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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Gophers fans will have a chance to see for themselves how the football team looks early in training camp. New coach Jerry Kill will open the team's first 10 practices and a mid-camp scrimmage to the public, he announced Thursday, beginning Aug. 8.
The Gophers will hold 26 practices leading up to their Sept. 3 opener at Southern California, Kill's debut at Minnesota. From Aug. 8-12, practice will begin at 3:55 at the Gibson-Nagurski practice field, and fans will be allowed to attend. The two-a-day drills on Aug. 13 and 15 will also be open, beginning at 8:50 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. The Aug. 16 practice at TCF Bank Stadium, beginning at 9:50, is open, and a scrimmage in the stadium at 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 16 will also be staged in front of fans.
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