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"Easier" schedule fails to inspire confidence: team picked to finish 5th in West in preseason poll.
She will be chief operating officer for Huskies athletics.
Speaking to supporters on the Gopher Road Trip, Don Lucia took a jab at former AD Norwood Teague, who was seldom seen at Mariucci Arena.
Junior Austin Athmann helped power Minnesota to a surprising season, and a spot in the NCAA regionals.
New athletic director Mark Coyle placed wrestling coach J Robinson on paid leave during the school's investigation into his team's alleged drug abuse.
On his first official day on the job, fans in Hutchinson greeted new Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle with concerns and optimism. "It's really tough staying loyal," one fan said.
The drug abuse controversy that started one week ago within the University of Minnesota wrestling team escalated again Tuesday.
J Robinson's agent disputed allegations that the Gophers wrestling coach covered up a prescription drug issue within the team, saying Robinson informed interim athletic director Beth Goetz of the situation.
Four days after their longtime pitching coach's death from leukemia, the Gophers arrived at their clubhouse Monday, unsure they'd get another chance to don the maroon and gold.
Allegations of drug abuse by wrestlers add to the new Gophers AD's long to-do list.
J Robinson, the longtime, title-winning Gophers wrestling coach, is under investigation in a drug case involving members of his team.
Todd Oakes, who spent 18 years as Gophers pitching coach, mentoring Twins closer Glen Perkins and others, died Thursday after a four-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 55.
Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson offered "amnesty" to any athlete who cooperated and declined to provide information to police, a wrestler says.
Thirteen months after taking an 86-miles-per-hour fastball to the face, Dan Motl is among the leaders of a team that enters the Big Ten baseball tournament Wednesday as the No. 1 seed.
Big Ten champs drop regular-season finale but enter conference tournament with lofty aspirations.
The Gophers baseball team has heavy hearts as they try to win a Big Ten championship this weekend. Pitching coach Todd Oakes this week was placed in home hospice care.
Taylor LeMay has started all but three games at catcher for the Gophers the past three years and is a key part of their success heading into Friday's NCAA tournament opener against North Dakota State.
Sara Groenewegen's two-day Big Ten tournament totals: 24 innings pitched, six earned runs, 29 strikeouts — and 395 pitches. Oh, and a three-run home run.
"I know my coaching career's over, and I understand that," Jerry Kill said. "But I just can't sit around and look at a lake and roll my fingers. That'd be the worst health [decision] I could ever make."
Ryan Santoso will replace Peter Mortell as the Gophers punter this fall, giving up most of the team's placekicking duties, coach Tracy Claeys said Monday.
New Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said that he hasn't purposely gone seeking difficult jobs. "That's just how it's played out," he said.
Coyle, 47, received a five-year contract with a base salary of $850,000 per year. He had previously served as the Syracuse AD, but left that post after less than 11 months on the job.
Mark Coyle barely had time to introduce himself to Gophers coaches as their new athletics director, yet his presence already could be felt around campus.
Eric Kaler hired Coyle to help restore the Gophers' integrity, luring the former U athletics official away from Syracuse University after only 11 months there.
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has spent twice as much on private jet travel as his contract allows since arriving at Minnesota, according to an internal university audit obtained by the Star Tribune.
Interim AD Beth Goetz and three outside candidates are being interviewed this week. Two sources believe president Eric Kaler could have his preferred candidate picked within a few days.
The hard-hitting Gophers are second in the Big Ten as the regular season schedule wraps up this weekend with a three-game series at Iowa.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner had been listed as a possible 2017 draft sleeper. On Thursday, the hype went to a new level.In his "Way-too-early 2017…
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…
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