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McLeod blog: NHL Draft claims young Gophers

The Golden Gophers continue to stock NHL prospects rosters. Three incoming skaters were selected over two days at last weekend's NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Breaking it down: Center Brent Gates, Jr., was drafted in the third round (80th overall) by the Nashville Predators. The son of a former Minnesota All-American baseball star, Gates spent the last two seasons with the USHL...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 46 — Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2014 Record: 8-5 Overall, 5-3 Big Ten (lost bowl game) 1 Burning Question: Does Minnesota realistically have the best chance to win the Big Ten West? Minnesota has improved in record (either overall, in conference, or both) every year since Jerry Kill was hired. However, Minnesota has been sort of stuck in this nexus of 8 wins max for seemingly most of...
Via The Student Section
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: Looking at the 2015 Defense

How have the Minnesota Gophers gone from doormats to challengers for a division crown in just four years time? By doing the classic Big Ten things — have a powerful running game and playing some stout defense. While the Gophers defensive group has never been loaded with stars that national pundits or fans would talk about on a daily basis, there has never been a lack of quality...
Via Talking 10
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Around the Campus 2015

Welcome back for another installment in Talking 10’s “Minnesota Week” series. Although most of our articles for “Minnesota Week” focus 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 2014-15 and how that will project forward for Gophers fans in 2015...
Via Talking 10
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Richard Pitino gets $400,000 raise from Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers head basketball coach Richard Pitino is set to have his annual salary bumped to $1.6 million, after receiving a $600,000 pay raise from the university. Pitino remained with the Gophers this offseason, after being contacted as part of the coaching search from the Alabama Crimson Tide. Ultimately, Pitino decided to return to Minnesota, because of the positive...
Via Campus Sports Net
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: 2014 saw Gophers take another step up

Minnesota Gophers head coach Jerry Kill has followed a steady pattern everywhere he’s been. He takes a good stride forward from year one to year two, starts winning a lot more in year three and the program begins to take off from there. Kill’s teams haven’t finished worse than third in year four of a program he’s had for that long, placing third at Emporia State and tying...
Via Talking 10
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers turning on-field production in to recruiting trail gains

Winning usually begets winning, especially if the culture and coaching staff are all pulling in the same direction. After back-to-back 8-5 seasons and taking hated rival Wisconsin down to the final week for the Big Ten West title, many were wondering what direction the Minnesota Gophers program would go in. After all, it wasn’t as if the Gophers were killing it on the recruiting...
Via Talking 10
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

De’Niro Laster leaving Minnesota to be closer to home

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are down a linebacker after former three-star recruit De’Niro Laster announced his decision to leave the program. According to a text message to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Laster, a Cleveland native, wants to be closer to home because of an unspecified family situation. As a result, Laster is transferring. “I’m transferring home to be closer...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Golden Gophers 2015 Preview and Prediction

Few coaches get more out of their team than Jerry Kill at Minnesota. It's easy to forget that the Golden Gophers were one half away from...
Via Athlon Sports
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Staying home: why Mike Reilly should sign with the Wild

Mike Reilly completed his Junior season at the University of Minnesota by leading the Gophers in points and by being named a finalist for the Hobey Baker. His 42 points (six goals, 36 assists) led all defensemen in college hockey. In his last two seasons with the Minnesota Gophers, Reilly was named the Big Ten […] The post Staying home: why Mike Reilly should sign with the Wild...
Via Along the Boards
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas A&M’s Davonte Fitzgerald to Transfer to Minnesota

Former Texas A&M forward Davonte Fitzgerald is set to leave the university and head north to Minnesota. Ryan James of reported Fitzgerald’s decision. Gophers add SF transfer from Texas A&M — Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) May 26, 2015 A former three-star recruit out of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Fitzgerald averaged 5.4 points and shot...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota TE Duke Anyanwu Receives Sixth Year of Eligibility

Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Duke Anyanwu had his medical hardship waiver approved by the NCAA and will return to the team for a sixth season. Anyanwu tweeted the news out on his personal page. Received some great news today as my request for a 6th Year of Eligibility was granted!!! #SoMuchSchool #GoGophers — Duke Anyanwu, Jr. (@DAnyanwu_81) May 5, 2015 Anyanwu will replace...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Kill's vision paying off for Gophers

Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill has the reputation for being a hard-nosed, old school coach and his team's certainly take that personality. What a lot people don't get to see is his incredible vision for his career and the dedication of his assistant coaches. Kill has essentially had the same staff since 1999 when he started at Emporia State. Offensive coordinator...
Via Fox Sports
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota tweets Frogger themed graphic for TCU game

