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Minnesota Whitecaps founder Jack Brodt's comments came after more than 200 players vowed not to play next season unless a financially stable league is established
More than 200 women's hockey players, including members of the Minnesota Whitecaps and gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic team, say they won't play in any North American league until demands are met.
Hunter Shepard's route to Minnesota Duluth didn't follow a direct path after being named the top high school goalie in the state five years ago.
The Faribault boarding school's boys' and girls' prep teams are ranked No. 1 and are favorites to win USA Hockey Tier I national titles. They are a combined 83-10-7.
The three brothers have been together on the same line since a teammate went down with an injury for the Huskies, who have the top seed in the NCAA men's hockey field.
A quick look at St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State Mankato.
Nick Swaney scored on 2-on-1 rush 7:29 into the second overtime, giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory.
For the first time since the formation of a 16-team NCAA men's hockey field in 2003, Minnesota — or any state for that matter — has three No. 1 seeds.
Patrick Newell and Nolan Walker scored goals 24 seconds apart in the first period for St. Cloud State, which advanced to Saturday night's championship game
Hunter Shepard made 25 saves in a 3-0 shutout.
St. Cloud State headlines league tournament that has three of the NCAA's top five teams.
Minnesota is 7-1 in its past eight games going into Big Ten semifinal vs. Irish.
The Huskies' bus got stuck on a road near St. James, where the sheriff gave them shelter and food -- and would have put them up in the county jail, if needed.
Bob Motzko has seen it all season. His Gophers men's hockey team puts together a solid, consistent, successful weekend. Then it regresses.
The Gophers, swept last week at Penn State, and the rest of the conference are in danger of missing the NCAA tournament.
Herb Brooks coached the third title team in a six-year span, and players will gather Saturday for a reunion.
When P.J. Fleck assembled his 2019 recruiting class during December's early signing period, he left left wiggle room to delve into college football's growing transfer market.
Jahmile Addae will return to the school for which he was a four-year starter and three-time All-Big East defensive back from 2001-05.
The offense made big strides from 2017, the first year under coach P.J. Fleck and Kirk Ciarrocca, who is known for his work with quarterbacks.
Kirk Ciarrocca has coached under P.J. Fleck since 2013 at Western Michigan. Also, defensive line coach Marcus West is leaving to join the coaching staff at Charlotte in Conference USA.
Mohamed Ibrahim -- the game MVP -- rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Johnson caught two touchdown passes in one of Minnesota's most dominant performances of the season.
Kamal Martin, a junior from Burnsville, was a mainstay in the starting lineup and was the team's fourth-leading tackler during the regular season with 59.
It's not 'just' the Quick Lane Bowl for coach P.J. Fleck and his roster full of freshmen.
The run-heavy approach features quarterback sweeps, pitches to a trio of running backs, motion and misdirection. "When you get a triple-option team, everything changes," P.J. Fleck said.
Rossi embraces the path he took from Division III to the Big Ten, he says, because "when you're there, you have to do everything."
North Score: Michael Rand and Gophers beat reporter Randy Johnson debate and discuss the possible added value to the Gophers program by its presence in Wednesday's Quick Lane Bowl.
Coach P.J. Fleck talked about the new national database that lets athletes submit their names and desire to transfer, allowing coaches from other schools to contact them.
When the Gophers open the 2019 season against South Dakota State, either Tanner Morgan or Zack Annexstad will start, right? Not so fast, coach P.J. Fleck said.
The Gophers' incoming recruiting class is ranked 33rd in the nation, hitting the top 40 for the second straight year. College football writer Randy Johnson explains what it means, and reminds you who was coaching last time that happened.
In his second year with the Gophers, P.J. Fleck guided the team to a 6-6 record including a victory over Wisconsin and an invitation to the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.
At least six Gophers football players have been disciplined and have not been allowed to practice recently in preparation for the Quick Lane Bowl.
Senior linebacker Blake Cashman, the team's leading tackler, announced on Twitter that he won't play in the Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl.
The Gophers will face a unique challenge on defense and a coach who will be on the sidelines for the final time as their reward for making a bowl game in P.J. Fleck's second season.
The Yellow Jackets won their opener before losing three games in a row. But they won six of their next seven games to secure bowl eligibility before losing their regular-season finale, 45-21 at Georgia.
With Saturday's 37-15 victory by the bowl-eligible Gophers, Paul Bunyan's Axe is going back to Minneapolis for the first time since 2003.
Joe Rossi was named interim defensive coordinator after Fleck fired Robb Smith following the 55-31 loss at Illinois on Nov. 3, and the defense responded.
Saturday's game might be Minnesota's only chance for nearly a full calendar year to impress that noncommittal bloc known as casual fans in this sports-saturated market.
It's Gophers-Wisconsin week, and that means Rhys Lloyd is getting an annual chance to reminisce about a career kicking highlight.
