MINNESOTA RUMORS & GOSSIP

Gophers' offensive line looks to improve after 6-7 season

MINNEAPOLIS -- The transition in head coaches at Minnesota from Jerry Kill to Tracy Claeys has been subtle, save for a contrast in personality and size.Claeys had one big target for change, though. The offensive line needed to be restored as a power. "Road graders" was the label he used to describe the type of players desired up front.Jonah Pirsig and the rest of the returners received...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy, experienced Leidner ready to lead Gophers in fifth year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mitch Leidner has returned to lead the Minnesota huddle with a finally healthy left foot.He's bringing 35 games of experience with him.After enduring his share of struggles with accuracy and injury over the first part of his career, Leidner turned a corner during the second half of his junior season despite playing through the pain and limitation in his left foot that...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Led by Leidner: Minnesota has full faith in 5th-year QB

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Mitch Leidner has returned to lead the Minnesota huddle with a finally healthy left foot. He's bringing 35 games of experience with him. After enduring his share of struggles with accuracy and injury over the first part of his career, Leidner turned a corner during the second half of his junior season despite playing through the pain and limitation in his left...
Via Associated Press
19 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
July 21, 2016  |  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

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

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 using gold brick pride stickers in 2016

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking to get into competition in the Big Ten this year with new head coach Tracy Claeys at the helm. One way to do that is reward the players who do not usually get the recognition and they are doing that with their new, intriguing helmet stickers. Claeys announced on Monday that the team is currently designing gold brick helmet stickers to reward...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers' Reggie Lynch arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota suspended center Reggie Lynch after he was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of "criminal sexual conduct," the latest in a string of bad news for a program coming off a miserable season on and off the court.The 6-foot-9 Lynch, who didn't play last season as he sat out following his transfer from Illinois State, was suspended indefinitely pending an investigation...
Via Associated Press
May 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaise Andries commits to Minnesota

Class of 2017 four-star offensive tackle Blaise Andries has committed to Minnesota, giving the Golden Gophers their first commitment for that year. Andries, who currently stars at Minnesota’s Marshall High School in the southwestern part of the state, announced his decision on Twitter. #SkiUMah 〽️ pic.twitter.com/4GnXriHpmb — Blaise Andries (@BlaiseAndries) April 9, 2016...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota native Coffey helps Northwestern women top Gophers 84-74

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nia Coffey had 25 points and 12 rebounds and 12th-seeded Northwestern turned back five-seed Minnesota 84-74 on Thursday in a second-round game of the Big 10 tournament.The Wildcats (17-15), who lost to the Gophers (19-11) 112-106 in double overtime on Super Bowl Sunday when Rachel Banham set a conference record with 60 points, face fourth-seeded Indiana in the quarterfinals...
Via Associated Press
March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota suspends three players for season after illicit video post

Two days after three University of Minnesota basketball players were benched for Sunday’s game against Illinois, they were suspended for the remainder of the season following a sexually explicit video appearing on freshman Kevin Dorsey’s social media accounts.On Tuesday, coach Richard Pitino announced the suspensions of Dorsey, sophomore leading scorer Nate Mason and freshman...
Via FOX Sports
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota players suspended after allegedly posting sex tapes

Minnesota basketball reportedly has an unsettling controversy on its hands. Ahead of Sunday’s contest against Illinois, it was announced that three players — Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer and Nate Mason — would be suspended from the game for a “violation of team rules.” Deadspin is reporting that the suspensions might be the result of a series of disturbing videos posted...
Via College Spun
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota suspends three players after one posts sex tape online

Think before you tweet. That is the No. 1 rule of social media, but Minnesota Golden Gophers freshmen Kevin Dorsey did not get the memo. It was announced yesterday that Dorsey, leading scorer Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Well, because this is the internet, it didn’t take long for people to find out way. As it turns...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s Joey King moved to tears after Golden Gophers shock Maryland

