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 offer fans up-close access to practice, team meetings and training table -- for $2,000

Posted by: Joe Christensen under College football, Gopher coaches Updated: April 16, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Gophers coach Jerry Kill is offering 25 fans up-close access to the team during fall camp -- including practices, team meals and position meetings -- at a cost of $2,000.

The Gophers announced today that they'll be hosting their first "Boys of Fall Elite Camp" from Aug. 1-3 -- the first three days of fall camp.

The release says, "In addition to getting to know the team and staff on a personal level, attendees will also have unfiltered access to the day-to-day operations of a Big Ten football program.

"Campers will receive an in-depth look at Coach Kill’s offensive, defensive and special team’s philosophy and will be able to attend all team, position and special teams meetings with student-athletes and coaches. Attendees will also attend practice each day and will partake in the team’s training table. Each person who attends will also receive gifts, athletic gear and will eligible for raffle prizes."

The camp will be limited to 25 participants. It costs $2,000. The web site says, "Your financial support will assist in the enhancements of our football program." For more information, click here.

Boy's of Fall Elite Camp

Starts: 5 p.m., Aug. 1
Ends: 2 p.m., Aug. 3
Cost: $2,000 ($500 non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Total Participants: 25
Deadline To Register: July 1, 2014

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