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Saturday was supposed to be the Gophers spring football game, a chance for new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. to show his stuff in front of a TCF Bank Stadium crowd amped after an 11-2 season.
When the coronavirus forced all sports to cease in early March, after only a week of spring football practices, Tanner Morgan and his family adjusted on the fly to keep the All-Big Ten second-team quarterback ready.
Fiser, whose 31-9 season with a 1.27 ERA and 346 strikeouts helped the Gophers to the Women's College World Series last year, had her senior season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
How this decision actually will play out is complicated because there are decisions that need to be made by both the athletes and their schools.
Mounds Park Academy senior now one of state's top high school skiers and runners.
Spring football offered promise, but that's on hold.
Most Gophers football players are at their homes and could stay there through the end of the semester, since the university has moved all classes to online instruction.
From franchises to vendors, the economic effects will be widespread.
Gophers sports teams are competing this week in Indiana, Hawaii, Louisiana, Tennessee, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania.
The Gophers couldn't contain their feelings Sunday, after surmounting a bleak recent few weeks to advance in the Big Ten tournament in front of a tiny crowd at Mariucci.
A crowd of around 2,000 is all that showed up to see the Gophers lose 1-0, meaning their season is on the line. They must win Saturday and Sunday to advance.
Coach P.J. Fleck explained how the plant can take years to reach its full height, sometimes as tall as 100 feet. The Gophers sprouted last year during an 11-2 season and intend to keep climbing.
From movie quotes to pregame rituals to sensational goals, sophomores Blake McLaughlin and Sammy Walker have weathered the ups and downs of their Gophers careers at each other's sides — literally.
New Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, who was in Minneapolis on Tuesday, said he will focus on student-athletes and eyes a stronger hockey presence.
After an 11-2 season and Outback Bowl victory, interest in the team's NFL prospects is on the rise. Here's a look at the four Gophers who are hoping to improve their NFL chances at this week's combine.
The Gophers saw their six-game winning streak end, losing just their second game of the second half.
The Gophers scored 71 seconds into the game, and have now won eight of the past nine since beginning the second half of the season.
The Board of Regents are scheduled to review the contract of Mike Sanford Jr., hired as offensive coordinator, at next week's meeting.
The Gophers head into this weekend's Michigan State series riding a five-game winning streak. They have climbed to No. 18 in the PairWise and are just one point out of first place in the Big Ten.
Cornerback Kiondre Thomas will be a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining.
Even after a recent surge in points and a spot on the Gophers' top line, 21-year-old Ben Meyers still embraces his status in the hockey hierarchy: "I'm still loading the bus."
The Gophers scored four-consecutive goals in front of their home crowd and beat the No. 6 Buckeyes 6-3.
Sampo Ranta, a sophomore from Finland, has used his 6-2, 205-pound frame to be more physical this season, which has made him harder for opponents to play.
Saturday's game of this big WCHA series will be outdoors - the first time since Hockey Day Minnesota began in 2007 the Gophers women's team will be part of the event's TV coverage.
When last seen, Minnesota won the Mariucci Classic with two steppingstone wins.
With the Gophers offense returning all but two starters next year and having scored 443 points in an 11-2 season, new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. isn't about to overhaul the system.
Sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was a unanimous first-team All-America selection and will forego his final two seasons of college eligibility.
The Gophers football program will need to prove this season wasn't a fluke if they want to keep the national attention gained from 2019.
New offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr., 37, already has extensive coaching experience. He was head coach at Western Kentucky in 2017-18, and also worked as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame
Tyler Johnson and interim offensive coordinator Matt Simon weren't the only ones who boosted their profiles.
Minnesota takes control early, aided by a huge day from receiver Tyler Johnson -- 12 catches, 204 yards, two TDs -- for the 31-24 Jan. 1 bowl game win.
After gaining 224 yards and being named MVP in last year's Quick Lane Bowl, Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 140 yards and a touchdown against Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
Gophers fans have invaded the area, spotted everywhere from the beach to the city streets to the team's hotel lobby, which was in full-swing happy hour mode Tuesday.
The first meeting between the Gophers and Auburn provides Minnesota a chance for a statement win against an SEC power.
With the No. 16 Gophers playing No. 9 Auburn in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday, the star receiver espouses one of the sources of his power -- Zaxby's chicken -- while also crediting his fellow receivers for being dangerous targets.
The players enjoyed some fun in the sun at Clearwater Beach.
Senior defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere isn't sure what the next chapter in his life will look like after Wednesday's Outback Bowl against Auburn.
Derrick Brown, an Auburn team captain and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, stayed true to his school.