Minnesota is in the midst one of its worst basketball seasons in recent memory. Heading into Thursday the Golden Gophers were losers of their last 14, and winless in Big Ten play. No one expected Minnesota to buck that trend against the Maryland, No. 6 team in the country, even if the game was at home. However, Minnesota pulled off the near-impossible, beating the Terrapins 68-63...
Via The Comeback
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota player gives great interview after upset win

Minnesota Golden Gophers senior forward Joey King was overcome with emotion during a postgame interview after the team pulled off a stunning 68-63 upset the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins on their home court at Williams Arena on Thursday night. The victory was Minnesota’s first Big Ten win of the season after starting the conference portion of their schedule 0-13. The shocking outcome...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Did we just see the end of the Richard Pitino era at Minnesota?

When Norwood Teague pulled the plug on the Tubby Smith era, the then AD promised more exciting times and a rise up the Big Ten standings for the once-proud Minnesota Gopher program. His answer to the malaise? The hottest name in mid-major coaching — Richard Pitino. Instead, the Gophers are in year three of the Pitino era and things have gone from mediocre to pathetic. We don...
Via Talking 10
February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Minnesota Gophers’ slow play of offensive coordinator hire could pay big dividends

Coaches come and go, it is a reality of the college football world — but it is a reality that is just hitting a program and a coaching staff that has known nothing but stability since 2011. Of course, we’re talking about the Minnesota Gophers, who hired defensive coordinator turned interim head coach — Tracy Claeys — as their replacement for Jerry Kill. It was the right move...
Via Talking 10
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Michigan beats Minnesota with goal-line stand

The end to the Michigan-Minnesota game was not exactly a ringing endorsement of interim Gophers coach Tracy Claeys. The Gophers appeared to take the lead on a beautiful touchdown throw by Mitch Leidner to Drew Wolitarsky, but a review showed that he was down at the one-yard line. Down 29-26, with a timeout left, Minnesota wasted most of its time before a Leidner incompletion on...
Via College Spun
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Minnesota reveals new anthracite uniforms

Minnesota will be wearing a different look when it hosts Michigan tonight. The Gophers unveiled their new anthracite uniforms on Twitter a short time ago.  They're heeere. #MICHvsMINN pic.twitter.com/KStIr9dfzS — Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) October 31, 2015 Combo for the day. New all anthracite unis! Players love them and they look great! pic.twitter.com/PpvfQ9Afqc...
Via College Spun
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Kill: A coaching rarity

Earlier this week, Jerry Kill announced he was stepping down as the Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach due to health concerns. His exit isn't like Steve Spurrier's at South Carolina, or Steve Sarkisian's at Southern California, and no where close to Al Golden and Randy Edsall being sent their walking papers – all of those guys suffered from self-inflicted problems within their...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota walk-on shares touching tribute to Jerry Kill

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill resigned Wednesday due to health concerns. Throughout the day, tributes to Kill poured in from all over the college football world. One particularly touching one came from Cavonte Johnson, a walk-on defensive back for the Gophers. On Facebook, Johnson detailed how Kill was willing to give him a chance when he was a senior coming off a knee injury...
Via College Spun
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Kill Retires As Football Coach For Minnesota Golden Gophers

With five weeks left in the 2015 college football season, another coach at a power conference program is stepping down. Only this time, it has nothing to do with on-field records. Jerry Kill announced Wednesday that he is retiring as the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, effective immediately: Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says he is retiring immediately because...
Via Gamedayr
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill retiring due to health reasons

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill announced Wednesday morning that he is stepping down from his position due to health reasons. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will assume the role of interim coach.  Coach Kill announced today that he is retiring effective immediately due to health reasons. Tracy Claeys has been named interim head coach. — Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball...
Via College Spun
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota C Bakary Konate out a month with broken foot

Minnesota Golden Gophers center Bakary Konate has a stress fracture in his foot and will be out of commission for a month. Scott Phillips of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported Konate’s injury. A 6-foot-11 sophomore, Konate averaged 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds over 8.9 minutes per game his freshman season. He shot 54 percent from the field and was expected to play a...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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