Lofton Dismissed From Gophers Basketball TeamJunior guard Zach Lofton has been dismissed from the Minnesota basketball program. Coach Richard Pitino said Wednesday that Lofton was dismissed for "failing to meet the expectations and obligations of the team." The dismissal is effective immediately. Pitino calls the decision difficult but says it was in the team's best interest "to move forward at this time."
Minnesota Beats Purdue 39-38 To Go 3-0 In Big TenDavid Cobb rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal with 4:59 left to cap Minnesota's comeback on Saturday, giving the Gophers a 39-38 victory over Purdue and their first 3-0 start in Big Ten play since 1990. Cedric Thompson had two interceptions for Minnesota (6-1, 3-0).
Minnesota Tries To Avoid Michigan HangoverThe Little Brown Jug has been on a victory parade of sorts after Minnesota took it from Michigan for just the second time in the last 24 games of one of the longest running rivalries in college football. It's hard to blame the Golden Gophers, or their giddy fans and school officials, for reveling in the aftermath of a 30-14 victory at the Big House on Sept. 27.
Jamie, Kim Get The Full Gophers Football ExperienceWCCO 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.
Vikings Sign Ex-Gopher MarQueis Gray, As Tight End The Minnesota Vikings have claimed tight end MarQueis Gray and offensive tackle Mike Harris off waivers. Linebacker Larry Dean and offensive tackle Austin Wentworth were released Sunday to make room on the roster.
Former Gophers QB Arrested For Assault In MankatoFormer Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning in Mankato, Minn. for an alleged assault, according to authorities.
Bears Draft Gopher Brock Vereen In 4th RoundThe Chicago Bears selected Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and traded up in the fourth round to pick Minnesota safety Brock Vereen on Saturday. Carey was chosen with the 17th pick of the fourth round, 117th overall, and Vereen was 131st.
Falcons Draft Gopher DE Ra'Shede HagemanThe Atlanta Falcons bolstered their pass rush by picking Minnesota defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Hageman, the fifth pick of the second round, joins a defense that ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and third-fewest in sacks.
Union Wins NCAA Title, Beating Minnesota 7-4 Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey. And the Dutchmen did it at the expense of two of the sport's giants, toppling Minnesota for its first NCAA title after beating Boston College in the semifinals.
Union-Minnesota For Frozen 4 TitleIt was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota — in overtime, in Minneapolis — for a win that pretty much put its program on the map. Back then, Union had yet to even appear in an NCAA tournament. Now, it's one victory away from the national championship.
North Dakota-Minnesota Rivalry Renewed At Frozen 4The North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series was a significant casualty of the football-driven conference realignment that interrupted so many classic rivalries across the country. As if prearranged to mollify fans frustrated by the first regular season in 67 years without this border-state matchup, the rivalry will be revived at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. Those close to the clash felt like it was supposed to happen.
Gopher Maverick Ahanmisi Plays ‘Best Basketball’ During Final Season's Final GamesWhen DeAndre Mathieu got hurt, Maverick Ahanmisi got his chance he’d been waiting his entire college career for. In what could have been the senior’s last college game, he scored a career-high 21 points in the Gophers' opening-round win over High Point University.
Gophers Look For A ‘W’ In MadisonGopher forward Joey King say there's nothing like a Gopher-Wisconsin game. "Just the opportunity to play Wisconsin, it's something that people from Minnesota really look forward to," King said. The win the first time may have changed the Gopher's season. It also changed the way teams see Mo Walker, a key down the stretch, according to Coach Richard Pitino.
Mathieu, Minnesota Overcome Indiana 66-60DeAndre Mathieu had 10 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Minnesota overtake Indiana for a 66-60 victory on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak. Maurice Walker pitched in 14 points and eight rebounds, and Andre Hollins added 10 points for the Gophers (16-8, 5-6 Big Ten), who lost to Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue over the last two weeks by a total of eight points. This time, they came through in the closing minutes.
Gophers Get Ready To Host Hockey City Classic TCF Bank Stadium will hold an outdoor doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Hockey City Classic, featuring the Minnesota Gophers men's and women's hockey teams. The men’s team took to the ice late Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday’s game. It was also a chance to see the ice at nightfall, checking out the sight lines under the lights. Coach Dan Lucia says there will be one other element in play that's a bit more distracting than the waning sunlight.