Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tubby Smith's Contract Extended!

Minnesota Gopher basketball Coach, Tubby Smith's contract has been extended through the 2016-17 season! On Tuesday, Smith said his contract extension will keep his pay the same: $1.75 million a year. His new contract also added three years to the two remaining on his previous contract, but he didn't get a pay raise, like he wanted. 

What does this mean for the Gopher team?

Smith thinks it's a good thing.  "I can genuinely say, 'Look fellas, I'm here.' For kids we sign this year or next year, I'll be here. Nobody knows whether you'll be here for certain or not because a lot of things can happen. But you expect to be here because you have a contract extension." 

Now let's see some wins on the board! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gopher Alum Competes in 2012 Olympics!

Who's getting excited for the Summer Olympics?! I can not wait to watch Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (obvs), Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal! Lindsey Berg is one of the gopher alum who will hit the Volleyball court July 26th! Lindsey was a four year setter starter for the gophers from 1998-2001 AND she still ranks 2nd all-time in Big Ten history for both her services aces and assists. What an athlete! Lindsey is also team USA captain and London will be her 3rd Olympics!

Good luck winning USA the gold!

Check out Lindsey's complete profile here

Approved Beer Sales During Home Games at TCF Stadium!

So. Beer will FINALLY be sold on football Saturdays at the golden gophers home stadium! The University of Minnesota Regents voted and it was approved 10-1.

What does this mean for the University? 

First off, more fun! Everyone likes to sip a beer while watching sporting events. Don't believe it? Check out this article on a study from our very own researchers at the University of Minnesota on the relationship between sports and alcohol consumption!

Also, a HUGE profit gain! It is estimated that selling beer during football Saturday will bring in $1.5 million yearly in extra revenue to the university! Woo! 

However, Gopher security will have keep an even closer watch on the activity of the students. Already pregamed-up college students will now be able to get their hands on even MORE brew, which might make lewd behavior and alcohol poisoning a bigger threat.  But, Gopher regents were smart and are locating the venders on the west side of the stadium; farthest away from the student section :) AND this article shows that thanks to more security in places that sell beer, there hasn't been a significant increase in incidents!

Gophers in the TCF Stadium will be the first Big Ten school to sell alcohol outside of it's suites. Sooo take that Badgers! 

I, personally, can't wait to see how crazy our gophers will get during Homecoming against Iowa! Mark your calenders:  September 28, 2013.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hunter Friesen To Walk On at U of M

Hunter Friesen and Philip Nelson are hoping to transfer their football skills from Mankato West High School to the turf at TCF Stadium in 2013.

Friesen, a top receiving target for Nelson at West High School, accepted the oppotrunity to walk on at the U of M for the Gophers' 2013-14 season.

Friesen will take this season off, enroll at Minnesota in January and be on the practice field by spring 2013.

Nick Bjugstad: Pro or No?

The main question for the University of Minnesota's superstar Nick Bjugstad is whether or not he should return for another year of schooling and college hockey or if he should sign a contract that would make him a professional hockey player next season.

Bjugstad has come out stating that the decision is a very difficult one. He hinted that he would like to return to school in order to complete his degree in Business.

Nick Bjugstad is 6'6", 19 years old and a sophomore in college.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Minnesota Gophers Football Homecoming Game

The Minnesota football team is hosting Northwestern for its 2012 homecoming game.

Homecoming weekend is October 12-14. The football game is Saturday, October 13th at 11am at TCF Bank Stadium.

Marvin Taylor Dies at 60

Marvin “Corky” Taylor, who played basketball for the Gophers from 1970-1973 and was a member of their 1972 Big Ten title team, died Thursday due to complications from lung cancer.

He was 60.

Taylor wrapped up his career averages 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Taylor is often remembered for his role in the infamous Gophers/Ohio State brawl in 1972, which started when Taylor kneed Ohio State's Luke Witte in the groin.

Gophers Hockey Hosts Spartans Homecoming Week

The University of Minnesota has announced the start times for its season opening series against Michigan State at Mariucci Arena.

The series centers around homecoming weekend. The first game of the series takes place at 6pm on Friday, October 12th. The next game takes place on Saturday, 13th at 8pm.

The Minnesota football team is hosting its homecoming game against Northwestern at 11am at TCF on Saturday.

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