Count Gophers men’s basketball team officials as among the most interested weather-watchers Tuesday. The Gophers are scheduled to play a game Wednesday night in State College, Pa., where the much-hyped “super storm” is battering communities.
The storm was just starting to hit the East Coast on Monday. Gophers basketball spokesman Dan Reisig said the Gophers are “monitoring the weather but have no plans to change” their travel plans at this point.
The Gophers are scheduled to play Penn State at 6 p.m. Wednesday. According to the State College News, and more than 8 inches of snow was expected Monday — enough for the city to close schools. There is a winter weather advisory in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
U gets football recruit
The Gophers continued rounding out this year’s recruiting class Monday, when they got a commitment from Bryce Witham, a tight end from Grand Rapids (Mich.) West Catholic.
The 6-4, 240-pound Witham is a consensus three-star recruit who also had reported offers from Central Michigan, Southern Miss and Toledo.
Three skiers to compete
Jessie Diggins of Afton, Caitlin Gregg of Minneapolis and Kyle Bratrud of Eden Prairie are among 16 skiers named to the U.S. team that will compete at the Nordic skiing world championships in Falun, Sweden, Feb. 18-March 1.
Diggins is a 2014 Olympian and the defending champion in the team sprint with teammate Kikkan Randall. Gregg is a 2010 Olympian and four-time national champion, and Bratrud will make his debut at the world championships after winning the 15-kilometer freestyle at the U.S. championships earlier this month.
• North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Bison at least through the 2021 season, school officials announced Monday.
Klieman led the Bison to the Football Championship Subdivision title this past season, his first as head coach.
• Former St. Cloud State wrestling coach Jack Gause and former Huskies national champion Grant Nelson will be inducted into the Minnesota chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015.