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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…
According to sources, athletic director Mark Coyle told Tracy Claeys last month that he would be retained as Gophers football coach. All four of Minnesota's losses came to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25
He won eight football games in his first full regular season as coach. Will that be enough?
Ahead 17-7 at halftime, the Gophers imploded in the second half allowing Wisconsin to win 31-17. It's the 13th time in a row the Badgers get to celebrate with Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Gophers are two-touchdown underdogs heading to Madison, a place where they haven't won since 1994.
Minnesota-Wisconsin the longest running rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision, at 125 games dating back to 1890. But it's also become one of the most one-sided.
In a radio interview Tuesday, Claeys said anyone in the country who comes to a Gophers practice would see the coaches teaching tackling the right way.
The Gophers stayed in the locker room for the past six games during the anthem.
Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner and the Gophers' defense led Minnesota's charge over the Wildcats, and to a milestone victory total.
Leidner and legion of supporters looking to savor senior QB's final home game
Quarterback Clayton Thorson, wide receiver Austin Carr and running back Justin Jackson have helped turn around the WIldcats' season.
This senior class has logged 29 victories since the start of 2013, the most in a four-year span since the Gophers won 30 from 2003-2006.
Left guard Jared Weyler suffered a torn triceps muscle. Weyler, a third-year sophomore, had been a steady presence on the starting line for eight weeks, while the Gophers patched things together at other positions.
Close, excruciating losses have become the Gophers' trademark, and it happened again Saturday night. Up by a touchdown at halftime, Minnesota lost 24-17 to end a four-game winning streak.
Knocked unconscious last week, Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 19 of 27 passes for two touchdowns and ran for the go-ahead score against the Gophers. He also suffered two more injuries.
Rodney Smith is the conference's second-leading rusher, and Jonathan Celestin leads Minnesota with 64 tackles.
If the Gophers are to beat No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday, quarterback Mitch Leidner might need to blend his passing and rushing talents.
Gophers kicker Emmit Carpenter is a playground protégé of former U punter Peter Mortell.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys told KFAN (100.3-FM) on Tuesday that he hopes to work out a contract extension after the season.
After ending the first half with a dud, the Gophers rebounded over the final 30 minutes to defeat the Boilermakers 44-31 at TCF Bank Stadium
The Gophers are thin at wide receiver with Brian Smith now gone from the team. Who replaces his production?
Last decade, when Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he wanted to preserve Friday nights for high school football, he sure sounded sincere. But television stepped in and money talked.
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys said that he is "not a fan" of the Big Ten adding Friday night games to the schedule for next season.
People familiar with the situation called the fight a "last straw" for Brian Smith, a junior walk-on from Milwaukee who was having a breakout season.
They have beaten the foes they should, with one more 'should win' before the stretch run hits hard.
Rodney Smith delivered his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season Saturday, and the Gophers turned three Illinois fumbles into points pulling away for a 40-17 victory. They are now bowl eligible.
Minnesota drew just two targeting penalties over the previous four years. Both of those calls were overturned. The Gophers have five this season.
Coach reaches a critical phase of the season, trying to put his own mark on the team.
"I miss it," the former Gophers coach said of Minnesota and not being able to remain at Minnesota. "I could be helping that program a heck of a lot right now."
The Gophers have allowed five sacks this season, tied for fewest in the Big Ten with Nebraska. Saturday, the Gophers will face their biggest pass-protection challenge yet when they face Illinois.
Shannon Brooks delivered more eye-popping performances last season for the Gophers, but Rodney Smith has played the lead role this year, including Saturday with a 94-yard kickoff return.
With the Gophers heading to Illinois this week, coming off a near disaster against Rutgers, this might be a good time to review their last trip to Champaign.
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