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Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: Recruits to Know for 2017

The most important step in a new head coach’s transformation of the program is finding a way to get his players on the field. Usually that is an easy task, given that most coaching changes happen due to failures on the field. That isn’t the case for the Minnesota Gophers and P.J. Fleck though. Minnesota has been a bowl team for awhile now, so the cupboard is far from bare. Still...
Via Talking 10
20 hours ago

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: State of the 2017 Defense

Tracy Claeys is no longer in charge of the defense, and that is a big transfer of power (pun not intended). After all, he had been the defensive coordinator and/or head coach for the better part of six seasons for the Minnesota Gophers. With P.J. Fleck in the fold, there’s a new man in charge of the defense and that man is Robb Smith. He comes from Arkansas and the tutelage of...
Via Talking 10
1 day ago

talking10 Podcast: 2017 Minnesota Gophers preview edition

Welcome in to the first episode of the 2017 season of the talking10 Podcast. Things are new for the podcast, as Andy and Phil are your hosts this season. We debut new segments, as we give you some comedy with your serious talk of all things B1G. If we are starting a new season, that means it is team preview season as well. Up first are the Minnesota Gophers. Joining us on the Podcast...
Via Talking 10
2 days ago

Minnesota Gophers Football Preview: Bold Predictions for 2017

If there is one constant in college football, it is that you should expect the unexpected at all times. After all, who would’ve thought a Twitter joke would turn in to an actual rivalry trophy or that the Minnesota Gophers would own the Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and the $5-bits-of-broken-chair trophies at the same time. Predicting that would’ve been very bold indeed. Even bolder...
Via Talking 10
2 days ago

Minnesota Football: What to expect in the post-Mitch Leidner era

Following years of mediocracy and getting perpetually beaten by their Big Ten foes, Minnesota Football fans have been thirsty for success. Although it seems longer, it was only three seasons ago that the Gophers handed the reigns of their program to local hero Mitch Leidner. The 6’3” quarterback was Minnesota’s best chance at real NFL talent since wide receiver Eric Decker...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Decision to send Minnesota unseeded to NCAA tournament points to bigger problem in college softball

Gathered around a table on Sunday night at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Minneapolis, players from the now No. 1–ranked Minnesota softball team were ready to partake in a celebration of epic proportions. Fresh off their third Big Ten tournament championship title in four years, the Gophers expected to hear their team’s name called on ESPN2 as one of the NCAA softball tournament’s...
Via Excelle Sports
9 days ago

Even though Minnesota has the best record in the country, they’re unseeded for the NCAA Tournament

Imagine this scenario… The Minnesota Golden Gophers have the best record in Division I men’s basketball. They dominate the entire regular season only losing a couple of games. They win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles going away. Surely that team would be the #1 overall seed for the tournament, right? Well, can you imagine the nationwide furor if they didn’t...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota walk-on learns of his scholarship via elaborate Easter egg hunt

In case you missed it, this weekend was Easter. Yesterday, in fact, which means today there are discounted Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs on sale all over the country. Go out and by a few dozen. I’ll wait.(waits)Okay, now that you’re reading this through a chocolate-smeared screen, let’s take a trip to the University of Minnesota, where the football team gathered for an Easter...
Via The Comeback
April 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Minnesota football, coach P.J. Fleck talking to ESPN about behind-the-scenes series

Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck is good television, something ESPN has known for a while. In his previous gig coaching at Western Michigan, Fleck made several appearances on the network last season with his locker room speeches and celebrations — including his signature “Row the Boat” mantra — making reliably compelling video to play on studio shows, in addition...
Via Awful Announcing
April 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Lynch, Gophers ready to bring 'block party' to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- A year ago, Middle Tennessee pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed by knocking off No. 2 seed Michigan State. Now, another year older and riding one of the best streaks in program history, they're back in the Big Dance as a No. 12 seed, awaiting a date with Big Ten power and No. 5 seed Minnesota on Thursday at the...
Via Associated Press
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Frank Kaminsky not happy about Wisconsin’s seed, rips committee

The NCAA Tournament selection committee has gotten on Frank the Tank’s bad side.Former Wisconsin Badgers star Frank Kaminsky was not happy about the seeding his school received in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin received an 8-seed in the tournament and will face 9-seed Virginia Tech in the first round of the East Region.Here’s what Kaminsky tweeted in response: His criticism...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Gophers' Mason, McBrayer endure after embarrassing adversity

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the month of March, when college basketball players are kings, Nate Mason could barely find the courage to leave his house last season. When Dupree McBrayer walked around the Minnesota campus, he could hear the whispers and the snickers from classmates as he kept his head low and tried to avoid eye contact. "It was embarrassing," McBrayer told The Associated Press...
Via Associated Press
March 07, 2017  |  Discuss

