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North Dakota to Face Minnesota in 2018 HOF Game in Las Vegas

With college hockey’s realignment, some historic rivalries were put on the back burner. Over the past three seasons, the University of North Dakota and the Minnesota Golden Gophers have played a grand total of one time. That’s about to change. Starting next season, the Golden Gophers and the Fighting Hawks will resume their historic rivalry when the two teams play at Mariucci...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Mitch Leidner says Michigan State has worst visitor’s locker room

It is probably never easy knowing you have to travel into a big-time college football program’s home stadium for a football game, but you would at least hope they are hospitable enough to accommodate your team pretty well. However, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner seems to have a strong opinion about which team has the worst visitor’s locker room. He was attending Tuesday’s...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

Going on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest. Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings install enormous new Gjallarhorn at new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings now have a Gjallarhorn worthy of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium that will serve as the team's new home starting this season.On Wednesday, the mammoth horn, which in Norse mythology was sounded to announce the arrival of the gods, got hoisted into position at the stadium. The effort kind of resembles a whale rescue. Take a look (and go here for a large gallery...
Via FOX Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings install enormous new Gjallarhorn at new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings now have a Gjallarhorn worthy of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium that will serve as the team's new home starting this season.On Wednesday, the mammoth horn, which in Norse mythology was sounded to announce the arrival of the gods, got hoisted into position at the stadium. The effort kind of resembles a whale rescue. Take a look (and go here for a large gallery...
Via FOX Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers’ Don Lucia Gets Contract Extended

Incoming University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle has made the decision to extend men’s hockey coach Don Lucia’s contract for another two years, according to Patrick Reusse of ESPN 1500. That makes Lucia the team’s bench boss through the 2018-19 season. The move isn’t entirely unexpected, even if there are some who haven’t been happy with the lack of national...
Via The Hockey Writers
10 days ago

Mitch Leidner Interview | Minnesota Gopher Quarterback

DraftSeason: What is your number 1 goal heading into your Senior year as the Gophers starting quarterback?Mitch Leidner: Win a Big Ten Championship DraftSeason: If you could wave a magic wand and improve one aspect of your game, which is it?Mitch Leidner: Footwork. This requires a lot of time and effort to master, so being able to magically have that be perfect would be great. DraftSeason...
Via DraftSeason
13 days ago

Former Buckeye, Gopher OL Brian Bobek lands at Iowa State

In February of 2011, offensive lineman Brian Bobek signed with the Ohio State Buckeyes as a four-star recruit before redshirting his freshman year and transferring to Minnesota just 16 months later. After a tumultuous run with the Golden Gophers, where he only played in eight total games in three seasons due to injuries, he has left for the Iowa State Cyclones for his final year...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner on watch as NCAA’s best

Minnesota Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner is beginning to see the national spotlight. With his senior season almost underway, Leidner is already projected as a first-round draft pick by ESPN’s Todd McShay. On Tuesday, the Gophers quarterback was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, according to 1500 ESPN. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the college football player judged...
Via EndZoneScore
23 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA D1 committee sets new rules for bowl game eligibilty

The days of 5-7 football teams making bowl games could be over, at least for one year. On Wednesday, the NCAA Division 1 rules committee passed a mandate that all bowl games must be filled with teams that finished 6-6 ahead of any team that is 5-7 making a game. It hadn’t been an issue until last year, when a record 40 bowl games were on the docket. With just 77 teams compiling...
Via The Comeback
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers Name Captains for 2016-17 Season

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, fresh off back-to-back national championships, have announced the team’s captains for the 2016-17 season. Taking the reins will be senior Lee Stecklein, who was co-captain last season with departing senior Hannah Brandt. She will be joined by seniors Kate Schipper and Dani Cameranesi, who will serve as assistant captains. “They are...
Via The Hockey Writers
June 29, 2016

Q & A with Milica McMillen of the New York Riveters

After four seasons at the University of Minnesota, two National Championships, and 120 points (44g-76a) over 149 games Milica McMillen is ready to take the next step in her hockey career. That’s something that wasn’t possible two seasons ago since the NWHL didn’t exist yet. The 22-year-old was part of the league’s first ever draft class, when the Connecticut Whale drafted...
Via The Hockey Writers
June 28, 2016

NWHL 2016 draft recap: Badgers galore, but Kelsey Koelzer goes first

The New York Riveters selected Kelsey Koelzer of Princeton first overall in the 2016 NWHL draft, held June 18 via social media. For the rest of the first round, the Buffalo Beauts took Lee Stecklein of Minnesota second, the Connecticut Whale added Stecklein’s teammate Dani Cameranesi and the Boston Pride picked goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens fourth. With the first pick of the...
Via Excelle Sports
June 20, 2016

