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MINNEAPOLIS—The Gophers begin spring football Tuesday with a long list of areas for coach P.J. Fleck to address after a 5-7 debut season at Minnesota. A year ago, Fleck installed his fast-paced practice format during spring ball and had to be creative with an offensive line that, at times, had only four healthy players.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota United will begin its second MLS season Saturday, March 3, with a vastly different starting lineup than one they fielded for their debut game in the league last March. Only three of the 11 starters from the nationally televised blowout loss to Portland are expected to be in the same roles when the Loons face the Earthquakes in San Jose, Calif. Only five of the 12 players in that first game are even on the current roster.
ST. PAUL—Gophers mens basketball coach Richard Pitino said he stayed out of center Reggie Lynch's decision to drop his appeals in the University of Minnesota's decision to expel him for his role in two sexual misconduct incidents. "We've kind of focused on what we have here," Pitino said Tuesday, Feb. 20. "(Lynch) made decisions on how he wanted to go about it, with his family, lawyer and so on, that we didn't really get involved in. We've just been focusing in on our guys."
The Gophers released a variety of new uniform combinations on Tuesday that attempt to stay true to Minnesota’s traditional look while bringing in new elements.
ST. PAUL — When coach Jessica Allister left the Gophers softball team in July, Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle consulted a prepared list of potential replacements and sought input from baseball coach John Anderson. Anderson, who has been at the U since 1981, told his boss to find someone who knows how to coach indoors. Well, Jamie Trachsel doesn't know any different.
MINNEAPOLIS — Although the Gophers signed their entire 2018 recruiting class in December and were quiet on the traditional national signing day Wednesday, Feb. 7, P.J. Fleck still maintained a packed schedule. Minnesota's football coach finished an early afternoon meeting with general manager Gerrit Chernoff and ate a couple bites of tacos as he talked with the Pioneer Press for 25 minutes in his new corner office at the Larson Football Performance Center. Then he had another phone interview at the bottom of the hour.
ST PAUL—The Gophers are not the first college basketball program to deal with absent players, so coach Richard Pitino said he isn't calling on colleagues to provide advice or comfort during Minnesota's rough past month. "We've all had seasons where we've had things out of our control," Pitino said. "There is such a fine line between a good season and a mediocre season, and a lot of it has to do with being healthy" and eligible to play.
ST PAUL—Stefon Diggs savored a few morsels of solace Thursday, Feb. 1. The Vikings wide receiver received the loudest cheers when introduced as a participant in the Land O' Lakes Farm Bowl at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Then he and California dairy farmer J.J. Nunes beat five other pairs in a series of farm-like activities to bring awareness to where food really comes from.
MINNEAPOLIS — Back in the 1970s, the Vikings actually made it to Super Bowls. Many older fans are trying to forget them, while younger ones weren't old enough to remember it. Now, they've endured their painful losses earlier in the playoffs. Minnesota's 38-7 loss to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 21 was just the latest letdown; it extended the Vikings' Super Bowl drought to 42 years and counting.
ST. PAUL—Immediately before the NFL's shield logo fills your TV screen and Super Bowl LII kicks off at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4, a Minnesota-based bank and ad agency will air a 30-second commercial in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 100 million viewers nationwide.