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Sources say a group of top candidates, consisting of interim AD Beth Goetz and eight men with Upper Midwest ties, has emerged.
Four from the U were drafted in 2015, and three could be selected in middle to late rounds this year.
Lovie Smith's arrival could revitalize the Illini, which means trouble for the Gophers and other Big Ten teams.
At a time when some boosters are pushing for former Gophers who've succeeded outside the college sports realm, the job description shows those candidates could face an uphill climb.
The former U quarterback will be eligible to play for another team right away.
Ground game rolls for Gold team, while Leidner backup Croft struggles.
The Gophers received big news Saturday before the spring game, when highly coveted recruit Blaise Andries committed to Minnesota.
It will be the first spring game for Tracy Claeys as a head coach, the first as offensive coordinator for Jay Johnson, and the first spring game period for quarterbacks Demry Croft and Seth Green.
Former Gophers captain Briean Boddy-Calhoun has a nickname for his school that he'd like to see stick: DBU (Defensive Back University).
The Gophers will divide into two teams — Gold vs. White — and play two 40-minute halves with a running clock. The coaches plan to reward the winning team but haven't yet said how.
As KJ Maye prepares for his pro career, he's helping those who will try to replace his production with the Gophers' football team.
New coach of that unit emphasizes finishing.
The board's chairman said, "I just think if this resolution passes, we're going to ... have less interest from very capable (athletic director) candidates."
They're just the latest team to try out a remote-controlled tackling dummy from a company called MVP (Mobile Virtual Player). The device was designed by a team of engineers at Dartmouth to help teams reduce practice injuries.
Coach Tracy Claeys said the charged atmosphere helps his players practice hard. "If they don't bite when they're a puppy, they won't bite," he said.
As the University of Minnesota expands the national search for its next athletic director, the school could be battling a perception that the eventual choice, interim athletic director Beth Goetz, already has the job.
Green graduated from high school early, enrolled at the university in January and is competing in his first spring football practice. Offensive coordinator Jay Johnson said Green "has done tremendous."
President Eric Kaler announced that a16-member committee including big names in business and current and former Gophers athletes will work with a search firm to drive the process.
Brad Frost dismisses dynasty talk, even after a fourth women's national title in five years.
Boston College had the perfect record. The Gophers had the perfect combination of everything else -- for the fourth time in five years.
Championship ensures Amanda Kessel has no regrets about her U encore.
Sarah Potomak might have several big moments ahead for the Gophers, but it will be tough topping her first trip to the Women's Frozen Four.
Gophers roll past unbeaten Boston College for second consecutive national title
The Gophers are the only Division I women's hockey team that knows how it feels to finish a perfect season. And now here's Boston College, at 40-0.
Freshman Sarah Potomak finished off archrival Wisconsin. Next up is unbeaten Boston College.
Haley Skarupa scored her second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime to win it for the undefeated Eagles.
Wisconsin's Ann-Renee Desbiens has posted an NCAA-record 21 shutouts and hasn't allowed a goal over the past five games.
Amanda Kessel's hat trick put Gophers back in the Frozen Four for the fifth consecutive year.
Amanda Kessel, back on the ice, wants a national title and Olympic gold.
Damarius Travis injured a hamstring trying to block a last-minute punt in last year's season opener against TCU. He had a setback around midseason and settled for a medical redshirt, which allows him to return this fall.
After posting the third-fastest 40-yard dash time among linebackers (4.58 seconds) at the NFL combine last month, De'Vondre Campbell continued working on his draft stock Monday at the Gophers' annual pro day.
The Gophers landed the third seed in the eight-team NCAA field and drew a quarterfinal matchup against Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena.
The senior forward had a goal and an assist as the Gophers reached the final.
The Gophers are lined up for another postseason run, starting with this weekend's WCHA Final Face-Off at Ridder Arena.
Among other things, the sight of a quarterback staring into his wrist band in the huddle is ending. "The quarterback has to be in charge," Tracy Claeys said.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys aims to put a physical stamp on the program during spring drills.
After discussions with president Eric Kaler failed to lead to a new full-time job with the Gophers, former football coach Jerry Kill said the talks "were never about money. … I'm more hurt by it than I am mad.".
Two junior college transfers, Garrison Wright and Vincent Calhoun, are expected to take over immediately this spring as starting guards for the Gophers' football team.
Two months after saying he was leaning against using a search firm to hire a new athletic director, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has changed his mind.
