University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton was just planning to stay in and watch the Frozen Four semifinal hockey game. But after the Gophers pulled off a stunning last-second victory, she started receiving Snapchats from friends who were out and about in Dinkytown as students overran the street ... More >>
A look behind the scenes with the hardest-working man in Minnesota media
The coaching biography of new University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Rich Pitino contained a falsehood at each of his last four jobs, according to Patrick Reusse.SEE ALSO: U of M to spend money on study investigating whether it spends too much moneyReusse, who isn't a fan of the Pitino hirin ... More >>
Funding cuts hit Minnesota's long-standing drop-in center
One NCAA tournament win apparently wasn't enough to save Tubby Smith's job.SEE ALSO: Tubby Smith busts all sorts of dance moves following Gophers' season-saving win [VIDEO] Late this morning, CBS's Jeff Goodman reported that one day after losing in the round of 32 to Florida, Tubby has been fired. D ... More >>
After a disappointing collapse from eighth in the country in January to ninth in the Big Ten Tournament in March, Tubby Smith doesn't have many supporters left.THE BEST OF TIMES: Rodney Williams Jr.'s insane block seals Gophers' upset win over #1 Indiana [VIDEO] There's Sid Hartman. And believe it o ... More >>
This morning, news circulated of a University of Minnesota student found dead at the Roy Wilkins Hall dormitory.Shortly thereafter, Gophers basketball player Chip Armelin tweeted: "Rest In Peace to Gary Tinsley, Senior Linebacker For The Gophers." Later reports confirmed Tinsley was indeed the stude ... More >>
Jerry Kill finally got some good news this morning.Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is having a rough year. In his first season with the Gophers, Kill's team is 1-6, with colossal losses against Big Ten rivals and embarrassing failures against minor football schools.Much more important, the lo ... More >>
Gophers coach Tubby Smith and the U of M are on the hook for $1 million.The University of Minnesota and head Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith are on the hook for $1 million in a legal battle now four years in the making with would-be assistant coach Jimmy Williams. In a judgement released M ... More >>
U of M: The M stands for "mediocre." The University of Minnesota really is one of the best schools in the country... if you get far enough down the list. The U came in No. 68 on the U.S. News and World Report's influential college rankings list, which was released yesterday. Coming in 68th in any ... More >>
Where does Goldy go to grab cheap game-day grub?A reader writes: I remember when Benchwarmer Bob's was still open. They would offer $0.50 burgers during the Gopher football games. I would like to know if there is anyone out there that offers such specials during the Gopher Games anymore?
U of M.Harris says the timing is coincidence.Amid allegations of discrimination, the University of Minnesota's golf director announced Friday he plans to resign. John Harris, who has been with the college only a year, is accused of not allowing former assistant coach Katie Brenny to do her j ... More >>
MSFCThe entire Dome will be a construction zone while workers install new panels.The Metrodome isn't going to be ready for play at least through March. That means roughly 300 baseball games scheduled for the field in the next three months are going to be played elsewhere, says Bill Lester, E ... More >>
Jerry Kill meets the press.Coach Jerry Kill ran winning football programs at Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois, and Chris Barron thinks Kill can do the same for Minnesota -- if Gophers fans give the guy a chance. Barron, the college sports columnist for the weekly Carbondale Times in ... More >>
Investigation by U of M finds no NCAA violations
If you love beer, you've probably had dreams like this: You're wandering around a big, open space, surrounded by hundreds of great beers, and you can drink any of them you want! You can make that dream a reality at City Pages' 18th annual Beer Festival, coming up on Saturday, June 5, in dow ... More >>
Photo: blackcustard/FlickrGopher men's basketball recruit Trevor Mbakwe, accused of assaulting a woman in the parking lot of the Florida apartment complex where they both lived in April 2009, will get his day in court on June 7. Mbakwe was playing for Miami Dade Community College at the time ... More >>
The U launched the internal probe in mid-December in reaction to a report from The Minnesota Daily.
Remember those two strangers who met at the Metrodome last year during the Gopher game against the Iowa Hawkeyes and decided to have a bathroom romp with a crowd of cheering fans? The PiPress decided to spend a weekend stalking them.
Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.
Somebody needs to educate him on the power of good coaching.
In which Coach Smith makes some helpful suggestions to his employer on how best to spend taxpayer money.
The Gopher Men's basketball team plays North Dakota State and, unlike the football team, does not lose. Check it out, they're 5-1!
Iowa State scored a pair of upsets early, then dominated the upper weight classes, knocking off the defending national champion Minnesota wrestlers by an 18-13 margin. The Williams Arena showdown between the top two squads in the country wasn't decided until the heavyweight bought. It was an after ... More >>
Hey U of M hoops fans, did you get really excited and buy those Final Four tickets after the Gophers started 3-0? No? That's probably for the best.
The other bad stadium deal
I don't know Pam Borton and I never played ball for her. All I know is what I saw and what I wrote in City Pages two years ago; a scenario of a tough coach and a tough player who found each other and who wanted the same thing:
Lindsay Whalen goes down, and the lights go out in Williams arena
How Lindsay Whalen resurrected the Lady Gophers
Putting Minnesota on the map with a national title was the easy part. For the Gopher women's hockey team, sustaining that reputation is the challenge.
University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson's to-do list this season: win big ten championship. Win national title. Put stranglehold on the growth of women's athletics.
What's with Kevin Clark's erratic performance this season? And what's Clem Haskins going to do about it?
The Gophers look good for '99. Unfortunately, so does the rest of the Big Ten.
The Gophers' Women's Volleyball team is becoming one of the best squads in the nation. But can they satisfy their athletic director?
The Gophers' postseason will, like the regular season, be a moral victory.
Having endured a slew of injuries and a school-record seven straight losses, Doug Woog's Gopher hockey team still seems primed for a patented stretch run toward the NCAA Tournament.
This year, even the patsies make Clem Haskins nervous.
Fans forget that college basketball, especially under Clem Haskins, is often defined by slow growth, not perpetual motion. Hopefully, Gophers center Miles Tarver will ignore them.
How sports are wrecking schools.