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 plan to promote Sherels to linebackers coach

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher coaches Updated: March 3, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Former Gophers linebacker Mike Sherels already received one promotion this offseason. Now he’s about to be promoted again.

There were indications Monday that the Gophers plan to tab Sherels as the linebackers coach. The news was first reported by ESPN1500.

The Gophers were still finalizing the hire after opening a search to replace Bill Miller, who left to become the linebackers coach at Florida State.

Sherels played linebacker for the Gophers from 2004 to 2007, recording 219 tackles. The Rochester native is the only walk-on ever to be named a two-time captain.

He has worked for the Gophers since 2011 and spent last season as a defensive graduate assistant before being promoted to an assistant recruiting coordinator.

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