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Wisconsin picked to win the West; only Purdue and Illinois rank below Gophers in division predictions.
The WCHA Women's League has launched a crowdfunding page to solicit donations to offset annual costs for the seven teams that remain after North Dakota dropped its program.
ESPNU and Big Ten Network plan to air a four-part series in August called "BEING P.J. Fleck," with a behind-the-scenes look at the new Gophers football coach.
Athletic director Mark Coyle said he "aggressively" pursued an extension with Jessica Allister and was willing to make her one of the highest-paid coaches in the Big Ten.
Sydney Smith had a 54-1 record at Maple Grove and now gives Gophers a potential replacement for graduating All-America pitcher Sara Groenewegen.
Tackles and whistles — and, oh yeah, that new head coach's tenure — start in less than three weeks for the Gophers.
So far, there has been no announcement of renaming historic Williams Arena, the historic basketball venue. But Gophers officials have hinted that it's a "possibility."
"We just started to have this conversation the past week or so," athletic director Mark Coyle said. "Before any decisions are made, we obviously communicate with our season-ticket holders, and so we'll continue to have those conversations."
University of Minnesota football players are grinding through summer conditioning programs, which run five days per week and sometimes feature a break from the routine.
After inheriting a budget deficit at Minnesota and making an expensive football coaching change Gophers AD Mark Coyle needs added Big Ten revenue to balance the books.
The Twins rallied back from a 6-0 hole to score nine unanswered runs and beat the Orioles. Brandon Kintzler, named an All-Star Game replacement earlier in the day, picked up his AL-leading 24th save.
The University of Minnesota has opted to move all of its sports programming to the iHeartRadio family of stations, which features 100.3 FM radio in the Twin Cities.
Fleck has yet to land a consensus four-star recruit, so the Gophers are expected to drop as traditional powers ranked behind them begin filling up their classes.
The Twins suffered their sixth consecutive home loss, and they have given up at least seven runs in each of their past five games at Target Field.
Twins lefthander Hector Santiago wonders if pitching in the World Baseball Classic is the reason why he has landed on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year big-league career.
Former southeast metro rivals Mitch Hechsel and Nate Roese forged a bond running as Gophers. Their track careers have taken different routes, but all roads led one final meet — the NCAAs in Eugene, Ore.
Two losses to Purdue last Saturday cost the Gophers a regular-season Big Ten title and dimmed their postseason hopes.
Organizers estimated that about 300 people turned out in Winona on Monday to see P.J. Fleck and Richard Pitino, dwarfing the crowd that came to the event last time it was in town.
Sara Groenewegen and her changeup give the Gophers a chance vs. anyone. She has eight career no-hitters and holds the Gophers' all-time strikeout record, with 1,187.
After not being among the 16 teams seeded in the NCAA tournament, the Gophers were treated more favorably by coaches voting in the final softball poll of the season.
After seeing they'd be sent on the road, one Gophers softball player said: "We were mad, sad, angry, whatever. But we took a couple minutes to digest it and tried to find a way to move on."
Performance against Top-25 teams, strength of schedule were factors.
The Gophers have the best record in Division I softball, at 54-3, but in a stunning development Sunday night, that wasn't enough to land them one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The University of Minnesota is investing nearly $7 million next season on the sidelines for a new era of Gophers football.
Big Ten's top two teams could meet for first time this season this weekend in Ann Arbor.
The Gophers won their first regular season conference title since 1991, which is also the last time the program had a Coach of the Year honoree.
The No. 4 Gophers are having a lot of fun this softball season — no one more so than hot-hitting infielder Sydney Dwyer.
Super-utility player Jordan Kozicky of Southwest is the U's first Minneapolis City Conference starter in decades and is among the team's top hitters.
Kendyl Lindaman on Wednesday hit her 16th home run of the season for the No. 4-ranked Gophers, breaking the single-season record which had stood since 2003.
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."
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