The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team is the consensus preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Conference title this season, according to the coaches poll released Wednesday. The Gophers won the inaugural Big Ten title last year with a 14-3-3 record in league play.
Minnesota is the preseason pick by WCHA women’s coaches to win the conference this season. The WCHA announced the preseason poll Tuesday. The Gophers, who were beaten by Clarkson in the NCAA championship game last season, are the reigning WCHA regular season and playoff champions.
The Golden Gophers could very well be without quarterback Mitch Leidner and tight end Maxx Williams again this week, so look for the game plan against Michigan to look a lot like it did against San Jose State: a lot of running back David Cobb.
Minnesota quarterback Chris Streveler walked into class on Monday after the victory against San Jose State and the teasing began. “Hey, Strev,” they cracked, “nice completion.”
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is still struggling with injuries to his knee and toe and remains a question mark for the Golden Gophers as they open practice to prepare for Michigan. Leidner missed the game last week against San Jose State, and coach Jerry Kill says it’s too early to count him out.
Freshman quarterback Chris Streveler had a big game Saturday as the University of Minnesota football team beat San Jose State 24-7, and he received a weekly Big Ten honor Monday as a result.
Minnesota is back home this weekend after a humbling loss. The Gophers were beaten badly at TCU, and already-hurting quarterback Mitch Leidner suffered a turf toe injury in the process.
The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday the Gophers men’s basketball TV schedule for the upcoming Big Ten Conference season. Gophers officials said the team will have 15 conference games broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Now that the Vikings and Gophers both play at TCF Bank Stadium, grounds crews are working hard to make sure the turf is painted properly for the right game. Over the course of the season, they’ll have to flip the field 17 times. Several people have emailed WCCO wondering how this even happens.
When Richard Pitino was hired as University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach in April 2013, there was a new sense of energy around the program. He landed his first big local recruit on Friday in DeLaSalle guard Jarvis Johnson.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner has a turf toe injury on his left foot, leaving his availability uncertain for this week’s game against San Jose State. Coach Jerry Kill said Leidner would practice Tuesday but won’t play Saturday if he’s not deemed 100 percent healthy.
The Horned Frogs needed more than 2 minutes on only one of six scoring drives in Saturday’s 30-7 victory over the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill was in TCU coach Gary Patterson’s wedding a decade ago. The two coaches are good friends, even though the fellow Kansas natives have never been on the same staff together. When Kill left Pittsburg State (Kansas) after the 1987 season, it was Patterson who filled the vacancy on coach Dennis Franchione’s staff.
WCCO This Morning’s Jamie Yuccas and Kim Johnson are both graduates of the University of Minnesota, but only one of them had been to a Gophers game. Kim spent her whole college career away from the big game, so Jamie took it upon herself to show her what she was missing.
University of Minnesota women’s hockey coach Brad Frost said Wednesday that senior Amanda Kessel will miss the 2014-15 season because of lingering concussion symptoms suffered while playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
No. 24-ranked Nebraska came into TCF Bank Stadium and walked out a loser, as Minnesota nabbed a 34-23 win.
Ohio St used their 16-0 second-half run to get past Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers gave up a fourth-quarter lead and lost 34-31 in the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl to Texas Tech.