Gophers coach Hugh McCutcheon will be inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 in Holyoke, Mass., the location of the sport’s birthplace.

He led the U.S. men’s national team to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the U.S. women’s team to silver in the 2012 Olympics in London.

McCutcheon called being part of the 2018 class of inductees a “humbling and profound honor. It’s quite surreal. In a profession that doesn’t allow for much looking back, this type of thing forces you to reflect and I just feel extremely grateful to all of the people that I’ve shared this journey with.”

U’s Smith up for running back award

Gophers senior Rodney Smith was named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

Smith has 3,850 all-purpose yards (2,805 rushing, 419 receiving and 626 kick returns) in his career and ranks eighth in school history.


• Two future Gophers wrestler placed in the Junior National Championships in Fargo this week. Brayton Lee of Brownsburg, Ind., took first at 152 pounds and Patrick McKee of St. Michael-Albertville third at 126.