Thursday, May 27, 2010

Williams Wins Case Vs. Smith

Tubby Smith and the Universityof Minnesota owe Jimmy Williams 1.25 million dollars after the jury decided to side with Williams. From the star tribune, here are some key accusations that led to the decision by the jury.
Two crucial moments came Tuesday. One when Smith became angry under cross-examination and pointed at Williams, saying he had a duty to disclose the previous problems at the U.
Williams then said Smith was lying when he denied offering him the job.
The U of M should be okay financially considering they have insurance for these types of cases. An important aspect of the case is that Williams worked under the University for a number of years after his violations, so it proves that they weren't a big deal. Also, Smith knows Williams very well and must have known about them before he offered the job.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Berezowitz Suspended

University of Minnesota recruiting chief was suspended because of tactics he used during the recruitment of Cretin Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson, who will be attending USC next fall. Henderson watched a personalized video and personalized PowerPoint presentation during an unofficial visit in January. Henderson was shown cardboard cutout likenesses of grade school children wearing Minnesota jerseys. According to the report, Berezowitz and head coach Tim Brewster were each issued letters of admonishment and have met with compliance. The school says the football program must obtain pre-approval on recruiting activities for one year.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tubby Smith Being Sued by Jimmy Williams

Tubby Smith was sued by Jimmy Williams after Smith offered him a position at the University of Minnesota as an assistant basketball coach, but retracted the offer. Meanwhile, Jimmy Williams quit his job as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University because he thought he was guarenteed the job at the University of Minnesota. Maturi didn't allow Williams to work for the Gophers because of his violations during his earlier tenure with the Gophers in 1976. Williams has not made a violation since. Williams has not been able to get another coaching job because this case against Smith has damaged his reputation

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2009 Recruiting Class has Been Very Disapointing

The Minnesota Golden Gophers came into the 2009 College Basketball season with one of the most promising teams in the Gophers history. They returned each significant contributor from the year before, whose team went to the NCAA tournament, and the Gophers were bringing in the best recruiting class in years that included Royce White, Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, and Justin Cobbs. White, a top 30 recruit, has yet to wear a Gophers uniform after the Mall of America incident and he allegedly stole lab tops from a dorm room. Trevor Mbakwe was suspended for the 2009 season because he allegedly sexually harassed a woman in Miami in April of 2009. Sources have indicated that Mbawke is seeking to transfer from the U. Rodney Williams got off to a terrific start, but struggled mightily at the end of the season. Justin Cobbs was not very good and is looking to transfer. The once promising Gophers seem to be heading for a downfall.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Brewster says Adam Weber is Still the Starter

Tim Brewster announced today that Adam Weber will enter fall camp as the Gophers number one quarterback. Weber struggled immensely under new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fischer. Weber struggled the most once the Gophers lost Eric Decker to a foot injury that cost him the latter of his senior season. Marquis Gray will be the back up. Gray, a sophomore, has more potential than Weber and played sparingly for the Gophers last season. Weber is Minnesota's all-time leader in career pass completions and yards. He needs 1,762 more passing yards to become the fifth player in Big Ten history to throw for more than 10,000 yards in a career. Good luck Gophers!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bethke's Going to Germany to Play With National Team

Katie Bethke, a senior on the University of Minnesota's women's soccer team, will be traveling to Germany to play for the U23 Women's National Team. She was invited to the camp last month, and was slected as one of the 17 players to be on the team. The team is made up of 17 of the top college players around the country. The National Team will play their three matches 21-31. Bethke will be entering her senior year and the expections for her are sky high after a fantastic junior season in which she led the Gophers with 11 goals and 29 points. Good luck Katie, we know you'll make the University of Minnesota proud.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rowers take Fifth

The U of M Gophers rowing team was hosted by Michigan State this past Saturday where they finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships. Wisconsin took its first Big Ten title and Michigan State was second. Senior Lucy Mulvey and sophomore Cassie Drozynski also took home All-Big Ten honors from the championships. The Gophers rowing team will now need to prepare themselves for the South/Central Sprints set for May 15-16 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Good luck girls!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Last week of school at the U of M

This is the last week of school at the University of Minnesota and everyone, including the athletes, are buzzing around trying to get through the week. Thoughts of final exams, grades and, for many, graduation are flooding the campus. The Golden Gopher Athletic Department is proud of their student athletes for making the University of Minnesota one of the top schools for emphasizing the importance of academics throughout their teams. Continuously, the U of M has shown a solid standing among the Big Ten All-Academic teams. Good job Gophers! Keep up the good work!

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