Asked why he didn't come out publicly while still playing, Luke McAvoy said, "I wasn't the face of the team. The attention shouldn't be on me. It should be on the people who are out there performing and truly building the team."
Four of Wednesday's signees played quarterback in high school but will move to other positions. "Most times that [quarterback] is the best player at a lot of places," Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said.
After getting 20 official commitments to play football for Minnesota next year, coach Tracy Claeys said he's looking for the Gophers to add "explosion, size, strength and attitude."
Minnesota produced 14 players this year who will sign scholarship agreements with Power Five conference schools. The Gophers nabbed eight of them.
Despite tempting football offers, Carter Coughlin chose to continue his clan's Gophers legacy
Nine recruits have decommitted from the Gophers football program since Jerry Kill retired in late October, but new coach Tracy Claeys has added several key commitments, too.
Jay Johnson's offenses set records at last two stops.
If they formed a band, they could call it "Tracy Claeys and the Two Jays."Claeys introduced Jay Johnson as the Gophers' new offensive coordinator…
The ex-Roseville prep star is unsure where he will go.
Tracy Claeys is hoping Bart Miller can work his coaching magic again.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner had successful left foot surgery Wednesday and should take about four months to heal, the team announced."Mitch's surgery went well,"…
Jay Johnson's former QB expects balance and an easy transition for Gophers.
Craig James, Desmond Gant are transferring. Berkley Edwards might focus on track and field.
The junior quarterback scored a decisive fourth-quarter touchdown against Central Michigan, ending the program's seven-game bowl slide.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys has picked Minnesota native Jay Johnson to be his next offensive coordinator, and former Wisconsin offensive line coach Bart Miller to hold that role with the program.
Big schools typically make money on bowl appearances, even in Detroit.
The Gophers quarterback has been playing with an injured left foot this season but hasn't missed a game.
Gophers freshmen Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith have combined to rush for 1,240 yards this season, and that total could be higher if Smith hadn't sprained his right ankle.
Former Minneapolis Washburn star running back is transferring to a junior college in Iowa after struggling on and off the field. Coach Tracy Claeys called him "a great kid" and would welcome him back.
Former East Ridge quarterback Seth Green was one of seven recruits who officially signed to play for the Gophers on Wednesday, with plans to enroll at the university next month and participate in spring practice.
The Chippewas will present definite challenges with their passing offense and passing defense.
Chaska offensive lineman Matt Kegel announced Tuesday that he is decommitting from the Gophers.The 6-6, 300-pound Kegel is a consensus three-star recruit who also had…
Former East Ridge standout quarterback Seth Green committed to the Gophers along with four others, including former Viking Antoine Winfield's son.
Since Jerry Kill coached seven of this season's 12 games, he'll get 58 percent of his bonus. Tracy Claeys, who coached the final five games, will get the remaining 42 percent.
According to sources, the Gophers would welcome Green as part of their 2016 recruiting class, but they also don't want him to think his decision will make or break them.
The Gophers bid to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit against Central Michigan was made possible because of the team's improvement in the classroom.
The U will be one of three teams with 5-7 records to play in the postseason. Which bowl is uncertain.
Four recruits have decommitted from the Gophers football team since Nov. 22 but, according to sources, only one of those losses stung coach Tracy Claeys.
While an invite to a lower-tier bowl might not seem like a big positive, one advantage to earning a trip to any bowl game is that teams are given 15 additional practices.
"I love 75-80 percent of what we do," Tracy Claeys said. "This isn't going to be a total overhaul." But there were reasons he felt a change had to be made.
The U administrator will fill an opening on defensive staff.
When Jerry Kill retired, Tracy Claeys quickly hinted that offensive staff changes could be coming if he were hired to keep the job. The move breaks up a staff known for its continuity.
Tracy Claeys filled a defensive coach opening Monday by getting longtime Gophers athletics administrator Dan O'Brien to return to his roots.
The Gophers lost 31-21 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium to finish the regular season 5-7. It was their 12th straight defeat to the Badgers in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Gophers offensive line definitely will have a different look next season after two potential returning starters — Ben Lauer and Brian Bobek — both retired Saturday.
Saturday afternoon's game at TCF Bank Stadium is Minnesota's best chance to beat Wisconsin in six years, according to the point spread. For Coach Tracy Claeys and the Gophers, reclaiming the Axe easily would trump a bowl bid.
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