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U adds nonconference games to finalize '24, '25 football schedules

The Gophers have completed their 2024 and 2025 football schedules as of Friday.

The conference had previously released the team's nine-game Big Ten schedules, but the Gophers now added a trio of nonconference foes. They will face Rhode Island and Nevada at TCF Bank Stadium in 2024 before playing Buffalo at home in 2025.

This will be the first meeting with Rhode Island and Nevada for the Gophers and a chance to go 3-0 all-time against Buffalo. The Gophers most recently beat Buffalo 17-7 in 2017, coach P.J. Fleck's first game with the program.

Check out the full schedules here.

Also, the Gophers added a preferred walk-on to their 2020 class Friday.

Connor Keyes is a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio. He's also cousins with Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who also came out of Elder High School.

Gophers officially name Wilt as new defensive line coach



The Gophers officially hired a new defensive line coach Thursday.

Chad Wilt, who spent this past season in the same position at Cincinnati, brings nearly two decades of coaching experience with him to the Gophers in 2020. His hiring, first reported Wednesday night before a finalized deal, fills the hole Jim Panagos left when he departed for the same role at Rutgers a month ago. This is the Gophers fifth defensive line coach in as many seasons. 

Wilt previously coached D-line at Army West Point, Maryland, Ball State, Richmond, Virginia, Liberty and Central Connecticut State. But with the Bearcats in 2019, Wilt and the defense led the AAC in total defense, totaling 96 tackles for a loss and 31 sacks in an 11-win season. Cincinnati won the East division of its conference as well as their bowl game, finishing the season ranked No. 21. The team allowed just 138.6 rushing yards and 20.6 points per game.

The Carlisle, Pa., native will inherit a line that graduated three of four starters.