Former Gophers offensive coordinator Jay Johnson has been hired as an offensive analyst at Georgia, Johnson confirmed Friday night.

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A Lakeville native, Johnson returned to Minnesota last year and had a one-season stint as the Gophers offensive coordinator. After averaging 22.5 points per game in 2015, the Gophers increased that total to 29.3 under Johnson, who had previously worked at Louisiana-Lafayette and a host of other schools.

The Gophers finished 9-4 last season, but athletic director Mark Coyle fired Johnson, along with head coach Tracy Claeys and the rest of the coaching staff in January.

At Georgia, Johnson will be working under head coach Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

Joe Christensen

Gophers in fourth place in Big Ten swimming

Jakub Maly placed second in the 400 individual medley for the second year in a row, and the Gophers men's swimming and diving team was in fourth place with 551 points heading into Saturday's final day of the Big Ten meet in Columbus, Ohio.

Conner McHugh and Eric Sande turned in the two fastest 100-yard breaststroke times in Gophers history. McHugh already had broken his own program record in prelims, and followed up with a fourth-place 52.44 in finals. Sande was fifth in 52.52. The Gophers also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:17.68 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Indiana leads the meet with 999 points. Ohio State and Michigan are second and third with 939.5 and 923.5 points, respectively.

U softball goes to 11-0

The Gophers recorded a season-high 14 hits with a 10-1, five-inning victory over California-Davis, then beat host Fresno State 9-2 at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif.

Danielle Parlich, MaKenna Partain and Sydney Dwyer all had three hits in the opener, in which the Gophers (11-0) totaled a season-high 14. Partain and Dwyer each had three RBI, and Allie Arneson hit her second homer. Dwyer added three hits, including a homer, and three RBI in the second game.


•St. Thomas got two goals from Kathryn Larson and beat Hamline 6-1 in the MIAC women's hockey quarterfinals. The Tommies will play No. 1 Gustavus on Saturday.

•The Gophers men's track and field team got a second place from its distance medley relay and a third place from Glen Harold in the pole vault on the first day of the Big Ten meet in Geneva, Ohio.