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Jonah Pirsig spends fall Saturdays using his 320-pound body to shield the Gophers’ backfield from danger. But on a recent morning, that same huge force of nature came strolling into Edina Highlands Elementary, wearing a sweater, jeans and boat shoes..
Twitter's 302 million users allow vitriol to hit people in an ugly place that’s hard to avoid, especially for this phone-clutching generation of college athletes.
Jim Delany’s idea of making freshmen ineligible in football and men’s basketball has drawn plenty of attention and scorn.
The school has raised $70 million of its $150 million goal, with more gains expected soon.
By earning his degree, Gophers football legend Bobby Bell is fulfilling a promise to his father.
Many draft analysts say David Cobb is an underrated prospect.
Last year, Minnesota had six consecutive 11 a.m. kickoffs. But this fall, the Gophers are expected to play at least four primetime games.
Former Gophers running back David Cobb held his own pro day Monday, and about 17 teams, including the Vikings, were on hand to watch.
Even with a genuine buzz Saturday in front of an estimated 10,100 fans for the spring game, Gophers coach Jerry Kill was careful not to reveal too much.
The Gophers have spent spring camp working almost exclusively on a no-huddle attack. They’ve sped up the pace and worked more on short, quick-passing routes
After coming to campus as a highly touted running back recruit, Jeff Jones appears to have found a new niche.
Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner was so frustrated after a play toward the end of Tuesday’s practice, he heaved the football downfield in disgust. Coach…
Jonathan Celestin and Rodney Smith graduated high school together last year and were unheralded additions to the Gophers’ 2014 recruiting class. Each could fill a key role this fall
The Gophers’ use of Jeff Jones at wide receiver this spring appears more than just an experiment.
Gophers running back Rodrick Williams lost his spot to David Cobb, and then lost weight to win it back.
On Thursday, the Gophers' coaching staff gave running back Jeff Jones an extensive look at slot receiver as a secondary position for him.
Adam Weber is the Gophers' all-time passing leader, and now he’s working hand-in-hand with quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski as a graduate assistant.
After beating Harvard for their third NCAA women's hockey title in four years, the Gophers added something new to their postgame celebration.
After celebrating its third NCAA championship in four years Sunday, the Gophers women’s hockey team will open next season as one of the favorites to win it all again.
The Gophers remember the pain of losing in the title game a year ago.
Hannah Brandt was one of the early cuts from the U.S. Olympic team in June 2013. The coach was Harvard’s Katey Stone.
The Gophers reeled off three quick second period goals and got 34 saves from junior goaltender Amanda Leveille for a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd at Ridder Arena.
Established as an NCAA varsity sport 15 years ago, women's hockey struggles with securing a steady audience, even if Ridder Arena is sold out this weekend.
The Gophers shook off two major penalties to still win 6-2 and advance to next week’s Frozen Four at Ridder Arena.
Rachel Ramsey, the daughter of an ex-NHL star, is ready for a change.
Jerry Kill has landed a big in-state victory.
After a health setback, he’s making an impression.
After holding two spring football practices behind closed doors, the Gophers invited the public Saturday and revealed a no-huddle offense.
Winning a fourth consecutive WCHA tournament would add to the Gophers’ legacy.
After the team’s first official spring practice, quarterback Mitch Leidner sounded as if he wished the Sept. 3 season opener against TCU were coming this weekend.
David Cobb rewrote the Gophers’ record book, but now he’s NFL-bound. Will Rodney Smith be up next?
The defensive tackle will work with other U players for scouts during the Gophers’ pro day.
Jerry Kill continues to have full confidence that the University of Minnesota will be ready to break ground on its new $150 million athletic…
Officials reiterate that the university hopes to break ground on $150 million project by summer’s end.
If construction is to begin on the athletics village this fall, the fundraising pace must pick up. University CFO Richard Pfutzenreuter said it's a "big hill to climb."
Seeking more length and speed for this year's recruiting class, Gophers coaches looked far and wide for the 24 athletes who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday.
“He could be the guy that could lead [Minnesota] to a Big Ten championship someday,” said Tom Lemming, a recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network. “He’s a four-star quarterback with five-star potential."
Jerry Kill’s fifth class is all three-star recruits. Now all he and his coaching staff have to do is turn them into overachievers
A few weeks after committing to the Gophers last summer, Canadian running back Jonathan Femi-Cole added a lasting memory to one of his typical eight-hour daily workouts.
