Rodney Smith played his last game as a Gopher on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl. In his senior season he rushed for 1,163 yards.

Gophers' Rodney Smith chasing NFL dream despite obstacles

Physical issues and the shutdown of sports by the COVID-19 epidemic have teamed up to hinder the Gophers running back in his goal of pursuing an NFL career.

U gets power forward transfer from Western Michigan; Willis leaves

7:13am
Brandon Johnson
On a busy day of changes for the Gophers men's basketball team, Richard Pitino landed one potential new starter Thursday and saw a starter from 2019-20 leave the program.

Four-star Arizona cornerback Steven Ortiz Jr. commits to Gophers

April 9
Four-star Arizona cornerback Steven Ortiz Jr. commits to Gophers
College football is in a recruiting dead period because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning a moratorium on recruiting travel. But Gophers staff have been conducting video chats and virtual tours.
Gophers
April 9

Potential starting lineup for the Gophers men's basketball team in 2020-21

Here's one look at the Gophers' starting five for next season.
Gophers
April 9

Rodney Smith's Gophers career at a glance

Rodney Smith set Gophers school records for all-purpose yards (5,441), kick return touchdowns (two) and longest kick return (100 yards).
News, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
State college sports News, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
updated 15 hours 17 mins. ago
Minnesota college sports goes well beyond the Gophers. Here's a guide to the conferences that include the state's Division II and Division III programs.
Gophers
April 9
TCF Bank Stadium

Scoggins: Gophers' athletic budget concerns signal restructuring of college sports

The COVID-19 pandemic already has taken a bite out of sports revenue in universities across the country. If it lingers long enough to eradicate the football season, colleges will face difficult decisions.
Gophers
April 9
Farmington’s Zac Janz, a junior running back, had all his spring travel plans nixed by the pandemic.

No-look recruiting: Canceled football camps leave prep prospects no place to go

Spring is prime time for high school football players to get noticed by college recruiters. But the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping athletes from showing off their skills and coaches from making the personal contact that can lead to scholarships.
Gophers
April 8
Dylan Samberg

UMD defenseman Dylan Samberg signs with Winnipeg Jets

The junior from Hermantown won two high school and two NCAA titles.
Gophers
April 8
Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine is an English major, shown here in a double exposure with an image of his journal in the background.

U's LaFontaine a goalie by day, meticulous journal keeper by night

Jack LaFontaine had a breakthrough season for the Gophers and tracked each step of his progress in a series of journals. "If you write it, you do it," he says.
Gophers
April 8
Andover defenseman Wyatt Kaiser, right, shot against Elk River goalie Josh Koziol during sectional play.

Gophers, Minnesota Duluth each have four recruits in NHL draft scouting rankings

Andover's Wyatt Kaiser, at No. 37, is the highest-ranked future Bulldog by NHL Central Scouting, while Brock Faber, of Maple Grove and the U.S. National Team Development Program, tops future Gophers at No. 44.
Coronavirus
April 8
Gophers fans filled TCF Bank Stadium for the team’s loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 30.

U faces potential $75 million sports hit; Coyle, others take pay cuts

Athletic director Mark Coyle and several Gophers head coaches and senior athletics administrators already have agreed to voluntary pay cuts of an unknown percentage.
Gophers
April 7
Minnesota Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin (21), linebacker Braelen Oliver (14) and defensive lineman Tai'yon Devers (12) celebrated a sack by Oliver i

Gophers football mailbag: Will the defense take a step back in 2020?

College football writer Megan Ryan answers your Gophers football questions, including her thoughts on recruiting, the 2020 season, longer-term goals for the team ... and food.
Gophers
April 7
University of Minnesota fans cheer on the women's gymnastics team.

U sports mailbag: Time to recognize women's gymnastics success?

A question about the contract status of the women's gymnastics staff and athletes who made an impact in the short spring season.
Gophers
April 7
Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard, stopping a shot against the Gophers in October, was seeking a third consecutive national title for the Bulldog

College hockey mailbag: Three-peats, mythical matchups and Olympic ice

We don't have the NCAA Frozen Four this week, but we still have a chance to talk hockey. Readers weighed in with some interesting questions.
Gophers
April 7
Improving Klarke Sconiers is expected to give the Gophers a boost at center in 2020-21.

U women's hoops mailbag: What does Whalen's 2020-21 team look like?

One thing we can say with some certainty: The Gophers will be much deeper in the post than they have been in Whalen's first two seasons. But what are their tournament chances?
Gophers
April 7
Drake's Liam Robbins, left, heads to the basket as Illinois State's Matt Chastain defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in

U men's hoops mailbag: The next center, transfers, Pitino's 2020 staff

Gophers hoops mailbag questions answered from out Star Tribune readers about Drake transfer Liam Robbins being eligible next season, if Kerwin Walton will be the next to commit to the program and more.
Gophers
April 7

Gophers punter plans to transfer; Winfield's brother leaves program

Gophers punter Tom Foley announced Tuesday on Twitter his intent to transfer after spending the 2019 season as a redshirt.
Vikings
April 6
Get to know the bosses, new and old, making decisions every day, games or not.

This way to the top: Who's running Minnesota's sports teams?

Even though games aren't being played, Minnesota sports executives are still making decisions that impact the teams we watch. Some names are familiar. Others aren't. Here's a look at the power structures for the state's pro teams and at the University of Minnesota
Gophers
April 6
Richard Pitino found the big man he was looking for to replace Daniel Oturu with Drake 7-footer Liam Robbins (21) announcing his commitment Sunday to

Gophers land 7-foot center Robbins from Drake

A day after announcing his transfer from Drake after two seasons, the 7-foot, 240-pound Robbins said Sunday night that he would join the Gophers.
Gophers
April 5
New offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr. during a Gophers spring football practice last month before the program was shut down.

Gophers work to master new coordinator's offense -- via remote

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.
Gophers
April 5
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is planning without panicking for whatever comes.

Scoggins: Fleck staying dynamic, connected - and safe - at home

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, never one to sit still for long, is making the most of being quarantined to his home during a vital part of the offseason. "We are a very creative staff," he said.
Gophers
April 4
Minnesota's Austin Hollins gestures after hitting a 3-point shot against UCLA in the 2013 Sweet 16.

Live now: Tubby, ex-Gophers on YouTube watching 2013 NCAA game

There's a video meet-up for former players and coach Tubby Smith at 6 p.m. tonight to watch the Gophers-UCLA game from the 2013 NCAA tournament. Watch along here.
Gophers
April 3
Virginia assistant coach Brad Soderberg flashed a smile as he walked into the Marquette Hotel following last year’s title game.

A win for Dad: Virginia assistant Soderberg relished chance to coach '19 Final Four

Brad Soderberg will never forget what it was like celebrating Virginia's NCAA men's basketball championship — and a year of redemption — last April surrounded by loved ones, including his late father.

Poll: How much do you miss live sports?

See more polls