Casey O'Brien spoke during a luncheon at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.

He beat cancer, now O'Brien aims to play for Gophers

Casey O'Brien, free of the cancer, never thought of giving up on Gophers football. "Whether I'm playing or just being around the game, it's something that's always been in my life," he said.

Axe is Fleck's latest motivational tool; Badgers don't see it that way

July 19
After 15 years Minnesota took back Paul Bunyan’s Axe with a victory at Camp Randall Stadium and gave the division foes’ rivalry a shot in the arm.
From P.J. Fleck's perspective, a 14-year drought caused Gophers fans to doubt that Paul Bunyon's Axe would ever return to Minnesota.

Wee hours change-of-heart kept U's offensive coordinator from leaving

July 19
Wee hours change-of-heart kept U's offensive coordinator from leaving
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca called Gophers coach P.J. Fleck late one night in January to tell him he was taking a job in West Virginia. A few hours later, they talked again. Fleck told what happened.
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July 19

WATCH: Casey O'Brien's speech at Big Ten Media Days

Casey O'Brien, who has beaten cancer four times since high school, gave the keynote speech on Friday at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.
Gophers
July 19
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

Five takeaways from Friday at Big Ten Media Days

Big Ten Media Days wrapped on Friday in Chicago but not without some headlines.
News, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
State college sports News, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
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Minnesota college sports goes well beyond the Gophers. Here's a guide to the conferences that include the state's Division II and Division III programs.
Gophers
July 19
The Gophers’ P.J. Fleck did not attract as much media attention as some other coaches did at Big Ten Media Days, but he was his energetic self as us

Young, scrappy, hungry: Fleck, Gophers out to prove 'experts' wrong

The Gophers were picked sixth in the Big Ten West by one preseason poll, and the team is using a mantra from the musical "Hamilton" for what their legacies could be.
Gophers
July 19

Donny Wichmann, ex-Augsburg wrestler, assistant coach, dies at 53

Former Augsburg wrestler and assistant coach Donny Wichmann died Tuesday. He was 53. He was a three-time MIAC champion and a Division III All-America…
Gophers
July 19
Outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany brought up the idea of dropping divisions after last season. The conference wants more of its teams in the Co

Big Ten football considers getting rid of East, West divisions

First, there was Legends and Leaders. Now, there is East and West. Soon, there will be … nothing? Why do some people think this would be a good idea?
Gophers
July 19
Casey O'Brien

Five takeaways from Thursday's Big Ten Football Media Day

What stood out from Day 1 in Chicago
Gophers
July 18
Gophers running back Ibrahim on what to expect from the offense

Gophers running back Ibrahim on what to expect from the offense

Mohamed Ibrahim on Thursday met with the media at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago
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July 18
Gophers receiver Johnson on Big Ten West expectations

Gophers receiver Johnson on Big Ten West expectations

Tyler Johnson on Thursday met with the media at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago
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July 18

Big Ten football media days: How to watch

Big Ten Network has more than 14 hours of programming over two days airing from Chicago.
Gophers
July 18
Ryan Day, Ohio State’s offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, is taking over a team that went 12-1 with a win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.

5 Big Ten Media Days story lines to watch for Gophers, others

Ohio State has a new head coach, and its rivals are hoping to pounce this season.
Gophers
July 18
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck and his players celebrated their 34-10 Quick Lane Bowl victory over Georgia Tech last Dec. 26 in Detroit.

No respect? Media picks Gophers football sixth in Big Ten West

Minnesota received one first-place vote out of 34 ballots, but Nebraska favored to win the West.
Gophers
July 16
Kendall Brown practiced with his D1 Minnesota Basketball AAU team last week in Eden Prairie.

East Ridge basketball star Brown leaving for Kansas prep school

Kendall Brown led East Ridge in scoring last season with 17.6 points per game and is the No. 2-ranked recruit in Minnesota in the Class of 2021 according to Minnesota Prep Hoops
Gophers
July 16
Hopkins guard Kerwin Walton sees interest soar after big AAU weekend

Hopkins guard Kerwin Walton sees interest soar after big AAU weekend

Hopkins guard and Gophers 2020 target Kerwin Walton, who hit 10 threes in a game Saturday, picked up more high-major offers after playing well for D1 Minnesota to begin July recruiting period.
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July 16
Redshirt freshman running back Edmonds medically retires from Gophers

Redshirt freshman running back Edmonds medically retires from Gophers

The Georgia native had yet to play a collegiate game.
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July 16
Recruiting picks up for Rochester's Gabe Madsen, but what about his twin?

Recruiting picks up for Rochester's Gabe Madsen, but what about his twin?

Senior guard Gabe Madsen picked up several more scholarship offers to start the July recruiting period, but will the Gophers or another high-major school also offer his twin brother, Mason?
Gophers
July 16

Reusse: Legendary St. Olaf swim coach 'Haucker' dies at 87

Dave Hauck died at 87 over the weekend in Northfield. He was among the Four Horsemen of St. Olaf coaches: Porter, Gelle, Dimick and Hauck.
Gophers
July 15
Flecks sponsor Camp Ronald McDonald: 'We're not here just to coach football'

Flecks sponsor Camp Ronald McDonald: 'We're not here just to coach football'

The couple personally sponsors the camp, which sets up fun activities for patients and their siblings during the summer.
Gophers
July 13
Joan Gabel’s work at Power Five schools groomed her for the challenges at Minnesota.

Scoggins: U president Gabel knows big-picture importance of Gophers sports

As she takes over the top post at a Big Ten school, Joan Gabel knows that her legacy will be defined in some measure by what happens on the athletic side.
Gophers
July 13
Sarah Bacon of the Gophers earned the silver medal in 1-meter diving at the World Championships.

Gophers diver Bacon places second in 1-meter diving at world meet

Sarah Bacon finished with 262.00 points, edging South Korea's Kim Suji by 4.8 points for the silver medal. China's Chen Yiwen took the gold with 285.45 points.
Gophers
July 12
Joan Gabel, the new University of Minnesota president, said mental-health issues are epidemic at U.S. universities.

U athletes seeking out more care for mental health issues

Between 30% and 40% of Gophers athletes used the athletic department's sports psychology services last school year, a university athletic official told the Board of Regents.