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If Mike Zimmer can go 3-1 the rest of the way, he will pass Jerry Burns by a half-game to have the second-best four-year start to his coaching career in Vikings history.
JOTTINGS • Panthers receiver Russell Shepard worked out with Case Keenum the past three offseasons and will oppose him on Sunday. He told…
Almost 40 percent of the players who have been on the Vikings roster this season share a common trait: They weren't picked in the NFL draft.
One-time Vikings backup Case Keenum was thrust into a starting role and has succeeded with a talented supporting cast.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler answers questions about P.J. Fleck, attendance at TCF Bank Stadium and the wide-ranging investigation into college basketball recruiting.
JOTTINGS • The Falcons and the Vikings have the same odds to win the Super Bowl at 12-1, which is tied for fourth, according to…
P.J. Fleck pointed out that even Barry Alvarez went 1-10 his first year at Wisconsin in 1990, then had back-to-back 5-6 seasons before turning the Badgers into Rose Bowl winners.
The Vikings are fourth in the NFL in total offense at 375.7 yards per game. Last season, they were 28th in the league at 315.1.
JOTTINGS • It’s a well-known fact that Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was Joel Maturi’s first choice for Gophers coach before the athletic…
The Vikings are 2-5 vs. Detroit since 2014, but historically have played well on Thanksgiving.
The Vikings defense had something to say about it, too, bottling up the NFL's top-rated offense.
The Vikings have given up only 10 sacks in nine games. That's the NFL's second-lowest mark behind the Saints, who have Drew Brees, one of the quickest-release passers in league history.
JOTTINGS • Former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi has been working with collegiate officials in Japan to educate them about athletic departments, which are…
Undrafted Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is posting numbers not seen by the Vikings since Randy Moss' glory days.
What a difference a week makes when it comes to Big Ten football.
JOTTINGS • It might not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but the Vikings held New Orleans to only 19 points and…
Trae Waynes, a 2015 first-round pick, said he has made the adjustments needed to succeed with the Vikings.
One of the key contributors on a team that added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson has been returning 6-10 power forward Nemanja Bjelica, who has been shooting the ball as well as anyone.
But there is no chance quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play this season.
Should Case Keenum, Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater start? Team might stay status quo.
The Vikings need to take Cleveland seriously, especially on the ground. The Browns' run defense is fifth in the NFL
JOTTINGS•The Wilf family, owners of the Vikings, is in the process of completing its big development in Eagan. But look for Zygi Wilf and…
Coach P.J. Fleck said sophomore quarterback Demry Croft was in too much of a hurry last week against Illinois, but he will get another chance under center on Saturday.
Wide receiver Jarius Wright has stepped up when called upon by the Vikings this season.
There might not be a better unit on either side of the ball in the NFL than the Vikings defense.
The future of the Vikings has already been laid with the signings of Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Linval Joseph to multiyear contracts that have them under team control until 2021.
The biggest difference for the Vikings from last season is this team has shown great resilience in bouncing back from injuries.
Beating the Packers and Bears, tight end Kyle Rudolph said, jump-started the Vikings' quest for another NFC North title.
Once the Packers lost their star, the Vikings defense bottled up his backup and the run.
"There have been enough problems over the years," Bobby Knight said of the state of college basketball. "I'm kind of glad there have been some corrections made."
JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford aggravated his knee injury at Chicago on Monday and it is uncertain when he will play again. Bradford’s…
Paul Molitor and the Twins front-office staff are making plans to keep the club ascending in the standings.
JOTTINGS • NBA.com released its surveys from all 30 general managers. The Timberwolves were predicted as the fifth-best team in the Western Conference. Karl-Anthony Towns…
Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith know wide receiver Michael Floyd from back at Notre Dame, and they say he can give the Vikings a boost.
Case Keenum learned much from Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine, and set NCAA records at Houston.
The Gophers and Vikings lost close games this weekend, and the big reason was because both teams beat themselves.