Shifting coordinator positions are nothing new on P.J. Fleck's staff.
The sophomore had surgery last week and had his left arm in a cast.
The Tigers defense will try to prevent Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan from throwing deep to the two 1,000-yard receivers.
Five-time cancer survivor Casey O'Brien joined other Gophers in visiting a hospital in Tampa while the team prepares to face Auburn in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
Kirk Ciarrocca's exit leaves receivers coach Matt Simon in charge, though head coach P.J. Fleck will play a larger role.
P.J. Fleck said he's already started the process of finding a replacement for offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who is going to rival Penn State. "I know a lot of people," Fleck said.
The buildup before taking on Auburn will include a strong vacation vibe, too.
The Gophers coach also said injured quarterback Zack Annexstad won't be ready to return for the bowl game.
Jah Joyner and Jalen Logan-Redding were surprise adds to the Gophers' recruiting class, which ranks 32nd nationally and ninth in the Big Ten.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said because this is a big class — also with two walk-ons — he's confident in the depth, so he might not have to take a handful of transfers as he did last season.
After committing to Minnesota, many of the newest Gophers football players have stayed together through social media and group chats, in addition to reuniting for the Wisconsin game to experience "College GameDay."
He joins Greg Schiano in returning to the Scarlet Knights.
P.J. Fleck gave the players this past week off to digest the season while the staff recruited before returning to practice Sunday.
The teams have never met, but Minnesota knows the name and the challenges that Auburn will present in the Outback Bowl. "The level of our bowl game has completely changed," coach P.J. Fleck.said,
In a season of ups (Gophers, Indiana) and downs (Michigan State, Northwestern), Ohio State and Wisconsin stayed on course.
More expectation will fall on the Gophers next season as they return nine of 11 starters on offense. But graduation will sap the defense of six impact players. How are things shaping up?
Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson were honored Wednesday as first-team picks, along with Tanner Morgan and Rodney Smith as All-Big Ten Second Team picks.
The split decision didn't sound like it bothered Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, who said: "When it comes from your peers, it means a heck of a lot more."
Gophers players and fans have a month to rinse the sour taste out of their mouths from Saturday's loss to Wisconsin. But there's still a payoff ahead for the 10-2 season.
P.J. Fleck said the team planned to use its heavy package that features all six O-linemen on the field at the same time, but that fizzled when 6-9, 400-pound Daniel Faalele left injured and did not return.
Many who stayed through coaching changes and uncertainty will play their final game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, capping an unprecedented regular season with a chance at the Big Ten Championship Game.
Minnesota will also be the fourth school this year making its debut on the popular TV show, which started in 1993.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks endured two major injuries, an arrest and his mother's death. The events nearly took him out of football but he is is ending his Gophers career with the best season in decades.
Weather forecasts predict another couple inches of snow to accumulate in the Twin Cities throughout Friday and Saturday with highs in the 30s for the game.
Beating the Badgers for the first time in 14 years last season was a sea-change moment, but nothing like what will could place at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday if Minnesota wins.
Casey O'Brien, who made his college debut as a holder last month, announced that he has a spot in one of his lungs
In Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman, the Gophers have two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season. And they're catching passes from a record-setting quarterback.
The Gophers and Badgers are 60-60-8 in their storied football rivalry for Paul Bunyan's Axe and next week they play for the Big Ten West title. There's added motivation, too: ESPN's 'College GameDay' is coming .
Northwestern's Ryan Field, the smallest stadium in the Big Ten conference with a 47,000 capacity, managed an announced attendance of only 30,246 on Saturday.
He's made key plays in limited offensive snaps.
Gophers fans anticipating a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game might want to pay some attention to Saturday's Penn State-Ohio State game.
One was a starter at Eden Prairie, the other made his prep debut in front of 10,000 fans in Texas. Either Cole Kramer and Jacob Clark will start at Northwestern if Tanner Morgan can't play.
Quarterback Tanner Morgan's availability on Saturday will depend on how quickly he proceeds through the steps in the concussion protocol the Gophers athletics department uses.
Minnesota climbed to No. 8 last week but dropped after taking its first loss of the season.
The Gophers redshirt sophomore quarterback left Saturday's Iowa loss during the final series with a possible concussion.
Freshman running back Cam Wiley played his second game at Iowa as a kick returner and running back, and he might get only two more this season as coach P.J. Fleck tries to preserve a redshirt year for him.
"This season could go two ways," linebacker Thomas Barber said about Saturday's loss at Iowa. "We can end up losing the next two. Or having this be a wake-up call for us."