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New University of Minnesota Volleyball head coach Keegan Cook speaks at a press conference introducing him on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at Maturi Pavilion

U volleyball continues to close the border, lands top in-state recruit for '26

Elena Hoecke is a standout middle blocker from Centennial, part of the U.S. U-19 national team, and has ties with the Gophers' current and future roster.

Ex-Gopher Sarah Bacon leads women's 3-meter springboard at US diving trials, bidding for 2nd Olympic event

June 20
Former Gopher Sarah Bacon, pictured competing at the world championships in 2022, leads the women's 3-meter springboard after Thursday's semifinals at
Sarah Bacon led women's 3-meter springboard and Carson Tyler topped men's 10-meter platform after the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic diving trials on Thursday.

Gophers' Fleck goes big — and goes West — with his 2025 recruiting class

June 18
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck is rounding out his 2025 recruiting class this summer.
The Gophers reeled in 13 verbal commitments over two 'Summer Splash' weekends, adding more linemen and more recruits from the West.
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June 18
Tommy Ahneman, a center from Fargo who is North Dakota's top recruit and a target of the Gophers, is transferring to Cretin-Derham Hall.

Reusse: There's legend behind tall transfer to Cretin-Derham Hall

Tommy Ahneman's mother was a Hastings athlete, and his grandpa was a Hall of Famer at St. Cloud State. Tommy's being recruited by the Gophers, but first he'll spend his last high school year surrounded by other talented transfers.
June 18
Forest Lake's Howie Johnson finishes third at the state meet in the shot put on June 6.

Gophers football gets 2026 commitment from Forest Lake's Johnson

Forest Lake defensive tackle Howie Johnson is the No. 2-ranked recruit in Minnesota after having a standout sophomore season.
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June 18
Sarah Bacon, in 2019.

Former Gophers diver Sarah Bacon qualifies for the Paris Olympics

Sarah Bacon, five-time NCAA champion for the Gophers, partnered with Kassidy Cook to claim a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the 3-meter synchronized springboard event.
June 17
Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson went 19-15 last season, advancing to the NIT's second round.

U returnees Garcia, Fox and Mitchell provide needed stability

Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson has several newcomers at summer practice, but three returning players — Dawson Garcia, Parker Fox and Mike Mitchell Jr. — provide a steady foundation.
June 16
Gophers players huddled before last year's season opener against Nebraska.

U football receives pledges from six in key recruiting weekend

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck and his staff secured commitments from two offensive linemen, a defensive lineman, a linebacker, a running back and a wide receiver.
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June 15
New Gophers baseball coach Ty McDevitt.

Gophers baseball promotes Alec Crawford to pitching coach

The former Gophers pitcher had been on the coaching staff under Ty McDevitt for the past two seasons.
June 15
The Cupitos from left: mom Carly, Minnehaha Academy grad Callie, Ava, Jack, Carter and dad Bryan.

Reusse: Years later, former Gophers QB still enjoying Minneapolis life as a dad

Long after his days in maroon and gold, Bryan Cupito is a busy father of four and a volunteer leader for the Phelps Falcons in southeast Minneapolis.
June 12
Elise McGhie (10) of Minnesota serves in the fourth set Tuesday, August 29, 2023, Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • carlos.g

2024 U volleyball schedule: Cook eyes future Big Ten tourney

It's a new era of Big Ten volleyball as the Gophers schedule USC, UCLA, Washington and Oregon in conference play. They'll also get home-and-away matches with Wisconsin.
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State college sports News, live video, more: Keep up with Minnesota's D-II and D-III teams
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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.
June 11
Wisconsin coach Luke Fickell had defensive lineman Torin Pettaway in the Badgers' fold, lost him and now has him back.

Wisconsin re-flips a Gophers football commit to Badgers' side

Torin Pettaway originally picked Wisconsin, then Minnesota, and now Wisconsin again after taking part in the Gophers' "Summer Splash" recruiting weekend.
June 11
Minnesota forward Grace Zumwinkle, shown scoring in Game 3 of the PWHL finals against Boston, was named the league's rookie of the year on Tuesday.

Former Gophers star Zumwinkle named PWHL rookie of the year

Grace Zumwinkle, an Excelsior native who delivered a hat trick in Minnesota's home opener, was a third-round selection in the 2023 PWHL draft.
June 11
Lu'Cye Patterson, a transfer from Charlotte who played at Minnesota Prep Academy, returned home this summer to play for the Gophers next season.

Patterson looks to lead Gophers the way he led at Minnesota Prep Academy

When Lu'Cye Patterson hit the transfer portal, ready to leave Charlotte, there was only one place he wanted to play.
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June 10
Gophers freshman Kellen Ryan dismounts from the high bar during practice Monday, April 25, 2022 at Cooke Hall in Minneapolis, Minn.. One season after

After nine decades, U men's gymnastics leaves its longtime home

It's been a rough few years for men's gymnastics at Minnesota. They lost Division I status in 2020 and now need to move out of their practice facility in Cooke Hall.
June 9
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck will be host to more than 30 recruits during the team's "Summer Splash'' weekends.

Gophers land four-star receiver among six commitments

Bradley Martino from Naples, Fla., committed to Minnesota during a key recruiting weekend.
June 9
Gophers incoming freshman Koi Perich unpacks his clothes at his new apartment in Dinkytown on Wednesday.

Gophers' prized recruit Perich arrives in Dinkytown ready to rock

A hamstring injury prevent Koi Perich from participating in the state track and field meet, but he's eager to get started with the Gophers.
June 8
Gophers senior thrower Shelby Frank shows off her form last month.

Gophers' Frank earns fifth first-team All-America honor, finishes fourth in discus

Shelby Frank is the second thrower in Gophers history to be named a first-team All-America five times.
June 7
Natalie Darwitz speaks during a celebration at Xcel Energy Center on May 31 for PWHL Minnesota winning the Walter Cup over Boston.

Darwitz out as PWHL Minnesota's GM after clash with head coach

Natalie Darwitz built PWHL Minnesota into a champion but is out as GM after a clash with the team's head coach, according to a league source.
June 7
The Gophers student section cheered before Thursday's game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.    ] AARON LAVINSKY •

Scoggins: U will have to pay Gophers athletes. How will that work?

AD Mark Coyle, coaches and staff are trying to figure that out even before a historic decision is rendered.
June 7
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck is in a crucial stage of the recruiting year.

Gophers land commitment from Tarawallie, the second-ranked in-state recruit

Abu Tarawallie, a defensive lineman from Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, had Michigan State, Kansas State and Wisconsin as his other finalists.
June 7
The state of Minnesota will be featured on the outside collar of all three jerseys. (Photo courtesy University of Minnesota)

Gophers football team unveils 2024 uniforms, adding stripes and a few other changes

The Gophers new football uniforms are the team's first significant change to its look since 2018.
June 7
Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson is working on his 2025 recruiting class.

Gophers offer hoops scholarship to rising 6-11 recruit from West Fargo

After North Dakota's player of the year had a breakout spring in AAU with Howard Pulley, his first unofficial visit came with the Gophers this week.