Minnesota is minus-11 in turnovers in Big Ten play, heading into the regular-season finale at Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin star running back is nearing 2,000 rushing yards.
The Gophers couldn't get that sixth win Saturday because Big Ten West Division-champion Northwestern played mostly error-free football and owned the key situations in a 24-14 victory.
"We're going to miss that young man one day,'' Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "He's an incredible player.''
College Football Insider: Big Ten bowl guesses start at the top with two national playoff possibilities. The Gophers need to win one of their last two games to get to a postseason game.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said even though the Wildcats are assured a spot in the Big Ten title game the final two weeks of the regular season will be played with a "championship approach."
New defensive coordinator Joe Rossi said the team's linebackers were big in beating the Boilermakers. One more victory will make the Gophers eligible for a bowl game.
At Cooper High School, Phillip Howard was a jack of all trades, playing quarterback, receiver, defensive back and return specialist.
Once the top-rated player in the Gophers football recruiting class of 2019, Jason Bargy faces charges in Illinois and is no longer in Minnesota's plans.
P.J. Fleck had a thought about why the Gophers defense rebounded in his team's lopsided victory over Purdue. And was Blake Cashman robbed of an honor he deserved?
In Joe Rossi's first game as interim defensive coordinator, the Gophers limited the Boilermakers to just 233 total yards and won 41-10 at cold, snowy TCF Bank Stadium.
Operating behind an offensive line that won one-on-one battles throughout Saturday's game, the 5-10, 205-pound Mohamed Ibrahim got better as the game went on.
Rashod Bateman is on a historic pace as a Gophers freshman wide receiver.
The defensive problems facing the Gophers, to put it bluntly, are massive. Enter Joe Rossi, the team's interim defensive coordinator.
The reality of this season means that coach P.J. Fleck is asking more from one of his freshman that he wanted. "He's not ready to play, but he's going to play."
"This is not about one specific game or one specific issue," P.J. Fleck said, explaining his decision to fire his defensive coordinator, a longtime friend and colleague.
Coach P.J. Fleck fired defensive coordinator Robb Smith on Sunday. The Gophers have given up at least 30 points in all seven of their 2018 Big Ten games.
The host Illini racked up 646 yards of offense - 430 alone of the ground - with most of it in coming in sizable chunks. Illinois scored four times from 67 yards or longer.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said after Saturday's 55-31 loss at Illinois that Shannon Brooks, a senior running back, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury suffered in last week's victory over Indiana.
Tanner Morgan, a redshirt freshman, led three TD drives in the second half of a loss at Nebraska, then passed for 302 yards and three TDs in a win last week. Morgan will start again Saturday at Illinois.
Injured Gophers senior running back Shannon Brooks was arrested Oct. 14 and released the next day.
With a month left in the regular season, some conference races have interesting division leaders.
Colllege Football Insider: Only a late-season collapse can keep the Wildcats from reaching Indy.
The former Eden Prairie star has been nominated for a national honor given to the most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
The Gophers have needed their depth at running back in a season that has been marked by injuries to players at that position.
The redshirt freshman quarterback was named Big Ten co-freshman of the week on Monday after leading the Gophers over Indiana.
Gophers junior Tyler Johnson caught five passes for 102 yards and touchdowns of 8 and 18 yards Friday night. It's his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season.
The Hoosiers rallied from 22 points down to tie the Gophers, but a long touchdown pass sealed Minnesota's first Big Ten win of the season
P.J. Fleck this week reiterated that he expected a difficult season and that patience will be required with the Gophers football team. They have not won a Big Ten game this season.
With the season in a downward spiral and Friday night's game against Indiana at TCF Bank Stadium quickly approaching, the Gophers need an answer for a reeling defense.
Zack Annexstad suffered an internal midsection injury late in the first half at Nebraska on Saturday and Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday, "I'm not sure yet" if Annexstad will play Friday night vs. Indiana.
Tanner Morgan replaced Zack Annexstad in the second half at Nebraska and led a pair of touchdown drives at the start of the third quarter.
Zack Annexstad did not play in the second half of Saturday's game at Nebraska because of a midsection injury suffered shortly before halftime. He was sent to a hospital but was expected to be released.
The Cornhuskers went ahead by four touchdowns in the second quarter, and racked up 659 yards for the game in their 53-28 victory sending the Gophers to their fourth consecutive loss.
On Saturday at Nebraska, running back Mohamed Ibrahim and lineman Blaise Andries, among many others, hope to build on last week's performance at Ohio State in which the Gophers ran for 178 yards.
While some teams celebrate fumbles and picks with chains, backpacks and robes the Gophers need to start taking the ball away from opponents to make any turnover prop worthwhile.
Nebraska is off to an 0-6 start with several close losses under new coach Scott Frost, the quarterback on Nebraska's last national championship team in 1997.