The Golden Gophers are quite fired up about their season opener with TCU. As if they revenge game needed more fuel on the fire, it was announced today that the game will be played in primetime on Thursday, September 3rd. So to keep themselves in the spirit, the Gophers tweets out this fun graphic after the announcement: To make sure that we knew they were fired up for the battle...
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota promotes home opener with Frogger graphic

Give the Minnesota Golden Gophers points for tapping into everyone’s inner vintage video game nerd when promoting next season’s home opener. Surely, Minnesota was already excited when the Big Ten announced the 2015 primetime schedule and slated the Gophers tilt with TCU for ESPN. They put that excitement to creative use with a Twitter announcement inspired 1980s arcade legend...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Tweets Frogger-Inspired Graphic To Hype Season-Opener vs. TCU

The Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3.   Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger.  Round One. Primetime...
Via College Spun
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers have serious momentum on 2016 recruiting trail

For those paying attention to the history of Jerry Kill and his coaching tenures, nothing that has happened in his first four years at the University of Minnesota should surprise you. After losing records in his first two seasons, the Gophers have gone on to go 8-5 in back-to-back seasons. Winning football usually begets winning in other areas, and one of the biggest areas that the...
Via Talking 10
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Minnesota Golden Gophers RB Rodrick Williams Jr. Makes Impressive Touchdown Run in Spring Game

Last season David Cobb did a heck of a job running the ball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. With him gone and likely headed to the NFL someone is going to need to step up to become the new workhorse.With this touchdown run on the first drive of the Minnesota spring game Rodrick Williams Jr. certainly made a solid claim to the job.ICYMI: This was a powerful and impressive @GopherFootball...
Via FatManWriting
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Duluth beats up on Minnesota

Minnesota Duluth advances to regional finals. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the fourth consecutive time this season and in a fourth different venue, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs pulled out a win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. This time the Bulldogs quickly deflated the Gophers to advance to the Northeast Regional finals, 4-1. Minnesota...
Via Mill City Sports
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Minnesota’s Carlos Morris Hits 3 To Tie Game vs. MSU, Misses Potential Winning Free Throw

Michigan State nearly lost its game against Minnesota on one of the worst fouls you’ll see. Instead, the Spartans lucked out, and have a chance to redeem themselves in overtime. With his Golden Gophers down three and two seconds remaining in the game, Carlos Morris drilled a three-pointer and was fouled by Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling.  Foul up three. But not like that...
Via College Spun
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Stumbles in loss to Minnesota

Wisconsin and Minnesota squared off for a border battle in this classic college hockey rivalry Friday at The Kohl Center. The Badgers came out of the gate with energy. Their offense looked dangerous early for the first time all year. Both teams took awhile to settle into the game, the quick pace of the game seemed to be favoring the Badgers early on. Despite the lack of goals early...
Via Madtown Badgers
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Rallies to Tie Minnesota

The Badgers had to put on their rally caps in Minnesota after being dominated for two and a half periods and out shot forty-nine to twenty. The Badgers did not roll over and found a way to tie up the game late in the third and to eek out a shoot out victory in their first of two games against the sixteenth ranked Golden Gophers from Minnesota in a contest that lived up to the ...
Via Madtown Badgers
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Hockey East Roundup: Merrimack Upsets No. 8 Minnesota In Mariucci Classic

The Merrimack men’s ice hockey team just kicked off the New Year in style. The No. 18 Warriors used a heroic 40-save effort from goaltender Rasmus Tirronen to down No. 8 Minnesota 3-2 in its own arena and advance to the finals of the Mariucci Classic. It was a back-and-forth affair in Minneapolis, Minn. Defenseman Michael Brodzinski got the Golden...
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s Governor Wants To Abolish Early Kickoffs

One of Minnesota’s foremost politicians in recent years was Paul Wellstone, a United States Senator who would often find himself as the one dissenting vote on the Senate floor. Before his death in October of 2002, Wellstone was accompanied in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate delegation by Mark Dayton, now the governor of the state. Very clearly, Dayton is fighting the kind of lonely and...
Via Awful Announcing
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Minnesota’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun Rips Ball From Nebraska WR On Goal-Line

Minnesota earned a hard-fought comeback victory over Nebraska Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t come without some drama right at the end. Golden Gophers defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun made an incredible play in the game’s final moments, ripping the ball from Cornhuskers wideout De’Mornay Pierson-El right before he was about to reach the goal line. Pierson-El was actually...
Via College Spun
November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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