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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McDonald won't play in Gophers' bowl game

Posted by: Phil Miller under College football, Bowl games, Gophers disciplinary action Updated: December 24, 2012 - 3:34 PM

Gophers freshman receiver Andre McDonald will not play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Friday because of a violation of team policy.

Coach Jerry Kill made the announcement this afternoon in a press release.

McDonald has 10 catches for 121 yards this season.

The Gophers' opponent, Texas Tech, will be missing three players on Friday.

The Red Raiders say the players violated undisclosed team rules.

Suspended are starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, special teams player Chris Payne and reserve defensive lineman Leon Mackey.

Chris Thomsen is the Red Raiders' interim head coach after Tommy Tuberville left to go to Cincinnati three weeks ago. Thomsen will lead the Raiders on Friday even though Kliff Kingsbury has been hired as Tuberville's successor for next season.

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