• Something P.J. Fleck can’t be looking forward to: In 2021, the Gophers football team will open the season on Sept. 4 with Ohio State at home. The Gophers follow that up with nonconference games vs. Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green at home and travel to Colorado. That’s got to be one of the toughest schedules to start the season they have had in a long time.
• According to Rivals.com, the Gophers already have commitments from two of the state’s top five football recruits for the Class of 2020 in Aaron Witt of Winona and Jonathan Mann of Rosemount. The other three top recruits who are not committed are all from Minnehaha Academy: Kaden Johnson, Jalen Suggs and Craig McDonald.
• U.S. Bank Stadium General Manager Patrick Talty, on attracting future Final Fours: “There are only so many stadiums that can host a Final Four, it’s a great community to have an event in and I think we would always be interested in finding another Final Four or bidding on those type of things.”
• Former Cooper basketball standout Rashad Vaughn, a first-round draft pick in 2015 of the Milwaukee Bucks, is trying to get back to the NBA with the 76ers’ G-League team. The 6-6 guard has not appeared in the NBA this season after playing 139 games over the previous three, averaging only 3.0 points per game.
• Former Gophers forward Reggie Lynch is playing professionally for BC Kalev in Latvia. Lynch is averaging 11.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
• Lester Bagley, Vikings executive vice president, said the five prep football games at the TCO Stadium in Eagan in 2018 went over extremely well and said the Vikings are looking forward to more events in 2019. “We’re going to discuss high school lacrosse and potentially hosting that out here, other sports, other events, but first and foremost we’re very happy with delivering the prep spotlight, five high school football games here in 2018.”