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Banham got Kobe's attention with 60-point game for Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rachel Banham was two days removed from her 60-point performance for Minnesota when the real highlight happened. Her favorite basketball player, Kobe Bryant, posted his congratulations on Twitter. ''I was literally shaking. I felt like I was going to start crying I was so happy. I didn't even know what to say. I was freaking out. I couldn't even tweet back right...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota women’s basketball player attracts attention from Kobe Bryant

Senior guard Rachel Banham of the Minnesota Gophers tied an NCAA record on Sunday Feb. 7, putting up 60 points against rival Northwestern, surpassing her previous record of 39 points. This allowed the Gophers to go on to win, 112-106, in double overtime. Banham’s 60 point game demolished the previous Big 10 women’s single-game scoring record and tied the NCAA record set in...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Gophers lineman Luke McAvoy recounts coming out as gay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former Minnesota Gophers offensive lineman Luke McAvoy is recounting how he came out as gay in 2014 when he was on the team. McAvoy tells his story in Outsports.com. The Bloomington, Illinois, native says he knew he was gay in high school but followed his mother's advice and kept it quiet. McAvoy says he decided he would tell his teammates Feb. 9, 2014, the day...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota's Banham ties NCAA record with 60 points

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Rachel Banham tied a NCAA record with 60 points - with 10 coming in the first overtime and eight in the second - to lead Minnesota to a 112-106 win over Northwestern on Sunday. In matching the 60 points put up by Cindy Brown of Long Beach State against San Jose State on Feb. 16, 1987, the 5-foot-9 guard made 19 of 32 shots, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers star Amanda Kessel set to return

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former national player of the year Amanda Kessel is returning to play at Minnesota one year after saying she was finished playing hockey because of ongoing concussion issues.The Golden Gophers announced Kessel's return on Wednesday.Kessel was a two-time All-American and won the Patty Kazmaier award as the nation's top player in 2013, when she led the Gophers to a 41...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Amanda Kessel returns to Minnesota after concussion problems

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former national player of the year Amanda Kessel is returning to play at Minnesota one year after saying she was finished playing hockey because of ongoing concussion issues. The Golden Gophers announced Kessel's return on Wednesday. Kessel was a two-time All-American and won the Patty Kazmaier award as the nation's top player in 2013, when she led the Gophers...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Purdue might not even need Swanigan to beat Minnesota

An ankle injury could momentarily interrupt Caleb Swanigan's progression at Purdue.The visiting No. 21 Boilermakers hope to have their talented freshman available when they try to hand Minnesota a 10th consecutive defeat Wednesday night.Swanigan averages a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game and is tied for third with 10.1 points while starting every game for Purdue (17-4, 5-3 Big...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gophers OL coach looking to dominate the line

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a new offensive line coach. Bart Miller returns to the Big Ten after being with Florida Atlantic for the past two seasons.Miller coached until Bret Bielema at Wisconsin for a couple of seasons before moving on when Bielema left for Arkansas. When talking to GopherSports.com, Miller expressed his expectations for the Gophers offensive line:"There...
Via Fox Sports
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Gophers’ Mitch Leidner shows continued growth as a passer in Quick Lane Bowl victory

It wasn’t pretty on the scoreboard, but there was something very pretty hidden inside the 21-14 victory for the Minnesota Gophers on Monday night. That was the play of quarterback Mitch Leidner. The junior quarterback has been much maligned as a passer, but as the offense needed him to be just that, he’s come up big. No game proved that more than the Quick Lane Bowl, as Leidner...
Via Talking 10
December 29, 2015  |  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

Tracy Claeys, Minnesota agree to three-year deal

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are no longer in search of a new head coach. On Wednesday, the university announced that Tracy Claeys would have the interim label removed from his title after agreeing to a three-year deal to become the new Gophers head coach. “I want to thank President Eric Kaler, Interim Athletic Director Beth Goetz, the Board of Regents and the University for believing...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota’s Dylan Ness escapes frightening neck injury

During the Bill Ferrell Memorial International wrestling meet on Friday, Minnesota Golden Gophers star Dylan Ness was slammed to the mat and appeared to seriously injure his neck. Ness was forced to withdraw from the tournament and video of the frightening scene surfaced on social media. Here is the video: I'd rather get punched in the face.. Just sayin. 😁 I hope the...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 06, 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 earlier today due to health concerns. Throughout the day, tributes to Kill have been pouring 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...
Via College Spun
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Potential coaching replacements for Jerry Kill in Minnesota

Jerry Kill has been an excellent head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ football program during his tenure with the team, but unfortunately that time has come to an end. Kill has been forced to retire from coaching due to health concerns and the Gophers will be forced to search for a replacement for him. Finding new head coaches is never an easy task for teams, especially...
Via Campus Sports Net
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

4-Star Wing Amir Coffey Announces Commitment To Minnesota

Hopkins (Minn.) four-star wing Amir Coffey announced his decision to stay in-state and play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers moments ago during a ceremony at his high school.  ESPN 100 prospect Amir Coffey has committed to Minnesota. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) September 21, 2015 2016 Hopkins (MN) SF Amir Coffey – a top-60 recruit – has committed to Minnesota. —...
Via College Spun
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota using ‘dramatic squirrel’ to distract kickers

    The Minnesota Gophers have come up with a unique way of distracting opposing kickers this season, and it involves a squirrel. But not just any squirrel. This one is internet famous. When TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom lined up for a field goal facing the videoboard at TCF Bank Stadium Thursday night, he found himself face to face with the infamous “dramatic squirrel.” The...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota loses against TCU, but shows it belongs

Everyone in Minneapolis and around these United States knew that the Minnesota Golden Gophers faced very small margins on Thursday night against the TCU Horned Frogs. When you’re a 16-point underdog, it only stands to reason that winning a game demands not just a spirited and resilient effort, but one imbued with enough airtight precision to matter. Effort keeps teams in the...
Via The Student Section
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Football: The Emergence of the Gophers

Jerry Kill Overall record seems to be the biggest indicator for evaluating the strength of a collegiate football program; however, one statistic has proven to be more important for analyzing these programs and where they’re headed—the number of players that a team sends to the NFL Draft. The reason is simple; most top recruits expect to go to the NFL, but they want to make sure...
Via isportsweb.com
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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