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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In hopes of attracting a few more students to football games, and rewarding those who already do, the Gophers are offering free hot dogs, chips and candy before Saturday's game with Iowa.
"Student Appreciation Day" was organized at the insistence of Gophers coach Jerry Kill "to try to hold [students] in there" during a difficult season, the coach said. "Those kids have been good to us and taking care of us, and you know, we're not doing very well," Kill said. "So I said, 'Let's reward them.' So we are just going to feed them lunch on game day. They deserve that."
Students are invited to enter TCF Bank Stadium beginning at 12:15 Saturday at Gate C. Kill will address the students at 12:20, and hot dogs, chips and candy will be served, free to students. The athletic department will have supplies for 4,000 students.
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