MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Does Trevor Mbakwe still have a future in the Gopher basketball program? How is Joe Mauer progressing and what was Fran Tarkenton doing with the Vikings?

We have all that and much more in this week’s News and Notes from Mike Max.

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An MRI revealed Mbakwe tore his ACL in the Gophers’ loss to Dayton Sunday night in the Old Spice Classic. He will miss the rest of the season, but is it the end of his college basketball career? He is on pace to graduate in two weeks from the University of Minnesota, but he wants to decide by May if he wants to return to school or turn professional.

There are sponsors who are concerned about the fans at Gopher football games, or lack thereof. Especially the fact that the student section at TCF Bank Stadium rarely fills up.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer has spent part of his offseason working out the IMG complex in Florida.

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Former Minnesota Twin and Gopher Brian Raabe has taken the head baseball coaching job at Bethel University. He was previously the head coach at Forest Lake High School.

The Florida Panthers are keeping a close eye on the Gophers’ Nick Bjugstad, their first round pick from two years ago. Bjugstad is one of the top scorers this year for the Gopher men’s hockey team.

Burnsville’s Mark Osieke has his Ohio State hockey team at 11-3-1 and ranked No. 7 in the country.

There’s a new scoreboard up at Ridder Arena for the Gopher women’s hockey team.

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Fran Tarkenton paid a visit to the Vikings team hotel while they were in Atlanta for some breakfast with friends in the organization.

Mike Max