The University of Minnesota has begun shopping for a construction company to build its new athletics facilities village, and the latest project budget is $150 million, down from $190 million. Construction is slated to begin this fall.
Three former three-star recruits have transferred from the Gophers football program this month, all of them in search of more playing time.
An early, early outlook at what is shaping up to be a fascinating fall for Big Ten football ... several months from now.
The Gophers of 2015 will lose some stars but are confident about their returnees.
Mitch Leidner had completed just 37 percent of his passes in the final three regular season games. He passed for a career-high 258 yards in the Citrus Bowl.
Gophers All-America tight end Maxx Williams ended what little suspense remained Friday, announcing that he’ll leave college early to enter the NFL draft.
Crucial mistakes turned the excitement of playing Jan. 1 into just another bowl game loss as the Gophers fell to Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.
The Gophers had a lot to lament after Thursday’s 33-17 Citrus Bowl performance against Missouri. Mitch Leidner’s performance wasn’t one of them.
When your team hasn’t played a Jan. 1 bowl game in 53 years, sleep is overrated, said fans who drove through the night to make the game.
Placekicker Ryan Santoso is one of 13 Gophers back in his home state.
noon, orlando • TV: ch. 5 (100.3-fm, 1130-am)Line: Missouri by 4½ • Series: Missouri leads 4-3-1 • Surface: Artificial turf24gophers23missourijoe’s predictionBoth coaching…
Finally, on a day more than a half-century in the making, the Gophers are ready for some New Year’s football.
ORLANDO – One year after a long punt return helped cost them a bowl victory, the Gophers will face one of the top returners…
Quarterback Mitch Leidner, his own worst critic, ignores social media jabs.
ORLANDO – Buffalo Wild Wings is headquartered in Minneapolis. This is the first year the company has sponsored the Citrus Bowl, and the Gophers…
For the first time since Dec. 31, 1961, a Gophers football team will be spending New Year’s Eve getting ready for a bowl game. With a noon kickoff Thursday for the Citrus Bowl, players aren’t too concerned about watching the ball drop.
A year has passed. The Gophers feel they can admit it now. They lacked focus last December getting ready for the Texas Bowl and were upset by Syracuse.
Cameron Botticelli bloomed with second chances on and off field.
ORLANDO – Gophers coach Jerry Kill on Monday downplayed the impact of dismissing wide receiver Donovahn Jones, saying it hasn’t been a distraction in…
With the Gophers preparing to play Missouri in Thursday’s Citrus Bowl, Donovahn Jones was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Cedric Thompson has recovered nicely from surgery on both ankles prior to this season.
Gophers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell's freshman year roommate at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College was Markus Golden, now a senior defensive end for Missouri. They'll meet in the Citrus Bowl.
The Citrus Bowl invited Gophers and Missouri players to hang out with a group of underprivileged children from Orlando at DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park.
Gophers running back Jeff Jones posted high enough grades during fall semester to be eligible for spring practice, coach Jerry Kill confirmed Friday.
Gophers strive for a mix of work and fun during practice in Florida.
David Cobb was packing up his apartment this month, a senior sorting through memories, when he came across a letter his mother wrote him when he first got to college.
A look back at the plays that defined the Gophers’ regular season.
After talking to other team’s coaches about their bowl experiences and discussing the options with several players, Jerry Kill chose to wait until Christmas Day to fly to Orlando.
Maxx Williams made it clear Wednesday he doesn’t want to talk about his NFL future publicly until after the Citrus Bowl.
The Gophers held their first bowl practice Thursday and will leave for Orlando on Dec. 25.
Less than 24 hours after getting their first New Year’s Day bowl invitation since 1962, the Gophers already had sold more than 2,500 tickets, senior associate athletics director Chris Werle said.
The Gophers haven’t played in a New Year’s Day bowl game since the 1962 Rose Bowl. This explained the big smiles Sunday, when the Gophers learned they were heading to the Citrus Bowl to play Missouri.
Despite their victory at Nebraska, the Gophers could get jumped by the Huskers in the bowl draft.
Ohio State will definitely miss J.T. Barrett in Indianapolis for Saturday's Big Ten Championship game. Now it’s up to Cardale Jones, a 6-5, 250-pound sophomore.
The Gophers unveiled scholarship seating fees to that will impact more than 28,000 seats in TCF Bank Stadium, an increase of almost 20,000 seats from the current premium seating plan.
The Gophers football coach was honored for the 8-4 season.
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