Gophers alum Lindsay Whalen is applauding the shift in culture she's noticed at her alma mater.

Whalen, the Lynx star who was part of Tuesday's 2019 Final Four planning ceremony in Minneapolis, said, "I think everything is moving on and moving upward, and as an alum that's all you can ask."

The former women's basketball All-America and arguably the program's best all-time player said she closely followed news of the Gophers football scandal and the university's action and has noticed the impact athletic director Mark Coyle has had in his first year.

"It seems like [the university is] doing a lot. They got the new athletic complex center for athletes. I think they are just trying to change the culture and trying to be successful on the court and successful off the court, too," Whalen said. "[Success] in the classroom and the community has been a big emphasis from the new AD Mark Coyle and you can see that just with everything that they're doing over there."