Minnesota HC not paying attention to Mitch Leidner draft hype

Entering the 2016 college football season, Minnesota redshirt senior quarterback Mitch Leidner is receiving plenty of praise and draft hype. The 6-foot-4, 237 pounder is viewed as one of the top senior signal-callers in the nation, but Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys is tuning out that talk. Claeys admitted he doesn’t pay attention to the discussion in NFL circles and that his...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Rem Pitlick – The Next Ones: NHL 2016 Draft Prospect Profile

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Rem Pitlick 2015-16 Team: #16, Muskegon Lumberjacks Commit: University of Minnesota Gophers Date of birth: 02-Apr-97 Place of birth: Plymouth, MN Ht: 5’10”   Wt: 195 lbs. Shoots: L Position: Centre NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 2nd year eligible THW The Next Ones Ranking (Midterm Top 60): Unranked THW War Room Rankings: 59 ...
Via The Hockey Writers
June 14, 2016

Big Ten announces kickoff times for Weeks 1-3 on Big Ten Network

On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced its kickoff times for games that will air on the Big Ten Network from Weeks 1 through 3. Kicking off the action will be the Minnesota Golden Gophers playing host to the Oregon State Beavers on Thursday, Sept. 1. The action continues in Week 1 with Michigan State hosting Furman the following day. As Week 1 kicks into full swing on Saturday...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

New Minnesota Gophers AD used football equipment truck for move

After less than a year on the job, former Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle decided to take the same job at the University of Minnesota. The decision irked Syracuse fans, so they surely were not happy when Coyle moved across the country with a gigantic Gophers equipment truck. According to Syracuse.com‘s Chris Carlson, Coyle packed his belongings into the Minnesota football...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

NCAA baseball tournament 2016: Texas A&M plays on to Super Regional

The Texas A&M Aggies were given their highest national seed when they landed No. 4 in the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. They will continue to represent their school after winning the College Station Regional and advancing to the Super Regional for the second straight year. TEXAS A&M IS ON TO SUPER REGIONALS! The Aggies head to Supers for the 7th time in program history...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Oregon DB Eric Amoako transfers to Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers seem to be just a few pieces away from being able to compete in the Big Ten and they may have gotten that piece. Former Oregon and Houston Baptist defensive back Eric Amoako has decided to transfer to play for the Golden Gophers this year. Amoako has spent the last two years at the FCS level playing for Houston Baptist. He announced on Twitter that he...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: Predicting the 2016 season

It’s that time of the week….for all the talk to be put to action, as we as a staff at talking10 put our money where our mouths were all week. Yes, after looking at the defense, offense and even our bold predictions on the talking10 podcast — it is time for us to look at the 2016 Minnesota Gophers schedule and predict the whole damn thing. Yes, we’re going game-by-game as...
Via Talking 10
June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Around the Campus 2016

Welcome back for another installment in Talking 10’s “Minnesota Week” series. Although most of our articles for “Minnesota Week” are focusing on football, this is our weekly chance to check in on all the other athletic success stories going on in the Twin Cities. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of 2015-16 and how that will project forward for Gopher fans...
Via Talking 10
June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: A look at the 2016 defense

A lot of the focus of media and fan attention this offseason has been on the offensive side of the ball for the Minnesota Gophers. Rightfully so, given a new offensive coordinator working under head coach Tracy Claeys. However, change is also happening on the defensive side of the ball with Claeys taking on the head coaching duties and naming a new defensive coordinator to replace...
Via Talking 10
June 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: A look at the 2016 offense

Change is the name of the game entering the 2016 season, as now full-time head coach Tracy Claeys has the reigns of the program all to himself for the first time. He wasted little time in making some big changes to the offensive coaching staff, and not a bit too soon given what happened to the offense in 2015. Gone was fellow long-time Jerry Kill assistant Matt Limegrover and in...
Via Talking 10
June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal’s Jordan Mathews, Minnesota’s Charles Buggs To Grad-Transfer

Jordan Mathews, who will graduate this summer from the University of California, announced Tuesday that he will play his final year of college ball elsewhere. Will always be a Golden Bear at heart! pic.twitter.com/km5ioiPjSC — Jordan Mathews (@JordanMathews22) May 31, 2016 Gonzaga is the favorite to land the 6-foot-3 guard, who averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists...
Via Diehardsport
June 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: 2015 was a year of transition and change

The Jerry Kill era came to an end, and so did a trophy case nearly stocked full of rivalry trophies. However, 2015 was far from a lost season, instead it will go down as one of the strangest in Gophers history. From a mid-season coaching change to a complete uprooting of a coaching staff once the interim tag was removed from Tracy Claeys’ title, there was plenty of drama on and...
Via Talking 10
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss
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