Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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Troy Stoudermire has been restored to the Gophers' roster, but he's not a wide receiver anymore.
Tim Brewster announced at his weekly press conference that Stoudermire, apologetic about a Facebook posting that declared his intention to quit the team, is back in uniform after a one-game suspension.
But the junior wideout, who had six catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception, in the Gophers' first three games, has switched back to cornerback, his original position in Minnesota. According to secondary coach Ronnie Lee, "he wanted to be back there, so we welcomed him. We can use him." Stoudermire practiced for the first time at his new/old position on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Stoudermire took to the forum he made headlines with last week -- his Facebook page -- to repair the damage of his "I'm no longer a Gopher" post. The junior's current Facebook post reads, "I apologize for my actions to my teammates, fans and coaches. I deeply regret letting my emotions get the best of me. I handled this situation incorrectly and realize the consequences of my actions. We are all here for one overall goal and that is to win championships. I hope we can move on from this and I will do anything to help my team win. I am proud to be a Gopher and let's go beat Northwestern!"
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