Gophers football players Brevyn Spann-Ford (left) and Seth Green held signs at the protest on the I-35W bridge Sunday in Minneapolis.

Gophers football players tackle a history of racism

Many former and current Gophers football players have grown up accepting racism as commonplace. But in the wake of George Floyd's death, they've decided now is the time to say: enough.

Pitino: Coaches must be 'upfront and honest' about race with players

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Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino
More than anything, Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino understands from talking to his players since George Floyd's death that they want to do something of substance and value to make change.

Souhan: Gophers assistant Thibault-DuDonis has family of coaches to lean on

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The Gophers huddled up around coach Lindsay Whalen, center, at the conclusion of practice in September.
"Family" isn't a coaching cliché for Gophers women's basketball assistant Carly Thibault-DuDonis. Her father is in the WNBA and her husband is the head coach at Wisconsin-River Falls.
Gophers
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Ishmael El-Amin (5) played high school basketball at Hopkins.

Ex-Hopkins star El-Amin leading protest tonight at Ball State

The son of former Minneapolis North and UConn star Khalid El-Amin has become a leading activist on the Indiana school's campus.
TV & Media
June 4
Mike Max interviews protesters at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 31. Protesters were surrounded by MPD and arrested in a

How WCCO sports anchor Mike Max became a frontline reporter at the George Floyd protests

During the crisis, WCCO sports director Mike Max has shown he can cover civil unrest as well as any hard-news reporter. Maybe even better.
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
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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.
Gophers
June 4
September 7, 1980: Gophers football players William Humphries, Ken Dallafior, Kent Penovlch and Ed Olson. Bob Rohde, the team’s weight-training

Reusse: Longtime Gophers strength coach weighs in on way to retirement

Bob Rohde will retire Friday a couple of months short of 41 years with the Gophers. He was hired for football, although all athletes could use the weightlifting room at the Bierman Building. And they did.
Gophers
June 3
The Gophers' John Pohl notched three points in the 2002 NCAA hockey championship game.

Our favorite games: Two overtime thrillers for Gophers hockey

The Gophers hockey team ended 23 years of near-miss frustration in 2002 by beating Maine in the Frozen Four. In 2008, Alex Kangas out-dueled Mike Zacharias in a tense WCHA playoff take-all game.
Gophers
June 2

Former U basketball player named coach at Benilde-St. Margaret's

Damian Johnson -- who played for the Gophers from 2006-10 -- coached at North St. Paul for three seasons, going 57-25, including 18-9 this season.
Gophers
June 1
Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer Both Gach, a former Austin standout, announced his top five schools Monday, which included the Gophers. The 6-7 Gach could pursue an NCAA waiver to play immediately in 2020-21.
Gophers
June 1
Gophers players from the 1997 Final Four run (from left): center John Thomas, point guard Eric Harris, guard/forward Quincy Lewis and guard Bobby Jack

Our favorite games: Gophers take out Clemson in Jackson's greatest game

This is Part 1 of a series in which members of the Star Tribune sports staff write about the favorite games they've covered. We're starting with college basketball.
Gophers
June 1
Gophers head coach PJ Fleck

U football adds defensive end as 18th member of 2021 recruiting class

Austin Booker is a three-star recruit from Indiana.
Gophers
May 31
Former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Brady Lamb, right, with his wife Lizz and 3-month-old son Callaghan in Augsburg, Germany. Brady plays for the Augsb

Stuck in holding pattern, ex-UMD hockey star and family persevere

Border closure is keeping former Bulldogs star from introducing son to Minnesota relatives.
Gophers
May 31
“It’s certainly been challenging. But these are challenging times for everyone.” Macalester QB Grady Munro (of Canada)

Playbook goes south: Macalester QB riding out pandemic in Florida

As international teammates scattered, Grady Munro, a Canadian, relocated to Ponte Vedra, Fla., living at his uncle's house. "At least I'm with family," he said, "rather than in the dorm alone."
Gophers
May 29
Alabama Huntsville will play hockey in 2020-21 after all.

Alabama Huntsville reverses course, will keep hockey

A grassroots fundraising campaign raised $750,000, enabling the Chargers to continue playing for the 2020-21 season. More work needs to be done for the program to have a longer-term future.
Gophers
May 29
Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Pitino on a return to campus: 'Most important thing is safety'

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino talked Thursday during a Strib Live virtual town hall about player safety returning to campus and how the pandemic could change his sport.
Gophers
May 29
Town Hall: Reeve, Pitino, Falvey discuss Floyd's death, ensuing unrest

Town Hall: Reeve, Pitino, Falvey discuss Floyd's death, ensuing unrest

The death of George Floyd was discussed during a Strib Live virtual town hall featuring Lynx GM/coach Cheryl Reeve, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino.
Gophers
May 29
Former Gophers hockey player and current broadcaster Pat Micheletti.

For former U star Pat Micheletti, a very happy anniversary

Five years ago this week, the former Gophers great underwent a kidney transplant, receiving a new organ from his brother, Jerry.
Gophers
May 29
North Dakota State defensive back Marcus Williams (1), who played high school football for Hopkins, scored after a pass interception against the Gophe

Pandemic football audible: What if Gophers played North Dakota State?

If the college football schedule is thrown into disarray by COVID-19 based travel restrictions, could Minnesota and North Dakota State put on a hastily planned game (or two)?
Duluth
May 28
Macalester is returning to the MIAC after 20 years away and St. Scholastica will join after leaving the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

MIAC overhaul: Mac back in football; St. Scholastica joining league

A year after forcing out one of the league's founding members, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is bringing back an old friend to play football and adding a newcomer to join for all sports
Vikings
May 26
Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
Outdoors
May 26
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Mailbag: Star Tribune sports editors answer your questions this week

Have a question about how and why we do the things we do? The Star Tribune's sports editors will be answering your questions in this week's mailbag.
Gophers
May 26
It is hard to imagine 100,000 people in attendance at a college football game this fall, such as when Michigan played host to Army last September. But

Scoggins: Hope for college football, but there's still much to navigate

College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks and universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall.
Gophers
May 25
TCF Bank Stadiium.

Texas defensive tackle Albert Regis decommits from the Gophers

The Gophers class now stands at 17 members, ranking in the top 10 in the country and top three in the Big Ten conference, per 247Sports.com.