys, and another multimillion dollar commitment comes next.
Gophers' Mark Coyle gave a blistering assessment of the football program after firing coach Tracy Claeys.
Other names to watch include Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, former LSU coach Les Miles, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl and North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman, who was quarterback on Coyle's high school team at Waterloo (Iowa) Columbus Catholic.
Gophers coach, soon to meet with AD Mark Coyle, stated his case to remain in charge.
Tracy Claeys' future isn't clear after the fallout from the Gophers football team's sexual assault case.
Shortly after thinking his career was over, Matt Leidner started at center for the first time for the Gophers in the Holiday Bowl.
Minnesota ignored distractions and thwarted Washington State's potent passing game.
In a twist of injury fate, Mitch Leidner wound up finishing his Gophers career with his brother, Matt, as the team's starting center.
The Quarnstroms traveled from Marshall for their first Gophers bowl game.
U supporters express concern, uneasiness over program's future.
The Gophers QB has put up decent statistics in bowl games.
The 2017 co-captain is determined to bring a positive image to a scarred U football program.
The coach on the winning side of the Gophers' epic collapse in 2006 bowl wields strong opinions.
Coach Tracy Claeys declined to discuss boycott, suspensions, his job status.
The Gophers also said they took a stand against an administration — namely president Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle — that gave the team minimal explanation for the suspensions, citing federal privacy laws.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys has faced continued fallout from an alleged Sept. 2 sexual assault involving his players, a boycott and from his own uncertain status with his bosses.
The move to play in the Holiday Bowl was a dramatic reversal and came after most players learned for the first time what was in the 80-page university report.
A late-night summit involving U President Eric Kaler, other school leaders and most football players failed to produce an agreement. Players were readying a morning statement.
The entire team is willing to miss the Holiday Bowl in protest after 10 teammates were suspended this week in the latest fallout of a September sexual assault investigation.
Four others face a one-year suspension and another could get probation in the fallout from a student's sexual assault allegation in September. None of the 10 will play in the team's bowl game.
In San Diego, coach Tracy Claeys insisted the suspensions won't be a distraction as Minnesota prepares for the Holiday Bowl; in Minneapolis, one of his assistants said the football program is 'under attack.'
A lawyer for several of the players said the move stems from an internal university investigation into the same alleged Sept. 2 incident that led to four earlier suspensions.
The Gophers made enough plays to go 8-4. But if four other plays had gone differently, the California-bound Gophers might be headed to Pasadena instead of San Diego.
"We've told them [about the weather]," coach Tracy Claeys said. "And it's better to find out now than later. That's one of those things that's out of your control."
It's the team's first bowl game in California since the '60s. Washington State is coached by Mike Leach, who steered Texas Tech to a stunning comeback victory over the Gophers in the 2006 Insight Bowl, rallying from a 31-point deficit.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said Sunday that last week's vote of confidence from athletic director Mark Coyle "means everything."
Bowl selections for all teams will be revealed Sunday.
Gophers sophomore Emmit Carpenter was named Big Ten Kicker of the Year on Tuesday, based on voting by conference coaches and media.Carpenter has made…
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