Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has a well-timed bye week to recover from his latest seizure. Team spokesman Paul Rovnak said Kill stayed at home on Sunday to rest. He had an episode the day before that kept him from traveling to the game at Michigan. The Gophers don’t play again until Oct. 19, so this is a low-key week. Assistant coaches held a brief meeting with players before leaving the facility.
Jake Rudock threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Iowa beat Minnesota on both sides of the ball in a 23-7 victory on Saturday. Mark Weisman rushed for 147 yards on 24 carries, and Mike Meyer made three of his four field goal attempts to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0) start the Big Ten with a bang. After losing their opener to Northern Illinois, they’ve outscored their last two opponents 82-10. Senior linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens led a stifling effort on defense, including interceptions by Kirksey and Morris of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson. Nelson hadn’t played in two weeks because of an injury, but he started ahead of Mitch Leidner for the Gophers (4-1, 0-1).
The Minnesota Gophers’ nonconference series against Boston College will be part of the inaugural Big Ten-Hockey East Challenge. The two conferences made the announcement Tuesday.
Minnesota has scored 95 points over the first two games, and the Gophers have barely mastered the forward pass so far. That could be a good sign. If sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson and the rest of the offense find a rhythm with the aerial attack to supplement what has the potential to be a rugged, productive running game, the Gophers will be in good shape.
Minnesota’s Marcus Jones returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers pulled away for a 51-23 victory over UNLV on Thursday, the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels.
In 2010, Gophers wide receiver Connor Cosgrove was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a diagnosis that changed his life, but in a way that he’s working hard to make is for the better.
Alvin Ellis III will be joining Michigan State’s recruiting class after he was released from his commitment to Minnesota.
The Wild play the hottest team in the NHL tonight, as the Blues have won five in a row since getting former Gopher Jordan Leopold in a trade with Buffalo.
Two more Gopher hockey players are leaving the team for the pros.
Jesse Root scored 9 seconds into overtime to give fourth-seeded Yale a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional semifinals Friday.
Highly sought VCU head men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is staying put, according to a national source.
When Norwood Teague took over as athletic director at Minnesota, he knew it would take a little time for him to get up to speed with all the intricacies of major college football.
Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional.
Amanda Kessel scored twice, and the Gophers breezed by Boston University 6-3 on Sunday to finish the first perfect season in the 13-year history of NCAA women’s hockey.
Friday’s a big night for Gopher athletics. Four Gopher teams — the men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams are competing in prime time tournaments tonight.