Harrison Smith knows that heading into Sunday's matchup with Detroit, the Vikings defense has a ways to go to get to where it wants to be as a unit.
JOTTINGS • C.J. Ham, the Vikings fullback out of Duluth Denfeld and Augustana, was praised by starting running back Dalvin Cook for his…
Isaiah Washington, the highly touted point guard from New York City, is ready to go to work for Richard Pitino and the Gophers.
Jim Pohlad said last year's 103 losses were not reflective of the talent that has blossomed in '17.
The Gophers are heavily favored, but Maryland has skill-position players who will test the defense.
The star of the Vikings' win has come up big vs. the Buccaneers each of the past three seasons.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ decision to sit quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay couldn’t have been an easy one. Bradford wanted…
Quarterback Conor Rhoda was ready to leave the program, but P.J. Fleck's arrival and persuasion quickly changed his mind.
The Gophers football team got a big surprise performance on offense Saturday when senior Kobe McCrary had 23 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns.
JOTTINGS • Mike Zimmer has never faced the Steelers as a head coach, but he faced them twice a year when he was the…
The Vikings; offensive line cleaned up many of the mistakes that dogged it during the preseason and during the 2016 campaign.
The Vikings coach had nothing but praise for the unit after its eye-opening Week 1 performance.
The Vikings are coming off a 2-2 preseason, and their first test out of the gate is against a Saints team that features one of the game's top quarterbacks.
JOTTINGS • It’s looking more likely that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, who is having a great comeback season if there ever was one,…
Come February, more than 5,000 media members will be here and the Minneapolis dateline will be in papers all over the country and the world.
Nick Easton started five games at center last season, but will move to left guard as the Vikings open the year.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on the improvements he has seen from defensive lineman and former Louisiana State standout Danielle Hunter: “Danielle has…
Glen Mason, who worked Thursday's game for Big Ten Network, said the key for this year's Gophers is to be playing well when the schedule gets tough.
Even if he had been retained, Tracy Claeys had no shot at lasting beyond this season. Several things would have combined to seal his fate.
JOTTINGS • Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but…
Mike Zimmer wants to see more from his starters Sunday night against San Francisco in what could be their final preseason tilt.
Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have all starred at the plate of late.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers got great news with the recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) announcement for 2016. The football team tied for sixth in…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Friday's game in Seattle will help evaluate the line and several young players.
Ben Gedeon, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan, is quickly catching on at linebacker in Vikings camp and mounting a bid to make team at need position.
Andre Patterson has been coaching with Mike Zimmer on and off for 29 years since they first coached together at Weber State in 1988, when Patterson coached the defensive line and Zimmer was defensive coordinator.
One of the big story lines regarding P.J. Fleck taking over as Gophers coach has been whether he is downplaying expectations after a 9-4 season under Tracy Claeys.
Glen Taylor made it clear he is going to sign guard/forward Andrew Wiggins in the near future to a five-year, $150 million contract -- and that he won't be traded.
If you're looking for the next Vikings defender to get a big contract, look no further than Danielle Hunter. The third-round pick was the steal of the 2015 draft, and he keeps getting better.
It's hard to remember two coaches with better pedigrees joining a new staff the way that Robb Smith and Ed Warinner signed up with Fleck.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about some of the changes coming to the Vikings and how he plans to approach camp with a team that finished 8-8 last season.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked about how he plans to use running backs Rodney Smith, who rushed for 1,219 yards last…
Owner Glen Taylor said discussions are in the early stages.
LaTroy Hawkins did not flinch as many pushed for the Twins to select Hunter Greene with the No. 1 pick.
Former Gophers coach Tim Brewster recruited Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook to Florida State.
Sid Hartman pens his tribute to the late John Kundla, who died at 101 last weekend.
Bradford admitted that even though he put together good numbers, he didn't have full command of the offense for some time last season.
Andy McPhail thought the Twins might be a .500 team in 1987. That was before they won the World Series.
Twins third baseman and slugger Miguel Sano reached his goal of making the All-Star Game by working hard.
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