PJ Fleck secures 'Row the Boat' rights via deal with Western Michigan

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is now free to continue rowing the boat with the Golden Gophers.When Fleck left Western Michigan for Minnesota, he verbally took his “row the boat” mantra with him, but his former school still owned the rights to the phrase. Fleck rectified that by striking a deal with the university, which will see him donate at least $50,000 over the next five or...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

After potential controversy, PJ Fleck brings “row the boat” mantra to Minnesota

PJ Fleck exploded onto the college football scene as he rowed the Western Michigan boat to a 13-1 record and a close loss to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl last season. Now, Fleck hopes to row the same boat using the same mantra at his new job with the University of Minnesota. After a potential controversy, the first year head coach Fleck will be bringing his famous saying of “row...
Via The Comeback
February 15, 2017  |  Discuss

PJ Fleck lists Minnesota recruits on board in cool way

PJ Fleck wasted no time bringing his “row the boat” motto to Minnesota.The former Western Michigan head coach was hired by Minnesota following the firing of Tracy Claeys and brought many Broncos recruits with him. That fact was on display during National Signing Day on Wednesday.When Fleck was shown on TV talking about his recruits, you could see the entire class listed on oars...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

P.J. Fleck flips six Western Michigan recruits to Minnesota

New Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has wasted no time improving his program since being hired away from Western Michigan this week. Thanks to some hard work on the phones Friday night, he’s flipped six recruits from the Broncos to join his Golden Gophers for the 2017 season. “In the hours since those phone calls, a number of Western Michigan recruits have already flipped...
Via Sportsnaut
January 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota offers P.J. Fleck coaching job

The Minnesota head coaching search could be coming to a close soon, as the school reportedly has already offered the job to Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck. The Detroit News’ Tony Paul reported on Thursday night that Minnesota has offered Fleck the job as head football coach of the Golden Gophers: Source: Minnesota definitely made P.J. Fleck an offer. No deal yet. Separate...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Les Miles interviews for vacant Minnesota coaching job

The drama surrounding the Minnesota Golden Gopher football program may have just taken another turn. According to multiple ESPN affiliate reports, former LSU head coach Les Miles flew to the Twin Cities on Thursday to interview for Minnesota’s head coaching job. “Former LSU football coach Les Miles was in the Twin Cities on Thursday to interview for the vacant Gophers head...
Via Sportsnaut
January 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Minnesota meets with PJ Fleck about vacancy

Minnesota fired Tracy Claeys as their head football coach on Tuesday, and they are wasting no time looking for his replacement. According to KSTP’s Joe Schmit, Minnesota’s athletic director and president flew to Chicago on Wednesday to meet with Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck. I can confirm that #Gophers AD Mark Coyle and Pres Eric Kaler did meet with PJ Fleck today...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Minnesota Auto Dealer’s Polar Bear Mascot Slips On Ice Multiple Times

While the Minnesota-based “White Bear Mitsubishi” may sponsor the University of Minnesota’s Hockey Program, its mascot certainly doesn’t share the Golden Gophers’ gracefulness on the ice. While shooting a commercial at the university’s Mariucci Arena, White Bear’s resident polar bear tried navigating the home ice, and took multiple takes to find its footing. The results...
Via NESN.com
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill upset about Tracy Claeys firing

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill is the latest person to join the choir of cries against the recent firing of Tracy Claeys. The Gophers fired Claeys on Tuesday, after a season-and-a-half at the university. Claeys’ departure likely had something to do with his bizarre defense on Twitter of 10 of his players accused of sexual assault. After that tweet, hundreds...
Via The Comeback
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss

Tracy Claeys delivers frigid shot at Minnesota after firing

Tracy Claeys on Tuesday was officially fired as head coach of the Minnesota Gophers and the fallout from the decision is still being absorbed and examined not only at the university but in the world of college football as well. Athletic director Mark Coyle said the decision was based upon, per an AP report, the need to “address challenges in recruiting, ticket sales and the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players from the Minnesota Gophers that are members of the NFL Hall of Fame

Seven players from the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are members of the NFL Hall of Fame. Can you name them all? Clue: Position/Years active in NFL
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Washington State's Holiday Bowl turns into a nightmare

Holiday Bowl? How about the Nightmare After Christmas? That about summed things up for the Washington State Cougars in their 17-12 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers Tuesday night. Both teams were 8-4 heading into the bowl, but WSU was a 10-point favorite, and many expected their powerful offense (40.2 points per game, 14th in Division I FBS) to put up points; the over-under was...
Via The Comeback
December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Five reasons to watch the Holiday Bowl

Okay, listen, we get it. Most likely, you think bowl season starts on New Year's Eve. Maybe slightly earlier depending on when your team is playing. But regardless of whether or not you're aware of them, the bowls have already started, and there's plenty of college football action to get you through to the main event around New Year's. Two cold-weather teams make their way to San...
Via Yardbarker
December 26, 2016  |  Discuss
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