• The Gophers lost their first five Big Ten games by an average of five points, and in those games Andre Hollins scored 9.2 points per game. Saturday, Hollins scored 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting in a 89-80 victory over Rutgers, proving again that as Hollins goes, so go the Gophers. The Gophers' next five games — at Nebraska, Illinois at home, at Penn State, Nebraska at home and Purdue at home — are all winnable. If Hollins can keep it going, maybe the Gophers can still turn this season around.
• Last Monday was the deadline for Vikings season-ticket holders to sign up for personal seat licenses at the new stadium. Those seat builders licenses went on sale 10 months ago and season-ticket holders were informed when they could select new seats. But with the deadline passed, anyone who didn't renew and pay the fee lost their season tickets. The Vikings generated more than $82 million in licensing fees, much higher than their $37 million goal for the program. Now people who signed up in 2014 for season ticket chances will have the opportunity to select seats, followed by sales to the general public. The seat licenses fees reported by one former season-ticket holder were at $2,700 apiece.
• Gophers football's appearance in the Citrus Bowl was responsible for the school's fundraising campaign going from $60 million to a little more than $75 million.
• Jedd Fisch, the Gophers offensive coordinator in 2009 under Tim Brewster, was named passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Michigan. Fisch was fired after two seasons as Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator.
• Ex-Vikings coach Mike Tice is leaving as Falcons offensive line coach to join the Raiders in the same job. He is rejoining new Oakland coach and former Vikings teammate Jack Del Rio.