Gophers
October 27
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz

Wisconsin football game vs. Nebraska might be in jeopardy

Wisconsin's game at Nebraska this weekend has had some doubt cast over it due to the Badgers being hit hard by COVID-19.
Coronavirus
October 27
Angie Stransky, a nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System, tested Minnesota State Mankato hockey player Ryan Edquist for COVID-19 last week.

D-II, D-III sports restart could rest on NCAA testing rules decision

If the NCAA mandates that colleges test athletes three times per week, Minnesota schools will need to figure our how to get access and pay for thousands of tests.
Gophers
October 27
COVID-19 concerns hovered over (clockwise from top) the Gophers, Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. And it's only Week 2.

Scoggins: Things may get weird, but it's good to have college football back

Every scout team member is a potential starter. The No. 3 quarterback might be running onto the field at some point. It's not ideal, but this is what we wanted.
Gophers
October 26
Carleton had previously canceled football and other fall sports.

Carleton becomes first MIAC school to cancel winter sports

In a news release, Carleton officials said restricting off-campus travel and outside visitors has helped limit COVID-19's "direct impact'' on campus this fall.
Gophers
October 26

How the pandemic has rippled through Minnesota State Mankato's sports budget

Like every person in his position, Minnesota State Mankato athletic director Kevin Buisman is trying to decipher how to cover the added expense of COVID-19 testing within the context of revenue shortfalls from sports being postponed until 2021.
Gophers
October 26
The Arizona basketball program of coach Sean Miller has received a formal notice of allegations from the NCAA -- nine counts of misconduct, including

Arizona basketball accused of five Level I violations by NCAA

The violations include a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university, and lack of head coach control by basketball coach Sean Miller.
Gophers
October 22
The Little Brown Jug was on a pedestal at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014.

In 1918, Little Brown Jug rivalry navigated a pandemic — and war

As the Gophers prepare to face Michigan on Saturday in a season opener delayed by COVID-19, this 104th installment of the rivalry offers a chance to look back to another time college football faced a pandemic.
Gophers
October 22
Waseca's Andrew Morgan, right, in 2019.

Pandemic puts no-look into Minnesota prep basketball recruiting

Getting noticed by coaches has been tougher for top recruits, including many who have found it harder to attract top scholarship offers after NCAA rule changes wrought by COVID-19 concern.
Gophers
October 22
Jim Harbaugh has guided Michigan to a 2-0 record against the Gophers, with wins in 2015 and 2017.

Gophers' first test comes against a dissatisfied Michigan bunch

Wolverines players are restless, knowing more has been expected in the program's five seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh.
High Schools
October 21

Top boys' basketball seniors in Minnesota

Star Tribune college basketball writer Marcus Fuller's top 10 Minnesota boys' basketball players in class of 2021.
High Schools
October 21

Three key basketball recruiting changes during the pandemic

Among the changes, Division I basketball coaches lost their contact and in-person evaluation period during the spring, summer and fall
Gophers
October 21
Quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields will be back to lead Ohio State in its quest for a national title.

This will be a Big Ten football season like no other

The pandemic, jumbled schedules and social justice issues will combine to make 2020 unique.
Gophers
October 20
Minnesota Duluth center Jared Thomas celebrated a goal during the 2018 Frozen Four.

UMD, St. Cloud State going to Omaha for three-week college hockey pod

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference plans a 26-game season, starting Dec. 1 with all of its teams gathering for 10 games in a three-week period.
Gophers
October 20
Big Ten football teams such as the Gophers are getting a late start to the 2020 season, but that ends this week. The Gophers open at TCF Bank Stadium

Scoggins: Gophers, Big Ten about to join football's season of chaos

"This is a completely different animal," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "It's preparing for ghosts, preparing for the unknown. You just have to be ready for it."
Gophers
October 19
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has thrown for 996 yards and 14 touchdowns in three games.

Chip Scoggins' 20 thoughts on the 2020 college football season

Welcome to the weirdest college football season on record.
Sports
October 19

Purdue football coach Brohm to miss season opener vs. Iowa

On Monday, Brohm announced he had contracted the coronavirus after having two positive COVID-19 tests.
Gophers
October 17
TCU wide receiver JD Spielman (10) ran around Texas linebacker Cort Jaquess (57) in their Oct. 3 matchup.

Ex-Eden Prairie star Spielman: No regrets about leaving Nebraska

Critics point to JD Spielman's slow start in TCU's first three games (five catches for 55 yards total) as a reason he made a mistake leaving Lincoln. But Spielman has no regrets on his decision to transfer in June.
Sports
October 14

Alabama's Nick Saban says he has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptons; AD Greg Byrne also has positive test

Alabama's Nick Saban says he has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptons; AD Greg Byrne also has positive test.
Gophers
October 14
Florida football latest to learn: Don't tempt fate with coronavirus

Florida football latest to learn: Don't tempt fate with coronavirus

The sequence of events at the University of Florida is such that even Shakespeare would have a hard time deciding whether it is a comedy, a tragedy or simply history.
Gophers
October 9
Houston linebacker Grant Stuard (0) celebrates a sack on Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt (7) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football ga

Virus touches college football, from upending schedules to making coaches ill

Houston went through five different prospective opponents before finally playing Tulane in its season opener.