Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/5/12
It may cost Minnesota Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe a pretty penny if his team doesn't qualify for the NCAA Tournament this upcoming season. The fifth-year senior made the following pledge via Twitter on Saturday night in which he guarantees the Gophers will make the Big Dance or else he will refund his scholarship:That's a rather risky bet considering Minnesota missed the tournament in each of its past two seasons, and have qualified just three times overall since 1997. But that hasn't kept the former All-Big Ten performer from making bold projections for this campaign.Minnesota nearly made the Field of 68 last year after winning 23 games during the regular season. However, they settled for a NIT runner-up finish instead. The Gophers were forced to finish the majority of the year without the services of Mbakwe after he tore his ACL before the start of conference play. Having him healthy this go around should bode well in helping Minnesota return to tournament.But should the Gophers and Mbakwe fail to fulfill his pledge, he may be looking at a bill of around $30,000 for repayment if you include tuition, books, room and board, and other miscellaneous expenses. It is impossible to determine the precise value of an athletic scholarship at Minnesota, but it's safe to assume it isn't cheap.Now whether or not the school would make him repay all of that remains to be seen. Via The Dagger.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kobe Bryant: ‘I Was An Idiot When I Was A Kid’

Anthony Davis wants gold medal more than NBA MVP

Report: Ronda Rousey’s last fight topped 900,000 PPV buys

Rose issues statement denying sexual assault allegations

Giants’ rookie Tomlinson blasts a grand slam for first MLB home run

Coughlin treats training camp-weary Giants to ‘spa day’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wilson: Comments about miracle water ‘perceived wrong’

Ryan Mallett missed Texans practice after oversleeping

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Martavis Bryant reportedly failed multiple marijuana tests

Mortensen: Krafts called me to apologize amid Deflategate drama

Packers smart to sit Aaron Rodgers for rest of preseason

Is it safe to say Justin Verlander is officially back?

Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

John Elway talks up Colin Kaepernick: ‘I’ve always liked Colin’

Enrique Hernandez falls down trying to hit Aroldis Chapman pitch

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

WATCH: McElwain surprises six players with scholarships

LeBron James gives shout out to writer recovering from surgery

Frank Gore calls Andrew Luck ‘football God’

Eddie Royal joins the list of injured Bears receivers

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the shapeless Trail Blazers

Jim Harbaugh thought phone call from Michael Jordan was a prank

The Buffalo Sabres have a 96% season ticket renewal rate

Karl-Anthony Towns is perfect for today's NBA

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Packers smart to sit Rodgers for rest of preseason

Towns is perfect for today's NBA

The Opening Drive: Utah alum Jordan Gross is fed up with the HarBros

Five greatest NBAers without a ring

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

Five potential college football Week 1 shockers

Top 10 storylines for Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Wilson’s ‘Recovery Water’ plug sends the wrong message

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker