MINNEAPOLIS — Emails acquired by the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday indicate that Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson informed supervisors in early March of suspicions that members of his wrestling team were using drugs. Robinson, 69, is on paid leave pending the results of campus police and school investigations into allegations that University of Minnesota wrestlers were using and selling the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
MINNEAPOLIS — Former University of Minnesota interim athletics director Beth Goetz is leaving to be the chief operating officer for athletics at the University of Connecticut, the Gophers announced Thursday. Goetz, who will be in charge of football among other roles with the Huskies, took over as the interim AD with the Gophers in August 2015, when Norwood Teague resigned after a sexual harassment scandal. She was hired by Teague from Butler as deputy AD in 2013.
ST. PAUL — Bruce Boudreau has his first assistant coach. After clearing out the team’s coaching staff last month, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced the hiring of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Scott Stevens an assistant coach on Tuesday.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Vikings rookie Laquon Treadwell would love to talk about the chemistry he’s developing with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Then again, the wide receiver probably has more established with backup Shaun Hill. Treadwell, taken with the No. 23 overall pick in April’s draft, is still paying his NFL dues, so he is working with the second team while Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright work with Bridgewater and the starters.
MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson was placed on paid administrative leave, new Gophers athletics director Mark Coyle said Wednesday. Four wrestlers are being investigated by campus police and the university for selling Xanax. Several other members are accused of using the prescription anti-anxiety drug, which is not a banned substance by the NCAA.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has initiated an internal investigation of its wrestling program, which last week became embroiled in allegations of a prescription-drug ring among its student-athletes. A...
EDEN PRAIRIE — Laquon Treadwell’s brother said it would be “cool” to play in the same city as his big-league big brother, but Minnesota isn’t showing much interest in Juawan Treadwell. The Vikings selected Laquon out of Mississippi in the first round of last month’s NFL draft. His brother Juawan is a cornerback and Division I prospect entering his senior season at Crete-Monee High School, just south of Chicago.
SEATTLE — Twins manager Paul Molitor is eager for the return of pitching coach Neil Allen, suspended indefinitely after being arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning. “It was a hard day. It was emotional,” Molitor said Friday before the Twins’ late game against the Mariners in Seattle. “My concern’s about my good friend and how he’s doing. I think everybody walked around with that pit-in-the-stomach feeling after the news broke … but my thoughts are about what we can do for him here in the short term to support him.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins pitching coach Neil Allen has been suspended indefinitely with pay after being arrested Thursday and charged with driving while intoxicated, the team announced. Eric Rasmussen, in his eighth season as minor league pitching coordinator for the Twins, was named interim pitching coach.
MINNEAPOLIS — Like everyone else in a position of authority with the Minnesota Twins, Tom Brunansky never saw this coming. Now in his fourth season as the team’s hitting coach, the former Twins all-star and World Series champion is as stunned as anyone by a 12-34 start marred by consistently poor production from the lineup.