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Gophers unveil new uniforms for 2018 season

A chrome gold helmet. An oar as the center stripe on helmets. And a deeper shade of gold.

Those are three of the features of the Gophers football uniforms for the 2018 season. The team unveiled the new uniforms at 6 a.m. Tuesday with former Gophers Dom Barber, Marqueis Gray and Maxx Williams donning the Nike threads. Coach P.J. Fleck's "Row the Boat" mantra is prominent in the uniforms' design.

Here are the options that the Gophers will be wearing in the 2018 season, starting Aug. 30 in the season opener against New Mexico State at TCF Bank Stadium:


Minnesota will have three jersey options -- maroon, white and anthracite (a shade of gray). The maroon and anthracite jerseys will have white numbers trimmed in gold and a nameplate with the player's last name in gold. The white jerseys will have maroon numbers trimmed in gold, plus the player's last name in gold.

In addition, a pattern of an oar, boat and compass is featured on the numbers and collar. This is similar to the "brick-by-brick"’ accents the Gophers used under previous coaches Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys.


The Gophers will have four pants from which to choose: maroon, white, gold and anthracite. The gold pants have a shade of gold that is a deeper than what the Gophers wore last year and resembles what they wore in the past. The block "M" logo will be on the front right of all four pants.


Minnesota will have three helmets: maroon, white and gold. The maroon and white helmets feature an oar as the center stripe and a compass with the player’s number inside on back, above the school’s "Ski-U-Mah"’ cheer at the base. The chrome gold helmet is the biggest change. It does not have the oar as the center stripe but does feature the compass with the player’s number. Minnesota’s traditional block “M’’ is on both sides of each helmet.

The Gophers worked with Nike and lead designer Josh Iverson to come up with the new uniforms. Iverson designed the team’s previous uniforms from 2012-17.

Fans can view the new uniforms at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. women’s basketball game against Indiana and Wednesday’s 8 p.m. men’s basketball game against Iowa, both at Williams Arena.

Fleck announces additions, new assignments to Gophers coaching staff

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck on Thursday officially announced additions and assignments to his coaching staff.

The additions are Marcus West as defensive line/pass rush specialist coach and Jahmile Addae as defensive backs coach. The new assignments are Brian Callahan, who coached Minnesota’s tight ends last year, to offensive line coach, and Clay Patterson, who was hired in January, as tight ends coach. Also, Daniel Ifft, a recruiting assistant last year, was named director of football operations.

West joins the Gophers after spending the past two years as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Austin Peay. He helped the Governors post an 8-4 record in 2017 after they were a combined 1-45 from 2013-16. Austin Peay went 8-1 against fellow FCS-level programs last year. Three of its losses were against FBS schools Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and unbeaten Central Florida. West replaces Bryce Paup, who reportedly left to pursue an NFL opportunity and no longer is listed on Minnesota's coaching staff.

Addae was Arizona’s defensive backs coach the past two seasons after serving as an analyst for the Wildcats in the previous three seasons. Arizona had 19 interceptions and 49 pass break-ups last season. Addae replaces Maurice Linguist, who left to become Texas A&M’s cornerbacks coach.

Callahan was Fleck’s offensive line coach at Western Michigan from 2013-16 and helped the Broncos to a 13-1 record and Cotton Bowl berth. Western Michigan averaged 41.6 points, rushed for 3,392 yards and 36 touchdowns and passed for 3,533 yards and 33 TDs with only 16 sacks allowed. Callahan replaces Ed Warinner, who left to become a senior offensive analyst at Michigan.

Patterson comes to Minnesota after being the head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M the past two seasons. The Norsemen improved from 5-5 in 2016 to 9-3 with a conference championship last year.